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Jaguars sign Gus Bradley to one-year extension

In what is a bold choice at this time of year, the 5-11 Jacksonville Jaguars have formally signed Head Coach Gus Bradley for another season,


In what is a bold choice at this time of year, the 5-11 Jacksonville Jaguars have formally signed Head Coach Gus Bradley for another season, extending his contract into 2017. As most teams are taking this time of year to clear out any dead wood, and make sure that the baby is well and truly thrown out with the bathwater, the Jaguars owner Shad Khan has decided to trust in his management and coaching staff and double down on one last season for the Jaguars. That doesn’t mean that the coaching staff remains the same across the board. Having cleared out defensive coordinator Bob Babich, and initially interviewed Jim Schwartz (prior to him landing the Eagles job), the team have now promoted from within, and placed Todd Wash in charge of defense, previously the running game coordinator & defensive line coach. The defense is where the Jaguars need to be looking when it comes to improvements, so no pressure there for Wash, as they stood at 31st for scoring this season, and have sat in the bottom seven for the last 3. So what can the team stand to gain from keeping a head coach that hasn’t delivered much in the last few seasons? In a word – stability. Keeping the same coach sends a message. It lets all the free agents and draft players know that this isn’t a team that just drops people as soon as they stop playing at 100%. It lets them know that they aren’t going to have to learn new schemes every year, and suffer under a rotating roster of coaches and GMs as the owner holds onto that desperate hope for the perfect fit. That being said, this could well be Bradley’s last shot with the Jaguars. It’s an unspoken fact that if they don’t improve on this season’s record, then he could well be out on his ear next Black Monday. He has to now show that Khan was right to trust in him for another twelve months. Let’s hope that the draft, and free agency, gifts Bradley with some well-equipped defenders to bolster the stopping power of the Jaguars, and drag them out of the bottom of the pack. Blake Bortles gives them hope in the form of a fresh-faced QB, but the real reveal will be to see just how much faith Bradley puts in Wash. Will he allow him to run the defence solo, or micro manage the heavy hitters?  

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