Gus Bradley’s ability to be the player’s coach may be his saving grace, even if the Jaguars don’t improve too much during his first season as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Seattle Seahawks players adore Bradley. He is regarded as a top level defensive coordinator and a superb coach. He has gained his players respect, and, through them and their hard work, has gained the respect of other coaches.
When Bradley was first announced as a possible Jaguar head coach, I found a quote from defensive guru Monte Kiffin that I like a lot:
J.L., listen to me. I have got a guy here in Tampa that is one of, if not, the finest football coaches I have ever worked with. He’s an A-plus. He’s a once-in-a-lifetime coach. You need to talk to him.
There’s a reason that Bradley stuck around after Mora was no longer in Seattle. It’s because he is an A-plus coach. A once-in-a-lifetime coach who gets you where you need to be and continues to make an impact. The Jaguars players won’t quit on Bradley, because he’s that kind of coach.
As GM Dave Caldwell said in his statement,
It was just a matter of time before Gus Bradley became a head coach in the NFL and the Jacksonville Jaguars are extremely fortunate that Gus will be on our sidelines for many years to come. Gus more than met every criteria we insisted on from our new head coach, and his intangibles and leadership abilities are exceptional. Gus is who the Jaguars need now and in the future.
That leadership showed in Seattle. The Seahawks didn’t quit on him and they helped to carry a rookie quarterback to the playoffs. It’s tough when you lose, especially when you have to dig yourself out of a hole to do it, but that defense locked it down until the end against the Falcons. In the end, it wasn’t enough. Had the game been closer earlier, I guarantee we’d be seeing Seattle in the NFC Championship.
You can’t teach heart. But you can inspire it.
Bradley does that. He’ll get the Jaguars over-perform, much like the Seahawks did for most of the season.
- Luke N. Sims
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