In an odd, interesting, and ultimately meaningless move, the Jacksonville Jaguars gave head coach Gus Bradley a one-year contract extension.
In order to provide even more “stability,” the Jaguars also handed the rest of the coaching staff extensions into 2017.
The prevailing logic is sound – Bradley only had one year left on his contract and in a year when the Jaguars absolutely need to win, it’s going to be tough to recruit free agents to play for a head coach who might be gone the next year. So yes, Gus Bradley is technically no longer a “lame duck” head coach with only one year left on his contract…
Now he’s a lame duck head coach with two years on his contract.
This is a half-measure. No one actually believes Gus Bradley is coming back in 2017 if there isn’t actual progress in terms of wins in 2016.
All that said, I’m perfectly fine with this move. If this mostly symbolic contract extension helps provide even the tiniest bit of stability to the coaching staff and roster, it’s worth it. The money isn’t a big deal and the Jaguars need to do everything possible to try and lure a handful of premier free agents this offseason.
It’s clear the current players love Gus Bradley – whether or not it’s because he’s too lenient is another story – so giving him this vote of confidence certainly won’t hurt the locker room morale.
In the end, this doesn’t change much. Gus Bradley’s job is still on the line in 2016. His contract is now exactly aligned with general manager David Caldwell so the two are now literally and figuratively relying on each other to succeed to keep their jobs.