The Jacksonville Jaguars expect to get above .500 in 2016, setting a clear objective for head coach Gus Bradley to attain.
Gus Bradley should be feeling at least a slight increase in temperature, because his seat is officially warm.
The Jacksonville Jaguars expect to be a winning team and if Bradley can’t get them there, it’s clear that owner Shad Khan isn’t going to be shy about finding someone who can. It’s .500 or bust for the Jaguars in 2016, so expect Bradley to begin to feel the heat.
Given relative freedom to turn around an abysmal culture stemming from the midseason firing of Jack Del Rio in 2011, one-year franchise worst showing under Mike Mularkey in 2012, and years of roster mismanagement under former general manager Gene Smith, head coach Gus Bradley had a huge task set out for him.
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So far, the bubbly, animated coach has done an admirable job of changing the culture. He, working with GM Dave Caldwell and Khan, has managed to make the Jaguars a an up-and-coming team in the eyes of many pundits, other observers, and fans. This was felt way back in 2013 and 2014.
But the results just haven’t been there yet.
Mark Long, writing for the AP, has noted that Gus Bradley wants to “get it right” in 2016. “All my attention is for this organization and for our players and how do we get this right and how do we keep improving rapidly,” states Bradley when talking about his job and moving the Jaguars forward. This is important for the Jaguars, especially in a business that demands success.
Even as his seat heats up, Gus Bradley cannot be overly concerned about saving his job. He has to focus on doing what is best for the Jaguars. He’s technically extended for one more season beyond 2016, but he’ll have to show something special if the Jags don’t get above .500. He’ll have to show that the foundation he has been building over the last three seasons can reach heights beyond mediocrity under his leadership.
Otherwise, Khan will find someone who can.
The temperature is rising for Gus Bradley and if he can’t turn the team into winners then it’s perfectly acceptable for the Jacksonville Jaguars to seek a change at the top.
With just a 12-26 record, Bradley’s officially on the hot seat.