Owner Shad Khan had enough after the Jaguars latest loss, firing head coach Gus Bradley.
The timing might seem odd but the outcome was inevitable – the Jacksonville Jaguars fired head coach Gus Bradley after the team blew another 4th quarter lead on Sunday.
The interim coach will almost certainly be offensive line coach Doug Marrone, the former head coach of the Buffalo Bills.
Gus Bradley leaves Jacksonville after having established himself as the worst head coach in NFL history in terms of wins and losses. He headed a full-scale rebuilding effort back in 2013, but his 14-48 record was phenomenally disastrous and it was a wonder he even made it back as coach for the 2016 season.
Gus Bradley seemed like the perfect fit for a Jaguars team that was destined to be full of young players. Bradley was known for being extremely positive, and his philosophy resolved around just getting better individually and showing growth. That was fine and dandy in year 1 and maybe even year 2 as the roster was systematically dismantled, but the Jaguars never grew to the point of being competitive.
Things started to turn sour in 2015, after Bradley deemed the team was “built” – the Jaguars went on to finish 5-11, including a horrific stretch at the end of the season that should have solidified his dismissal.
Instead, Bradley was given another chance to right the ship in 2016 with what many saw as young, talented, and ascending roster. Unsurprisingly, Bradley hasn’t been able to will the Jaguars to enough wins in 2016. Quite the opposite actually, as multiple key players on the roster have regressed drastically. Blake Bortles has become a shell of the gunslinging playmaker he was in 2015, Allen Robinson is mired in a lost season, and the progress of the defense has been overstated.
We all knew this was coming, but it’s nice for it to finally be over.