Less than 24 hours after Chip Kelly took the head coaching job for the Philadelphia Eagles, former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley became the new head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday.
Bradley has been praised for his work as a defensive coordinator in Seattle after the Seahawks advanced to the Divisional Round of the playoffs thanks to one of the top defenses in the league, and it should be interesting to see how well he does fixing a Jaguars team that won just two games all of last season–which is part of the reason why Mike Mularkey was fired after just one season.
Of course, Bradley’s new role with Jacksonville certainly won’t be an easy one as the offense ranked 29th overall in 2012 while the defense ranked 30th. With the hope of Maurice Jones-Drew–who played in just six games last year–returning to full strength along with Justin Blackmon showing potential at times, there’s no reason why Jacksonville’s offense shouldn’t be able to bounce back, but the main focus for Bradley will be what type of impact he can have on the team’s horrendous defense.
And of course the main question everybody wants to know–what will the team do over their quarterback situation? Blaine Gabbert has had two years now to prove himself as an effective quarterback in the league and with the way things looked in 2012–the future doesn’t appear to be bright for the former first-round pick when it comes to the starting job at quarterback in Jacksonville.
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