The Jacksonville Jaguars needed a jolt after a 2-14 season in 2012. They fired their head coach and hired former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley to take over on Thursday, and I must say that this isn’t the move that the team needs. Jacksonville needed a coach with offense as their main calling card, and they failed in that.
While Bradley could end up being a great coach for the Jaguars, it appeared to me that Jacksonville’s biggest problem was the lack of offense. Maurice Jones-Drew returning will help, but the team doesn’t have a great quarterback to get the ball down the field, and I didn’t think the defense was the biggest problem for the Jaguars. The defense seemed like they had it together. Will Bradley make them even better? That is likely, but will the offense have enough to hold up for a bad offense?
Seattle proved this year that you can win with a rookie quarterback and a dominating defense, so maybe Bradley goes to Jacksonville and does the same thing. I think it is a different animal between the two teams though, and it could be several years before that scenario plays out. In the meantime, an improvement of two or three wins in 2013 would be a huge step towards getting things on track again. The AFC South is very difficult and Bradley will learn that quickly, so if he can get his team on his side and motivated from day one, it could work out – but as of right now, I just don’t see it.
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