The Jacksonville Jaguars have spent the past couple of seasons in a rut, but new owner Shahid Khan may have found the formula to turn his franchise around.
Following the press conference of new Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley, it is clear that the energy surrounding this franchise has done a complete 180 from where it was less than a month ago.
Bradley, who was tabbed by new Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell to lead the turn around, has more energy in his pinky than former head coach Mike Mularkey possessed in his entire body. In his introductory press conference Bradley came off as not only excitable and energetic, but he came off as the kind of guy who can be the leader of men. From the outpouring of support from his former Seattle Seahawks players yesterday you can tell that Bradley is the kind of guy that commands respect from his players. Given the way the last two Jaguars head coaches have made enemies in the locker room, Bradley’s ability to inspire confidence from his players is an essential trait.
Bradley’s credentials as a defensive coach speak for themselves, but more importantly he has the personality of an NFL head coach. This is something the Jaguars have truly lacked since they fired Tom Coughlin after the 2002 season.
Even though Khan bought the Jaguars over a year ago, I feel like today was the true beginning of his reign as owner. With Caldwell and Bradley, two young and energetic guys in the fold, Khan has completely made his mark on this franchise.
Starting over fresh was an essential move for Khan this offseason to try and wash off the stink of a 2-14 season and attempt to recapture some of the energy he generated in the fan base when he purchased the team. Hiring a coach like Bradley is a step in the right direction.