This was supposed to be the season the Jacksonville Jaguars challenged in the AFC South, but now with two games left in another awful campaign, they have just canned their head coach.
The team announced they fired coach Gus Bradley, just after the team lost another tough game, 21-20 to the Houston Texans after they appeared to be in control all afternoon.
Bradley, who was supposed to be an up and coming coach who would take the team to the next level, leaves the organization with the second-worst winning percentage of any NFL head coach who has coached at least 50 games.
Owner Shad Khan canned Bradley after the Jags lost their 9th straight game, which is the most in franchise history in a single season.
GM Dave Caldwell will hold news conference on Monday afternoon to announce an interim coach for the season’s final two games. It’s likely to be offensive line coach Doug Marrone or defensive backs coach DeWayne Walker.
“I thanked Gus Bradley today for his commitment to the Jacksonville Jaguars over the past four seasons,” owner Shad Khan said in a statement. “As anyone close to our team knows, Gus gave his staff and players literally everything he had. Our players competed for Gus and I know they have great respect for him, as do I.
“Gus also represented the Jaguars, the Jacksonville community and the NFL in nothing less than a first-class manner as our head coach. That counts for a lot. It is unfortunately evident that we must make a change. I thought it would be best to do it immediately after today’s result so Gus can step away, relax and regroup with his family during the Christmas and holiday season.”
Bradley was 14-48 (.226) in three-plus seasons with the Jaguars. The only coach with a worse winning percentage is Bert Bell (.190), who also was the Philadelphia Eagles’ owner.