The Jacksonville Jaguars hired Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley to replace Mike Mularkey, leaving one head coaching vacancy in the National Football League.
Bradley, 46, has spent the past four years in Seattle and this season led a Seahawks’ defense that allowed 15.3 points a game, the fewest in the NFL.
Bradley becomes the seventh coach hired this offseason and replaces Mularkey, who was fired on Jan. 10 after going 2-14 in his only season with the Jaguars. Jacksonville lost 12 of its final 13 games and hasn’t made the playoffs since 2007.
“It was just a matter of time before Gus Bradley became a head coach in the NFL and the Jacksonville Jaguars are extremely fortunate that Gus will be on our sidelines for many years to come,” Jaguars General Manager Dave Caldwell said in a statement. “Gus more than met every criteria we insisted on from our new head coach, and his intangibles and leadership abilities are exceptional.”
The Jaguars’ hiring leaves the Arizona Cardinals as the only NFL team currently seeking a head coach. Bradley had also interviewed for the Philadelphia Eagles’ vacancy, which was filled yesterday by University of Oregon coach Chip Kelly.
Also yesterday, the Chicago Bears hired Marc Trestman of the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes.
Other NFL coaches hired within the past two weeks include Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs, Doug Marrone of the Buffalo Bills, Mike McCoy of the San Diego Chargers and Rob Chudzinski of the Cleveland Browns.
Bradley was a defensive assistant with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2006-08 before joining the Seahawks. He was also a collegiate assistant coach at North Dakota State and Fort Lewis State.