Gus Bradley hadn't even reached the front gate of Ladd-Peebles Stadium Tuesday morning when he received further confirmation that being the Jaguars' head coach is different than being Seattle's defensive coordinator.
Waiting at the entrance to the Senior Bowl practices were fans with footballs and hats wanting his autograph. Bradley acquiesced.
Bradley and general manager Dave Caldwell were the Jaguars' representatives allowed to watch from the sideline. When it wasn't a front-office executive extending his hand to congratulate Bradley, it was a coach or coordinator doing the same.
"It was an opportunity for Gus to celebrate," new offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch said. "To walk out as a new head coach, it was special for him and it was great to be a part of it."
Bradley, Caldwell, Fisch and defensive coordinator Bob Babich were part of a Jaguars contingent that flew into town in time for the morning workout all the while finalizing the hire of special teams coordinator Mike Mallory.
"It's been great," Bradley said. "A lot of people who have helped me out the last few years in the league were here and I'm appreciative of that."
What Bradley will appreciate is when the coaching staff is filled and he can hunker down at his EverBank Field office and begin studying the roster.
The coordinator spots are filled but the Jaguars need to find coaches for the quarterbacks, running backs, tight ends and offensive/defensive lines. Defensive line coach Joe Cullen took a job with the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday.
Mallory comes to the Jaguars after spending the last five years with the New Orleans Saints, serving two stints as an assistant special teams coach and one as an assistant secondary coach.
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Gus Bradley running on adrenalin at Senior Bowl practices
Jacksonville Times-Union | Jan 23