Searching for a coach who was equal parts energetic and intense, tactician and leader, the Jaguars hired Gus Bradley on Thursday hoping he and new general manager Dave Caldwell can provide stability and success to a franchise that has been adrift in both departments since its last playoff appearance five years ago.
Now it's up to the new coach to put together a staff, with offensive coordinator the key component.
Bradley, 46, served as the Seattle Seahawks' defensive coordinator the last three years and wowed Caldwell during an interview Wednesday. Bradley, who will be introduced to the media on Friday, is the Jaguars' third head coach in as many years.
The move completed owner Shad Khan's massive makeover that started a day after the Jaguars completed a 2-14 season, the worst in team history.
Bradley and Caldwell no doubt talked about offensive coordinators during the interview and that process continued Thursday when the Jaguars asked for permission to speak with New Orleans assistant Pete Carmichael. But he opted to remain with the Saints.
The Jaguars have three staff openings (all on offense) and are expected to employ new offensive and defensive coordinators.
Only once the coordinators are in place will the process of deciding on the quarterback situation, the preferred schemes and whom to pick with the No. 2 overall draft choice in late April will begin.
Just as he was decisive last week in closing the door on acquiring current Jets quarterback Tim Tebow, Caldwell acted similarly in finding a replacement for Mike Mularkey.
The first interview wasn't until Monday. Only four candidates were interviewed. And among the eight new head coaches, Bradley is the only one with a defensive background.
"It was just a matter of time before Gus Bradley became a head coach in the NFL," Caldwell said in a statement.
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Jaguars' coaching search ends with Gus Bradley
Jacksonville Times-Union | Jan 18