Early in his search to find the Jaguars' new coach, general manager Dave Caldwell talked to people all over the NFL — coaches, scouts, front office executives — to formulate a list of candidates.
The same name frequently came up: Gus Bradley.
Caldwell knew of Bradley, but didn't personally know the Seattle Seahawks' 46-year old defensive coordinator.
"As his name kept popping up, I said, 'I've got to do some research; this is an interesting guy,' " Caldwell said.
What Caldwell found while watching him coach last week against Atlanta and during a marathon interview session Wednesday in Jacksonville is that Bradley is also energetic and passionate … and the right man for the Jaguars' building effort.
Offered the job Wednesday night, Bradley signed a four-year contract Thursday and was introduced during a Friday press conference as the fifth coach in Jaguars history.
"I just think our views were really similar," Bradley said. "[Caldwell] said, 'Gus, here's what I envision.' And I was like, 'That's exactly what I'm thinking.' It was great."
The Jaguars hope the new brain-trust will produce great results. Second-year owner Shad Khan needed nine days to find Caldwell, who is a general manager for the first time. Caldwell interviewed four candidates and needed only one marathon meeting with Bradley to decide to offer him his first NFL head-coaching opportunity.
New Jaguars coach: 'Let's do this thing right'
Jacksonville Times-Union | Jan 19