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The irrepressible Gus Bradley

Post by Dave Boling / The News Tribune on Sep. 18, 2013 at 11:37 am with 17 Comments »
September 18, 2013 11:37 am

Starting out 0-2 with the NFL’s worst offense hasn’t gotten Gus Bradley down. As head coach of the Jaguars, Bradley conducted a teleconference with Seattle media Wednesday morning. He was the anti-Harbaugh, as he still has the upbeat and positive attitude we came to see from him in four seasons as DC for the Seahawks.

He was asked if his good nature was going to be tested this year taking over a franchise that was 2-14 last season. “We’re trying to build something special,” he said. “I had a unique opportunity with the staff to really revamp our culture. Our owner Shad Khan is amazing, our general manager (Dave Caldwell) is amazing, so it really gives me the freedom to share our message, the players have really embraced it. We’re still making some mistakes in our growth, but I really like our guys, I really like their attitude and their whole mentality.”

Bradley admits it’s been weird watching films of the Seahawks, and at times has found himself tempted to make comments about techniques certain players are using. “Those guys are playing really well, REALLY well,” he said. “Dan Quinn and the whole defensive staff has really got them flying around. They’re impressive to watch. I’m happy for them, they’re playing at a high level. You see it’s really coming together for them. I’m sure it’s exciting.”

He says he has a similar approach to Pete Carroll, but he also does some things differently and “that’s just staying true to who I am.”

“I think it’s important to be genuine with our guys, I try to be upbeat and positive and to go through this whole process that way is important to me, and the challenge is to always have that attitude and hold guys accountable, but our guys have responded well.”

Being a head coach “… is a new challenge for me; to be  involved in all three phases and handle the outside things, my position with our team is to try to help everybody be at our best. I try to give our coaches the best opportunity to coach in an environment in which they can excel and that’s what we’re doing with our players.”

He has no regrets having left a team like the Seahawks, which is atop the power rankings in most publications. “I’m just happy for those guys, I’m not going to stop caring for those guys out there, they’re very important.. I wouldn’t be in the position I’m in right now if not for those guys, so I hold them in high regard.. it’s just a new step. I’m really excited about our organization, we’re not where we want to be yet, but it doesn’t stop us from trying to get there as fast as we can.”

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  1. It sure is hard to not love Gus. :) I can honestly say I hope he has huge success with the Jags. Not too many teams that will be as hard to turn around as the Jags. If he can make them winners that would be really cool. Just as long as it doesn’t start to happen until AFTER this weekend.

  2. raymaines says:

    Admittedly, I haven’t researched Jacksonville but I don’t think they’re in any sort of Cap. trouble and they still have all their draft picks next year so I think Oakland would be harder to turn around.

  3. I’ll root for Jaguars after this weekend but intend to leave my voice behind at the stadium, and levee there hopefully celebrating the team being 3-0.

  4. chuck_easton says:

    Khan is only a couple of years into his ownership. Gus is a couple of months into the HC job.

    They both have to overcome the mistakes, miscues, and outright draft misses of the previous regime, but I like their chances.

    I love reading about how the GM should be fired and Bradley will be gone after this season. Funny thing is this usually comes from Jax media and fans.

    You DON’T turn a program around in a year. If Khan holds course and he keeps Gus and the current GM together for 3 to 5 years they could go from the worst team in the NFL to being a contender.

    Owners that get impatient or start to listen to the griping fanbase are owners who have teams that are in perpetual re-build mode ( see Raiders, Carolina, Jets, Bills…).

    We are spoiled here. We have an owner who knew things had to be completely blown up before they were going to get better.

    I recall PC/JS first season. There were people outside the PNW who were predicting total failure and that PC wouldn’t last a year.

    Now we, the fans, are benefitting from the patience and restraint shown by Paul Allen in giving JS and PC the time they needed to tear things down and build the team back up from the subfloor.

    I see Khan as that type of owner as well. He’s in this for the long haul. He isn’t meddling ( see Jerry Jones, Mr. Davis, Snyder…) Gus will get at least 3 years. If the Jags are still this bad after the 2015 season, maybe then you look at a change.

  5. So Gus survives 0-16? No NFL Coach should EVER survive an 0-16 season. 1-15 or 2-14, maybe. But never 0-16.

  6. MoSeahawk12 says:

    With the void of talent on that team, I’d say a first time, first year head coach should be allowed the chance to rebuild the team. 0-16, 2-14. You’re still picking first in the draft the following year. If Gus can bring half the success that Pete brought here, he should do pretty well.

    Jimmy Johnson Cowboys were pretty awful year one, one two games maybe. He tuned out pretty good. (Yes the Walker trade netted them lots of picks over the first few years.)

  7. From PFT: Richard Sherman named NFC defensive player of the week

  8. HawkfaninMT says:

    @Mo: True the Walker trade netted them a haul of picks. Perhaps not dissimlar to the amount of picks the Jags could get if a team wants to move up for Clowney, Bridgwater, Manziel(is he draft eligible) Etc…

    Jags have a LT, WR, and will have a shot at the best QB or Pass Rusher in the draft. Thats a solid start. They need to cut dead weight, draft solid contributors, and sign some young talent…

    He will be fine

  9. Will be interested to see if Gus is still enthusiastic after the season is complete.

  10. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I think the hardest part for Gus this year is keeping the Tebow fanatics from breaking the doors down to the facility. Especially the more they lose.

  11. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Oops. Maybe not. Only 23 adults and one baby showed up for his rally.

  12. As sad as it is – Tebow might just be better than Gabbert

  13. GeorgiaHawk says:

    xcman- You trying to Blame Gabbert? Just kidding.

  14. abqhwkfn says:

    Jags need to get rid of those awful uniforms and helmets.. LOL

  15. chuck_easton says:


    As sad as it is Gabbert is way better than Tebow. Tebow couldn’t beat out any 2nd string QB currently on an NFL roster let alone any starter.

    Tebow is done. And happily so is tebowmania. Let him take his guaranteed millions he got for being a pre rookie wage scale 1st rounder and go off and do whatever it is he’s going to do with the rest of his adult life.

  16. Honestly I am not sure Gabbert is worthy of a #2 QB on an NFL roster either

  17. orbeavhawk says:

    I have NEVER really paid any attention to the JAGS until “our own” GUS Bradley took over there…..he is one COOL/Great Guy and I can’t help but ROOT for HIM and them as long as their success does not come at our expense. I now quite often find myself even going to their site to see what’s new and watch a few of his press conferences. I think, like Pete, he will turn that franchise around IF he and their GM can work like PC and JS…………

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