Jaguars’ Marrone: Message no longer resonates with players
LONDON (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone believes his messages to his players are not resonating.
The Jaguars, who reached the AFC Championship game last season, lost their fourth consecutive game, falling 24-18 to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Jacksonville dropped to 3-5 and failed to benefit from playing in England at their home away from home, Wembley Stadium.
The upcoming bye week should provide everyone with an opportunity to do some soul searching — Marrone included.
London calling: Seahawks set for overseas adventure
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Going overseas to play a regular-season game for the first time in franchise history, the Seattle Seahawks did as expected for their trip to England — looking at studies, analyzing options of when to leave and when to arrive and how to keep the week as normal as possible.
Added into that mix of planning was coach Pete Carroll reaching out to an old friend who became accustomed to making the trip to London on a yearly basis.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville's locker room was abuzz late last season. Four guys played table tennis while others crowded around a table for dominoes. Two 80-inch televisions were tuned to a sports highlight show, and music blared from one corner of the room.
Doug Marrone, the team's offensive line coach at the time, walked through and shook his head.
Jags ‘threw a tantrum’ when Marrone started making changes
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville's locker room was abuzz late last season. Four guys played table tennis while others crowded around a small table for dominoes. Two 80-inch televisions were tuned to a sports highlight show, and music blared from one corner of the room.
Doug Marrone, the team's offensive line coach at the time, walked through and shook his head.
Chargers retain coordinators Gus Bradley, Ken Whisenhunt
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers have retained defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.
The Chargers announced the return of head coach Anthony Lynn's top two assistants Tuesday.
Continuity on the coaching staff was a major offseason goal for Lynn and general manager Tom Telesco after the Chargers (9-7) barely missed the playoffs in their relocation season. Los Angeles won nine of its final 12 games, including five straight at StubHub Center.
Packers: Mike McCarthy not alone in interest in Vic Fangio, Gus Bradley
GREEN BAY — If Mike McCarthy is going to hire an outside candidate to be the Green Bay Packers’ next defensive coordinator, the longtime head coach might have to turn on the charm and show what an effective salesman he can be.
Lynn wants Gus Bradley, everybody else back for LA Chargers
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anthony Lynn believes the Los Angeles Chargers are onto something big after their resilient season ended just short of the playoffs.
The head coach is determined to keep this group together as it attempts to build on that success in 2018.
Lynn said on Monday that he wants to return next season with the Chargers' complete player nucleus and his coaching staff, including coordinators Gus Bradley and Ken Whisenhunt.
Bradley could be coveted after restoring coaching rep in LA
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Gus Bradley's coaching career is back on track. The Chargers will soon find out whether that track leads out of Los Angeles.
One year after getting fired as the Jacksonville Jaguars' head coach with a miserable 14-48 record, Bradley is wrapping up his first season as the coordinator of a strong defense for the Chargers (8-7), who still have playoff hopes heading into their regular-season finale against Oakland.
The Los Angeles Chargers are surging in an attempt to earn a playoff berth in the AFC and Zumbrota native Gus Bradley is playing a big role with the team.
Bradley joined the Chargers as the defensive coordinator this season after spending the past four seasons as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Ex-Jags coach Bradley returns to Jacksonville with Chargers
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Gus Bradley has kept close tabs on the Jacksonville Jaguars from afar.
Friends, colleagues, former players. Offseason moves, personnel changes, steady improvements.
The Los Angeles Chargers defensive coordinator will get to see everyone and everything in person Sunday, when Bradley returns to the place where he spent the previous four years and helped lay the foundation for a franchise is off to its best start in a decade.
The rivalry: The Texans lead the AFC South series 19-11 and have won 11 of 15 in NRG Stadium, including six of the last seven.
Chargers Preview Capsule
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (5-11)
New faces: Coach Anthony Lynn, defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, LT Russell Okung, WR Mike Williams.
Key losses: OT King Dunlap, LB Manti Te'o, CB Brandon Flowers, G D.J. Fluker, WR Stevie Johnson, RB Danny Woodhead, OG Forrest Lamp (injured), LB Denzel Perryman (injured ankle).
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars will begin offseason workouts April 17, along with other teams with returning head coaches.
The Jaguars had requested to start April 3, the date teams with new coaches can start, since they promoted interim Doug Marrone to replace Gus Bradley in January.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan plans to keep adding resources "until we have a breakthrough."
Bradley keen on LA Chargers’ future as team moves north
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — After the Jacksonville Jaguars fired Gus Bradley in December, he decided to focus on his family.
Bradley told his wife and four children he would run out the last year of his head coaching contract with school events and family time in North Florida, giving his support back to his biggest fans.
"But that didn't go over so well with them," Bradley said, laughing heartily in his new Los Angeles Chargers shirt.
New Jaguars coach Marrone retains 4 more, rounds out staff
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone rounded out his staff Wednesday by filling the final eight spots, including retaining four more assistants from Gus Bradley's regime.
Redskins promote Cavanaugh, Manusky to coordinator positions
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins turned to internal candidates to fill two critical vacancies, promoting Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator and Greg Manusky to defensive coordinator.
Cavanaugh was the team's quarterbacks coach and Manusky its outside linebackers coach last season. The Redskins announced the promotions Monday along with the hires of Kevin O'Connell as quarterbacks coach and Jim Tomsula as defensive line coach.
Chargers set to hire Gus Bradley as defensive coordinator
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers intend to hire former Jacksonville coach Gus Bradley as their defensive coordinator, the club confirmed Saturday.
Redskins interview Manusky for defensive coordinator job
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins have interviewed outside linebackers coach Greg Manusky for their defensive coordinator job.
The team announced Manusky's interview Tuesday, the fourth confirmed candidate. The others include former Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley, former Buffalo Bills assistant Rob Ryan and former Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine.
Redskins interview Rob Ryan to be defensive coordinator
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins have interviewed Rob Ryan for their defensive coordinator position.
The team confirmed that the longtime NFL assistant interviewed on Monday. Ryan was most recently the Buffalo Bills' assistant head coach/defense this past season under his brother Rex.
Ryan has been defensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints. The Bills ranked 19th in defense this season, and the Saints were last in 2015.
Redskins interview Gus Bradley for defensive coordinator job
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Gus Bradley has interviewed for the Washington Redskins' defensive coordinator job.
The team said on Twitter that former Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Bradley interviewed on Wednesday, two days after Mike Pettine's candidacy was announced.
Bradley was fired by the Jaguars in late November after going 14-48 in three-plus seasons. Before that, he was the defensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks.
Jaguars hire Marrone, bring back Coughlin, extend Caldwell
Jacksonville's coaching search landed someone from its past and present.
The Jaguars can only hope the old-school combination leads to better results in the future.
Owner Shad Khan hired Doug Marrone as head coach Monday and brought back Tom Coughlin to oversee football operations. Marrone replaces Gus Bradley, who was fired in late November after going 14-48 in three-plus seasons.
Kelly, McCoy, Baalke latest to feel the NFL ax
Bono and the guys in U2 are big football fans, as in soccer.
So when they sang about "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and "New Year's Day," they had no intention of describing the end of the 2016 NFL season.
Yet, the firings of Chip Kelly and Trent Baalke in San Francisco, Mike McCoy in San Diego, and the resignation of Gary Kubiak for health reasons in Denver certainly rang true to those rock classics.
Bing Predicts winner: Colts (70 percent)Opening line: IND -7Kickoff time: 1 p.m. ESTThe Jaguars played perhaps their most inspired football last week in the wake of Gus Bradley's firing. Blake Bortles had his best game of the season as Jacksonville scored a season-high 38 points. Bing Predicts expects that type of play to continue against the Colts, who were eliminated from the postseason last week with a loss against Oakland. The Colts have little to play for, while the remaining Jaguars players and coaches will be, in a way, auditioning for whomever the franchise's next head coach will be.
Inspired Jaguars knock out Mariota, rout Titans 38-17
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Blake Bortles admittedly felt all the pressure of Jacksonville's lofty preseason expectations.
Knowing the stakes included popular coach Gus Bradley's job, Bortles played tight all season. He tried to do too much and then even more when losses mounted.
"I put way too much of it on my shoulders," Bortles said. "Probably way more than anybody else."
Titans sputter, lose Mariota, fall to inspired Jaguars 38-17
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans delivered their worst performance of the year at the most inopportune time.
The Jacksonville Jaguars played their best game much later than anyone expected.
The result was a 38-17 drubbing that left the Titans (8-7) and Jaguars (3-12) considering what might have been.
Jaguars regroup, start to move on without fired Gus Bradley
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Little changed for the Jacksonville Jaguars without fired coach Gus Bradley.
Music blared from the practice field. Guys played table tennis and cards in the middle of a bustling locker room. Most of the hard feelings that followed Bradley's dismissal Sunday were gone two days later.
Jaguars have interest in bringing back Tom Coughlin
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars are looking to their past to potentially find their future head coach.
General manager Dave Caldwell said Monday that former New York Giants Tom Coughlin "would be somebody we'd be interested in talking to" about the team's coaching vacancy.
Jaguars name Doug Marrone interim coach for final 2 games
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have named Doug Marrone interim coach for the final two games of the season.
General manager Dave Caldwell made the announcement Monday, a day after owner Shad Khan fired coach Gus Bradley.
Marrone served as Jacksonville's assistant head coach/offensive line coach the past two seasons. Before that, he was Buffalo's head coach for two seasons (2013-14). Marrone went 15-17 with the Bills.
Patience runs out this time of year in the NFL
Patience runs out this time of year in the NFL.
The demise in less than a week of Jeff Fisher and Gus Bradley as coaches of their respective teams provided examples. Rams owner Stan Kroenke and Jaguars boss Shad Khan grew tired of waiting for the on-field product to match their successes away from football.
HOUSTON — The Houston Texans maintained control of the AFC South and gained a quarterback controversy with a win over Jacksonville on Sunday.
The Jaguars lost their coach.
Tom Savage threw for 260 yards after Brock Osweiler was benched in the second quarter, and Lamar Miller scored Houston’s only touchdown with less than three minutes remaining as the Texans rallied for the 21-20 victory. The defeat cost Gus Bradley his job in Jacksonville.
Jaguars fire Bradley after 4th-quarter collapse at Texans
The Jacksonville Jaguars fired Gus Bradley on Sunday, ending one of the least successful coaching tenures in NFL history.
Osweiler benched, Bradley fired, Texans beat Jags 21-20
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans maintained control of the AFC South and gained a quarterback controversy with a win over Jacksonville on Sunday.
The Jaguars lost their coach.
Tom Savage threw for 260 yards after Brock Osweiler was benched in the second quarter, and Lamar Miller scored Houston's only touchdown with less than three minutes remaining as the Texans rallied for the 21-20 victory . The defeat cost Gus Bradley his job in Jacksonville.
Osweiler benched, Bradley fired, Texans beat Jags 21-20
HOUSTON (AP) — Tom Savage threw for 260 yards after Brock Osweiler was benched in the second quarter, and Lamar Miller scored Houston's only touchdown with less than three minutes remaining as the Texans rallied for a 21-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
The Jaguars fired coach Gus Bradley after the loss, Jacksonville's ninth straight. He went 14-48 since taking over in 2013.
Jaguars WR Hurns won’t play at Texans, missing 3rd game
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Allen Hurns will miss his third consecutive game because of a hamstring injury.
Coach Gus Bradley ruled out Hurns on Friday, saying he won't play at Houston (7-6). The Jaguars (2-11) also ruled out guard Chris Reed (toe) and backup running back Denard Robinson (ankle) for Sunday's game.
Losing Jaguars have been far from special on special teams
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have a recurring theme in their eight-game losing streak. And it's not poor play from quarterback Blake Bortles.
The Jaguars (2-11) have had at least one major meltdown on special teams in each of those losses, the kind of gaffes that significantly reduce the team's already-ultra-thin margin for error.
Zumbrota native Gus Bradley will get a shot at being a head coach against the Minnesota Vikings for the first time on Sunday.
Bradley is the coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, who will host the Vikings at noon in a game that will air on FOX.
"Growing up in Minnesota, I loved the Vikings," Bradley said earlier this week.
Jaguars WR Hurns, TE Thomas ruled out, won’t play vs Vikings
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without receiver Allen Hurns and tight end Julius Thomas again Sunday against Minnesota.
Coach Gus Bradley ruled out Hurns (hamstring) and Thomas (back) on Friday as well as running back Denard Robinson (ankle), defensive end Jared Odrick (shoulder) and safety Peyton Thompson (ankle).
Jaguars’ defense has been bright spot in dark season
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have a bright spot in the franchise's darkest season.
Coach Gus Bradley's defense ranks fourth in the NFL in yards allowed and has been at its best the last five weeks. The unit has surrendered 258 yards a game over the last five weeks and given the Jaguars (2-10) a chance to win each time out.
"We're becoming the defense that we're supposed to be," defensive tackle Malik Jackson said Wednesday.
Jaguars rule out RB Ivory, WR Hurns; TE Thomas doubtful
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without two offensive starters Sunday against Denver and maybe a third.
Coach Gus Bradley ruled out running back Chris Ivory (hamstring) and receiver Allen Hurns (hamstring) on Friday. He also listed tight end Julius Thomas (back) as doubtful to play against the defending Super Bowl champion Broncos (7-4).
Jaguars’ Jackson has something to prove against former team
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — After getting two sacks against Buffalo last week, Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Malik Jackson received a playful text from former teammate Von Miller.
"He said my dance was ugly," Jackson said Wednesday. "He's a hater."
Jackson will get a chance to change Miller's mind in person Sunday when the Jaguars (2-9) host Denver (7-4). It will be the first time Jackson faces his former team, and a chance to "show those guys who I am on another team."
Jaguars rule out TE Julius Thomas for Sunday’s game at Bills
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas won't play Sunday at Buffalo because of a back injury.
Coach Gus Bradley ruled out Thomas on Friday. It will be the second game Thomas has missed this season and his sixth in two seasons with Jacksonville. The Jaguars (2-8) placed fellow tight end Marcedes Lewis (calf) on injured reserve earlier in the week, leaving Ben Koyack and Neal Sterling to handle the workload at Buffalo (5-5).
Jaguars’ Bortles ‘threw pretty well’ despite sore shoulder
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley says quarterback Blake Bortles "threw pretty well" in practice Wednesday despite a sore right shoulder.
Bortles adds that he got treatment and will "be good to go" when the Jaguars (2-8) play at Buffalo (5-5) on Sunday.
Jaguars LB Smith returns to team after brother’s death
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith is back with the team following his brother's death and expected to play Sunday at Detroit.
Smith attended meetings and took part in the team's walkthrough Friday. Smith's brother was shot and killed in their hometown of Valdosta, Georgia, on Sunday. Smith traveled home Monday and missed several days of practice and meetings. Adding to his emotional week, Smith's girlfriend gave birth to their son Wednesday.
Jaguars’ Smith misses practice again, his status uncertain
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith missed his second straight practice Thursday, leaving his status for Detroit in question.
Smith's brother was shot and killed in Valdosta, Georgia, on Sunday. Smith traveled to Valdosta on Monday and has been there since. Adding to his emotional week, Smith's girlfriend gave birth to their son Wednesday.
Jaguars’ Dante Fowler has more 15-yard penalties than sacks
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. has more 15-yard penalties than sacks, a growing concern for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Fowler has been flagged nine times this season, which is tied for the fourth most in the NFL, and three of those were major infractions. He was called for unnecessary roughness late in the second quarter of Sunday's 24-21 loss to Houston , penalized for hitting quarterback Brock Osweiler well out of bounds.
The Way We See It: After Week 10, which head coaches are safe and who may be on the hot seat?
Coaches On The Bubble Six Weeks Ago . . .
Coming out of Week Four of the 2016 NFL season, we had real reasons to believe that head coaches Chuck Pagano of the Colts (1-3), Gus Bradley (1-3) of the Jaguars, Jim Caldwell of the Lions (1-3) and Mike McCoy of the Chargers were unlikely to survive in their jobs for more than another week or three.
Texans beat Jaguars 24-21 for 1st road victory of season
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Brock Osweiler threw two touchdown passes, Kareem Jackson returned an interception 42 yards for a score and the Houston Texans handed the Jacksonville Jaguars another home loss, 24-21 Sunday.
The Texans (6-3) scored on offense and defense and set up another score with special teams, a complete team effort that led to their first road win of the season and kept them perfect (3-0) against the AFC South. They won their fifth in a row against Jacksonville.