The Las Vegas Raiders hired Gus Bradley as their new defensive coordinator Tuesday with the task of turning around one of the league’s worst units.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The last time the Jacksonville Jaguars lost nine consecutive games, owner Shad Khan fired coach Gus Bradley before they left the stadium.
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — One or two blown leads during a season can be torture for a coaching staff.
When it happens four times, very little is pleasant around a team.
Gus Bradley has tried to be more aggressive in his strategy as Los Angeles Chargers defensive coordinator, but it has come at a cost.
Injuries and coverage breakdowns have led to the...
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.
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. (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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers intend to hire former Jacksonville coach Gus Bradley as their defensive coordinator, the club confirmed Saturday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Jacksonville Jaguars fired Gus Bradley on Sunday, ending one of the least successful coaching tenures in NFL history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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."
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Allen Hurns expects to play Sunday against Houston despite being in the NFL's concussion protocol.
Hurns, who sustained a concussion in last week's loss at Kansas City, practiced on a limited basis Thursday and was officially listed as questionable Friday. Coach Gus Bradley says Hurns could get clearance to play Saturday if he has no symptoms before then.
In a story Nov. 8 about NFL coaches whose jobs are at risk, The Associated Press erroneously reported the Los Angeles Rams' record and the number of times Mike McCoy led the San Diego Chargers to the playoffs in his first two seasons. The Rams are 3-5, not 3-6. McCoy led the Chargers to the playoffs once, not twice.
A corrected version of the story is below:
NFL Halfway: Jags' Gus Bradley could be first coach to go
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — This was supposed to be Jacksonville's year. Promise would become production.
A lengthy rebuild would evolve into the cornerstone for sustained success.
Coach Gus Bradley's always-upbeat approach would pay dividends with a drastically improved roster.
Owner Shad Khan set the tone, saying a winning record was "everybody's reasonable expectation."
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — After watching his offense mostly struggle for seven games, Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley lost faith that coordinator Greg Olson could turn it around.
So Bradley made a change. Bradley fired Olson on Saturday, two days after an embarrassing loss at Tennessee in which the Jaguars (2-5) failed to score in the first half for the third time this season.
Bradley addressed the move Monday, calling it difficult but necessary.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars ended up making a coaching change in the wake of an embarrassing loss at Tennessee.
It wasn't the one many expected.
The Jaguars (2-5) fired offensive coordinator Greg Olson on Saturday, parting ways with him two days after a lackluster effort against the Titans, and one day after coach Gus Bradley insisted no staff changes would be made.