The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley to be their head coach. Under Bradley, the Seahawks defense allowed just 15.3 points per game, a league low.
The Jaguars, who fired now former head coach Mike Mularkey after one year, are coming off a 2-14 season in 2012, their worst in franchise history.
Filed to ESPN: Former Seahawks DC Gus Bradley has accepted the head coaching job with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 17, 2013
Consider a trend bucked off of the hiring season horse, albeit briefly. Of the eight head coach vacancies that were created beginning on Black Monday, seven have now been filled, with Bradley, Marc Trestman, and Chip Kelly the most recent hires over the past two days. And of those seven hires, six of them have been coaches whose roots come from the offensive side of the ball.
In an era when secondaries are handcuffed by increasing restrictions and both long-armed and especially mobile quarterbacks are thriving, that trend isn’t remotely shocking. The teams that have hired former offensive coordinators either have a struggling or developing quarterback who needs to be groomed (Cleveland, San Diego), or simply a sputtering offense in need of a new direction (Buffalo).
Now Bradley is the exception, which is both understandable, yet still slightly confusing.