If the times aren’t changing in Jacksonville, Gus Bradley’s approach to coaching the Jaguars might be if he wants to be involved with the team in 2017.
After being told by team owner Shad Khan two weeks ago that he would be retained for next season despite a 5-11 record and 12 wins in 48 games with the franchise, Bradley may have to make a few changes to his coaching staff and become more involved in the defensive play calling. The former defensive coordinator in Seattle was hired by the Jaguars back in 2013 with the idea of changing the look of the team’s defense and building a winning franchise again.
Bradley said after the team’s 30-6 loss in the season finale to Houston, he will be more involved in the defensive gameplan next season.
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Bob Babich has been fired as the team's defensive coordinator. It is not known if some from outside the organization will be hired to assume the role or will Bradley take that over himself. This is a team that squandered 28 points per contest this past season.
Team general manager David Caldwell the team’s general manager, is being tight-lipped about whether or not other changes will be made to the coaching staff. Bradley has also been quiet about who may or may not be back next season.
“Until I get a chance to (meet with the coaching staff), I won’t be able to provide any insight into what’s taking place,” Bradley said via the team's official website in a story that appears on foxsports.com: “As coaches, we have to dig deep. Our central theme is compete. That’s what we need to do this offseason. We have a lot of areas we can build on and some weaknesses we have to get straightened out. That’s what we’ll devote all of our attention to."
There had been speculation Babich would be relieved of his duties based on the regression of the defense in his third year with the team. Last season, Bradley fired then offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch and brought in Greg Olson from Oakland. The result was a drastic improvement in the passing game and scoring offense.
Bradley told the media he may call the defensive plays next season, which is something Babich has been doing since he was brought to Jacksonville from Chicago.
The Jaguars finished with NFL's 24th-ranked defense in yards allowed, allowing 375 per game and were 31st in the league in points, giving up 448.