What did he just say? Did I hear what I think I just heard?
It seems the Jacksonville Jaguars are quite positive that head coach Gus Bradley is going to turn this team around in 2016. Why else would team general manager David Caldwell elude to the fact Bradley might get a contract extension before next season starts.
Isn’t this a bit ahead of schedule? Didn’t team owner Shad Khan issue a statement claiming Bradley would be back, but improvements to the team needed to be made and wins must come for the organization? Aren’t Caldwell and the Jaguars putting the cart before the horse?
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"Gus' situation is very fluid," Caldwell said on 1010XL on Thursday night. "And just because [Gus] is heading into the offseason with one year left on his contract, that doesn't mean he'll coach next year with one year left on his contract."
The comments Caldwell made were in a story on bigcatcountry.com in a story written by Ryan Day.
Not only do I cover the team and write about the Jaguars for this website and others, I am huge fan of the organization, Khan and Caldwell and Bradley. But also know that winning is the bottom line. This is also an organization that seems to want to give Bradley and his staff a pass on the first two seasons he was head coach and the 5-11 record he posted starts what the team hopes is greater success in 2016.
Somehow, I think that’s a hard pill for season ticket owners to swallow.
Caldwell must first find a defensive coordinator to replace Bob Babich, then decide if he will call defensive plays next season. He also must decide whether a pass rusher or safety is first priority in the NFL Draft and which free agents he hopes to pursue. The offseason could prove to be the biggest time of year for Bradley, Caldwell and the coaching staff, who all could be working on their final year of contracts if the ship is not righted.
And it remains to be seen if Caldwell’s words really meant the team wants to keep Bradley longer than one more year without results, or if the words were more to light a fire and encourage the current regime to do better and more importantly, to do their job.