Gus Bradley was named the fifth head coach in Jacksonville Jaguars history on January 17, 2013. Bradley has 26 years of coaching experience including10 seasons in the NFL.
The Bradley-led Jaguars finished the 2015 campaign with a 5-11 (.313) regular season record, placing third in the AFC South standings for the third consecutive season. The Jaguars’ 5-11 campaign was their winningest season under Bradley, and also marked the club’s most victories since 2011 (5-11). Jacksonville remained alive in the AFC South division race up until Week 16, when Houston defeated Tennessee and mathematically eliminated the Jaguars from contention. Offensively, the Jaguars made impressive strides, finishing as the NFL’s 14th-ranked scoring unit (23.5 points per game), after placing 32nd (15.6) a season prior. The Jaguars additionally scored 376 points, the fifth-most in single-season franchise history and the most overall since 2007. Jacksonville posted 44 touchdowns, the third-most in single-season franchise history and the most overall since the team tallied 50 scores in 2007.
The Jaguars finished Bradley’s second season as head coach with 43 of the 53 players on the roster joining the club in the last two seasons. Rookies combined for an NFL-high 82 starts for the club with 10 different rookies making starts. Sixteen different rookies have started at least one game for the Jaguars over the last two seasons. Offensively, the Jaguars started at least four rookies in 15 of 16 games, including quarterback Blake Bortles, who started the final 13 games and set the franchise rookie record for passing yards. Defensively, the Jaguars improved from 31 sacks in Bradley’s first season to 45 in 2014, the sixth-most in the NFL. The Jaguars led the NFL with 12 sack/forced fumbles and ranked third in the NFL with 19 total forced fumbles.
Bradley led the Jaguars to a 4-12 mark in his first season at the Jaguars helm. The Jaguars overhauled their roster in 2013, with 31 newcomers and rookies combining to make 44 starts. Of the 53 players on the final roster, 20 were rookies or first-year players. The club posted a 4-4 mark following the bye week with three of the wins on the road. Six of the club’s first eight games were against 2013 playoff teams and the club played seven games overall against playoff teams including both Super Bowl participants.
Prior to joining the Jaguars, Bradley spent four seasons (2009-12) with the Seattle Seahawks as defensive coordinator and played a vital role in the club advancing to the postseason twice. The Seahawks posted an 11-5 mark in 2012, the third-best in franchise history, and advanced to the divisional round of the playoffs.
Bradley developed the Seattle defense into one of the NFL’s top units during his tenure. The Seahawks ranked sixth in the NFL in total defense (319.2 yards per game) from 2011-12, third in points per game (17.5), fifth in takeaways (62), first in opponents passer rating (73.2) and fifth in interceptions (40).
Under Bradley’s direction in 2012, the Seahawks led the NFL by allowing a franchise-record low 15.3 points per game despite playing with the third-youngest (25 years, 195 days) defensive starting unit in the league. The Seahawks allowed a franchise-low 306.2 yards per game which ranked fourth in the NFL, finishing 10th against the run (103.1) and sixth against the pass (203.1).
Bradley was responsible for the development of two rookies who played key roles for the Seahawks in defensive end Bruce Irvin and linebacker Bobby Wagner. Irvin, the 15th overall pick of the draft, led all rookies with eight sacks while Wagner (2nd round) ranked second among rookies in tackles with 140, and fourth with three interceptions. Safety Earl Thomas was voted to his second consecutive Pro Bowl. Second-year cornerback Richard Sherman earned first-team Associated Press All-Pro honors after leading the team and tying for second in the NFL with eight interceptions. Defensive end Chris Clemons excelled under Bradley’s tutelage, posting 33.5 sacks in 48 games including a career-high 11.5 in 2012.
In 2011, Bradley’s defensive unit ranked ninth in the NFL, allowing 332.2 yards per game, finishing in the top-10 for only the sixth time in the club’s 36-year history and for the first time since 1997. Nine of his 11 regulars started at least 14 games on a squad that ranked the second-youngest in the NFL (26 years, 59 days). Seattle ranked in the top-10 in multiple categories, including second in fewest touchdowns allowed in the second half (11), third in second half points allowed (119), fourth in opponent yards per rush attempt (3.79), fifth in turnover differential (+8), fifth in most takeaways (31) and seventh in points allowed per game (19.7).
Bradley’s group sent three players to the 2012 Pro Bowl, with Thomas voted as a starter. He was joined in Hawaii by fellow secondary mates, safety Kam Chancellor and cornerback Brandon Browner.
In Bradley’s first year as defensive coordinator, the Seahawks posted two shutouts at home, the first time since 1986 they accomplished that feat.
Bradley joined Seattle after spending three years (2006-08) with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers under defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, serving the last two as linebackers coach after joining the Bucs in 2006 as their defensive quality control coach. Derrick Brooks earned Pro Bowl appearances in 2007 and 2008 under Bradley’s guidance.
Prior to Tampa Bay, Bradley spent 10 seasons (1996-2005) as an assistant coach at his alma mater, North Dakota State, including six as the assistant head coach (2000-05). He also served as defensive coordinator for the Bison from 1997- 2002, and again in 2005. Under Bradley’s guidance, North Dakota State’s defense led the Great West Football Conference in scoring defense (13.7 points per game), pass defense (150.3 yards), total defense (272.4) and turnover margin (+1) in 2005.
Bradley was the head coach at Fort Lewis College for four months (December 1995 - March 1996) and was defensive coordinator/linebackers coach at Fort Lewis for four seasons (1992-1995). Prior to Fort Lewis, he was a graduate assistant coach at NDSU for two seasons (1990-1991).
Bradley played collegiately at North Dakota State (1984-1988), where he was a free safety and punter, a four-time academic All-North Central Conference selection and a valuable member of the 1988 national championship football team. He earned his bachelor’s degrees in business administration (1989) and physical education (1990) from North Dakota State as well as a master’s degree in athletic administration from NDSU in 1992.
Bradley has been actively involved in the local community since his arrival in Jacksonville. He is the spokesperson for the Ashley Furniture HomeStores Hope to Dream program which provides beds to underprivileged children. In addition, Bradley has made numerous appearances on behalf of the Jaguars and served as the keynote speaker at a variety of events.
Bradley and his wife, Michaela, have four children; Carter, Anna, Eli and Ella.
Bradley’s Coaching Career:
1990-91 North Dakota State Graduate Assistant
1992-95 Fort Lewis College Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
1996 North Dakota StateLinebackers Coach
1997-99 North Dakota State Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
2000-02 North Dakota State Asst. Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/LBs
2003-04 North Dakota State Asst. Head Coach/Linebackers
2005 North Dakota State Asst. Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/LBs
2006 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Quality Control
2007-08 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Linebackers Coach
2009-12 Seattle Seahawks Defensive Coordinator
2013 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS HEAD COACH