The Times-Tribune

Jags fire Bradley after loss to Texans.

Jacksonvil­le coach loses job after team blows 9-point lead in fourth quarter.

- BY MARK LONG

The Jacksonvil­le Jaguars fired Gus Bradley, ending the least successful coaching tenure in NFL history.

Owner Shad Khan announced the decision following a 21-20 loss at Houston on Sunday, a game in which the Jaguars (2-12) blew a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter. Khan considered the move in late October, following a debacle at Tennessee on national television, but opted to keep Bradley for seven more weeks.

Bradley went 14-48 in four seasons in Jacksonvil­le, the worst winning percentage (.225) of any NFL coach with at least 60 games.

The Jaguars were supposed to be considerab­ly improved this season, but now have lost nine in a row. It’s the longest, single-season losing streak in franchise history.

Bradley flew home on the team charter. General manager Dave Caldwell will name an interim coach for the final two games today. It’s likely to be offensive line coach Doug Marrone or defensive backs coach DeWayne Walker.

“I thanked Gus Bradley today for his commitment to the Jacksonvil­le Jaguars over the past four seasons,” Khan said in a statement. “As anyone close to our team knows, Gus gave his staff and players literally everything he had. Our players competed for Gus and I know they have great respect for him, as do I.

“Gus also represente­d the Jaguars, the Jacksonvil­le community and the NFL in nothing less than a firstclass manner as our head coach. That counts for a lot. It is unfortunat­ely evident that we must make a change. I thought it would be best to do it immediatel­y after today’s result so Gus can step away, relax and regroup with his family during the Christmas and holiday season.”

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