Gus Bradley hired by Jaguars: Side of the ball doesn't matter

Mike Ehrmann

All that matters for the Jacksonville Jaguars is they got a good football coach.

The Jacksonville Jaguars hired Gus Bradley as their new head coach on Thursday, much to the surprise of most media and fans alike. The biggest shock seemed to be that the Jaguars hired a "defensive minded coach" in Bradley rather than the assumed favorite to win the job in the San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman, especially after the drubbing he put on the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs over the weekend.

This hire has a surprising level of excitement, but it also has an unsurprising level of criticism.

People are mad that the Jaguars hired a "defensive minded" head coach and they wanted an "offensive minded" head coach.

In reality, none of that matters. You want a good football coach, first and foremost, which is what the Jaguars got themselves. You want a leader of men, which by all accounts is what the Jaguars got themselves.

No head coach wants to have a bad offense. No head coach wants to have a bad defense.

While I'm sure Bradley will have his hands all over how the Jaguars defensive scheme is constructed, it doesn't mean he's going to sacrifice the offensive side of the football to do so. It certainly didn't hinder Bradley's former employer, the Seattle Seahawks, when they hired Pete Carroll.

All coaches want to win. All coaches want to score points. Gus Bradley being a defensive coach previously doesn't change any of that.

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