MOBILE, Ala. – The Jaguars won’t have a completely new coaching staff this year. The team said today new coach Gus Bradley has retained receivers coach Jerry Sullivan and linebackers coach Mark Duffner. The status of defensive line coach Joe Cullen and secondary coach Tony Oden remains undecided. As expected, offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski will not be returning in a position-coach role.
From all the first impressions to be gleaned about new Jaguars coach Gus Bradley, one that could bode well for this team's recovery from the abyss of 2-14 is his inspirational-type personality. It's no guarantee of success, but in this franchise's rebuilding situation, the last thing it needs is milquetoast leadership. Nothing against predecessor Mike Mularkey, a nice guy who had the knowledge and substance to be an effective coach, but he lacked the passion to bring out the best in a team on a consistent basis. That, and having too much talent-challenged personnel, is why you saw the Jaguars lose eight games by 16-plus points. Mularkey's management style rarely allowed the Jaguars to play above their skill level.
The giddiness around the Jaguars involves the recent hirings of General Manager David Caldwell and Head Coach Gus Bradley, and make no mistake: These moves are respected in NFL circles. We’ll bring you more along those lines on jaguars.com in the coming days at the Senior Bowl – with Bradley, Caldwell and other key members of the Jaguars expected to arrive Tuesday – but early talk as the NFL gathers in Mobile this week is that the Jaguars’ immediate future is in good hands in terms of personnel and coaching.
Despite being a part of a 2-14 season, six Jaguars assistant coaches have found new jobs since owner Shad Khan allowed them to pursue other opportunities on Jan. 4. Mel Tucker, the Jaguars defensive coordinator for four years, was named to the same position by the Chicago Bears on Friday, working with new coach Marc Trestman. Greg Olson and John Bonamego will also be coordinators in new places this year. Olson, the Jaguars’ assistant head coach-quarterbacks for one year, was hired late Friday as the Oakland Raiders’ new offensive coordinator. It will be Olson’s fourth NFL stop as a coordinator.