The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley as head coach.
General manager David Caldwell, who was hired last week, led the search.
“It was just a matter of time before Gus Bradley became a head coach in the NFL and the Jacksonville Jaguars are extremely fortunate that Gus will be on our sidelines for many years to come,” Caldwell said in a statement. “Gus more than met every criteria we insisted on from our new head coach, and his intangibles and leadership abilities are exceptional. Gus is who the Jaguars need now and in the future.”
Bradley spent the last four seasons in Seattle. His defense finished in the top 10 in points and yards the last two. This season, the Seahawks ranked first in the NFL in points allowed (15.3), fourth in yards (306.2), and tied for fourth in takeaways (31).
Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn will return to Seattle to replace Bradley as the Seahawks’ defensive coordinator.
Quinn was the Seahawks’ defensive line coach prior to joining Will Muschamp’s staff. He just completed his second season for the Gators.
The Gators ranked fifth total defense (286.7 yards per game), fifth in scoring defense (14.5 points per game), and fourth in rushing defense (94.5 yards per game) this season.
In 2011, Quinn led a Gator defense that ranked eighth nationally in total defense (299.5 yards per game), seventh in passing defense (166.8 yards per game) and second in third-down defense (27.12 percent).