Gus Bradley safe as Jaguars coach for now, even with a loss in London
Bradley is not expected to join the list of recent coaches fired across the pond
Even if the Jaguars lose to the Colts in London, embattled coach Gus Bradley is highly unlikely to lose his job, according to numerous sources in the organization. Owner Shad Khan is not considering such a drastic move. He has been unfailingly loyal to Bradley and GM Dave Caldwell to this point, and there is no expectation that he changes direction so early in a season despite a recent trend of other clubs firing coaches early in the season after losses in England.
However, that does not preclude ownership from re-assessing the situation later in the season, and unless this franchise shows considerable progress over the duration of the season, drastic changes are expected. If a move was made late in the year, former Bills head coach Doug Marrone, who serves as Bradley's assistant head coach, would be the in-house replacement.
Given the state of the AFC South, even an 0-4 start would not necessarily be damning, though the continued inability to start seasons well would be a serious consideration toward making a move by 2017. While much was made of recent contract extensions given to the coach, the reality is he continues to be evaluated on a yearly basis. Now, 3 1/4 years into his tenure with a 12-39 record, he is going to have to improve rapidly to be back in Jacksonville next season.
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