The Jacksonville Jaguars have officially ended their head coaching search and have hired Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley as the team's newest head coach.
Bradley, 46, replaces Mike Mularkey who went 2-14 in his only season in Jacksonville, the worst in the franchise's history. Bradley becomes the full time head coach in the franchise's history, joining Tom Coughlin, Jack Del Rio, and Mike Mularkey.
Bradley has spent the last four seasons in Seattle, where his defense has improved the last three seasons and finished in the top ten in points and yards in the last two. The Seahawks ranked first this season in points allowed per game (15.3).
The Jacksonville Jaguars ranked 30th in the NFL in total defense and desperately needs Bradley's defensive expertise.
"He's got a brilliant football mind," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said this week. "He's got a way of reaching people and touching people and getting the best out of them, coaches and players alike. He's got everything that you're looking for."
Bradley started his NFL coaching career in Tampa Bay as a defensive quality control coach in 2006 before becoming the Buccaneers' linebackers coach the next two seasons. Bradley also coached at North Dakota State, his alma mater, and Fort Lewis College.
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey made it through "Black Monday", but according to NFL.com's Steve Wyche, his future in Jacksonville appears to be in serious doubt.
A team source told Wyche that Mularkey's assistants have been cleared by Jacksonville to seek positions with other teams, if they should so choose. Jacksonville is in the market for a new general manager after relieving Gene Smith of his duties and the new GM might accept the position with the Jaguars, if they can choose their own coach.
Mularkey was not fired with the other head coaches on "Black Monday", so, it seemed as if his job was safe, but something must have changed with Jaguars management sometime between then.
Jacksonville finished a dismal 2-14 this season under Mularkey. Mularkey, 51, is in his first year with the Jags and spent two prior seasons as the head coach for the Buffalo Bills achieving a winning record in 2004, finishing at 9-7.
According to a report by FOX Sports' Jay Glazer, the Miami Dolphins are set to release David Garrard.
Garrard was in the running to become the Dolphins starting quarterback until Texas A&M rookie Ryan Tannehill was named the week one starter by head coach Joe Philbin.
Garrard has not played since early August when he needed surgery on his knee to remove loose bodies. Garrard never played in a single game for the Miami Dolphins.
"They didn’t want me to, and I didn’t feel like I was quite ready to move with guys flying around me,” Garrard told the Miami Herald. “But I feel good. I know I’m not quite exactly where I want to be, but it felt good just being back out there, realizing I can still drop and do all of those things."
Garrard thanked the Dolphins and their fans on his Twitter account, @davidgarrard9, "To all the dolphins fans thx for ur support! Best of luck to all my teammates.Thx for making me feel at home!! Phins up!!"
This is the second season in a row that Garrard has been cut the week before the start of the NFL season. Last season, the Jacksonville Jaguars cut Garrard in favor of quarterback Luke McCown.
The NFL's Week 10 is just about over (Okay it is over, Monday Night's game is going to be a stinker) and there are things to take away for it and things to learn. I will go over each game in short responses. So here we go.
Norv Turner's seat just went from hot to 5 alarm fire. The AFC West has become this year's NFC West.
Never count out Belichick and Brady. Jets continue to underachieve and Sanchez is still overrated.
PUNT THE BALL!
The Steelers' defense finally showed up and in the most opportune time. Could this be the end of the Bengals this season?
It always something for the Browns and note to Coach Shurmur: defenses do win championships, but you do need an offense as well.
Midnight just about struck for Fitzpatrick and the Bills. Cowboys surprisingly still alive.
Good news Colts fans, you have a bye next week. Just six more games, Colts.
Look like you can win with a quarterback who can't throw. Also, Kansas City seriously, with Denver's offensive strategy you still didn't predict they would run.
Congrats Miami, you won your first game at home in seven tries, now there is no way you get Andrew Luck now.
The Eagles once again prove my theory: The Eagles are HIGHLY OVERRATED. Andy Reid's seat is ingulfed in flames, but then again it is every year.
Houston has the best record in the AFC? Good for them. I still don't trust them.
Welcome back, Chris Johnson! Wherever have you been?
Will the real Seahawks or Ravens please stand up?
Don't look now, but here come the Bears, even without Cutler playing well.
The Niners are in fact for real and looks like Eli Manning can't win them all.
Well that's it for my brief synopsis of the week that was in the NFL. Next week has some big games, Cincinnati will prove if they are for real when they play the Ravens. The Eagles go into MetLife Stadium to try get back on track and beat the NFC East leading Giants and will the Chargers end there horrendous skid when they face he red hot Bears? Until next week, folks.