Gus Bradley

Gus Bradley

Color photograph of a smiling white man with salt-and-pepper goatee (Gus Bradley), wearing a dark grey Jacksonville Jaguars t-shirt and a dark teal Jaguars baseball cap.

Bradley at 2014 Jaguars training camp
Jacksonville Jaguars
Position: Head coach
Personal information
Date of birth: (1966-07-05) July 5, 1966
Place of birth: Zumbrota, Minnesota
Career information
High school: Zumbrota (MN)
College: North Dakota State
Career history
As coach:
Head coaching record
Regular season: 14–45 (.237)
Coaching stats at PFR

Paul Casey "Gus" Bradley (born July 5, 1966) is an American football coach who is the current head coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebackers coach from 2006 to 2008 and the defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks from 2009 to 2012.[1]

Early life

Bradley was the youngest child of six and grew up in Zumbrota, Minnesota where he played football, basketball and baseball at Zumbrota High School.[2][3]

College career

Bradley played college football at North Dakota State University from 1984 to 1988, where he was a free safety and punter. In 1988, he helped the Bison win the NCAA Division II Football Championship. He also was a four-time academic all-North Central Conference selection.[4]

Bradley earned bachelor's degrees in business administration (1989) and physical education (1990) from North Dakota State as well as a master's degree in athletic administration from NDSU in 1992.

Coaching career

Early coaching career

Bradley joined the North Dakota State Bison as a graduate assistant coach in 1990 and was there until 1991. He was the defensive coordinator/linebackers coach at Fort Lewis College from 1992 to 1995 and spent four months as the team's head coach from December 1995 to March 1996. From 1996 to 2005 Bradley returned to North Dakota State and coached in many positions including defensive coordinator, linebackers coach, and assistant head coach to Bob Babich and Craig Bohl. Under Bradley’s guidance, North Dakota State’s defense led the Great West Football Conference in scoring defense (13.7 ppg), pass defense (150.3 ypg), total defense (272.4 ypg) and turnover margin (+1.00) in 2005.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

In 2006, Bradley joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as their defensive quality control coach, working closely with defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin in the organization and implementation of the defensive game plan. In 2007 Bradley was promoted to linebackers coach after previous linebackers coach Joe Barry left to become defensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions. Under Bradley's guidance, linebacker Barrett Ruud went on to earn NFC Defensive Player of the Month in September after leading the Buccaneers defense with 51 tackles and adding one interception, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two passes defensed.[5]

Seattle Seahawks

"J.L., listen to me. I have got a guy here in Tampa that is one of, if not, the finest football coaches I have ever worked with. He's an A-plus. He's a once-in-a-lifetime coach. You need to talk to him."

Monte Kiffin to Jim L. Mora in 2009 about Bradley, after Mora was hired as Seahawks headcoach.[1]

On January 12, 2009, the Seattle Seahawks hired Bradley to become the team's defensive coordinator.[6] He was warmly recommended for the job by former Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.[1]

In 2009, under Bradley's guidance the Seahawks' defense allowed opponents to gain 356.4 yards (24th in the league) and to score 24.4 points per game (25th). The Seahawks finished the season with a 5–11 record (3rd in the NFC West, 25th in the NFL), and subsequently replaced head coach Jim L. Mora with Pete Carroll.[7] Carroll decided to keep Bradley for the 2010 season.[8]

In 2010, the Seahawks' defense allowed opponents to gain 368.6 yards (27th in the league) and to score 25.4 points per game (25th).[9]

In 2011, the Seahawks' defense allowed opponents to gain 332.2 yards (9th in the league) and to score 19.7 points per game (7th).

In 2012, the Seahawks' defense allowed opponents to only an average 306.2 yards per game (4th in the league) and to score only 15.3 points per game (1st).[10]

Jacksonville Jaguars

On January 17, 2013, Bradley was hired as the new head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.[11] His first regular season win came on November 10, 2013 with a 29–27 victory over the Tennessee Titans. The Jaguars ended the season 4–12, and Bradley was eventually named the head coach of the South team in the 2014 Senior Bowl.[12]

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular season Post season
Won LostTiesWin %FinishWonLostWin %Result
JAX2013 4 12 0 .250 3rd in AFC South
JAX2014 3 13 0 .188 3rd in AFC South
JAX2015 5 11 0 .313 3rd in AFC South
JAX2016 2 10 0 .167 4th in AFC South*
JAX Total 14 46 0 .233 0 0 .000
Total 14 46 0 .233 0 0 .000

*Season still in progress


  1. 1 2 3 Farnsworth, Clare (January 13, 2009). "Mora heeds advice, hires 'A-plus' Bradley as defensive coordinator". Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
  2. Craig, Mark. "Minnesota town exempts itself for a day". Retrieved 16 October 2014. External link in |website= (help)
  3. Thole, George. "Former state preps pave coaching path to NFL". Retrieved 16 October 2014. External link in |website= (help)
  4. Frey, Thomas. "Brief History On Every NFL Head Coach: AFC South". Retrieved 20 October 2014. External link in |website= (help)
  5. Holder, Stephen F.; Korth, Joanne (October 4, 2007). "Suspension over, Cox has shot at roster spot with Kelly hurt". St. Petersburg Times.
  6. O'Neil, Danny (10 January 2009). "Seahawks hire Casey Bradley as defensive coordinator". Seattle Times.
  7. Klein, Gary & Farmer, Sam (January 11, 2010), "Pete Carroll accepts coaching job with Seattle Seahawks'", Los Angeles Times
  8. "Bradley will stay to run Seahawks defense", The News Tribune, January 16, 2010
  9. "NFL Stats: Team". Retrieved 11 April 2012. External link in |work= (help)
  10. "NFL Team Total Defense Statistics - 2012". ESPN. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  11. Kuharsky, Paul (January 17, 2013). "Jaguars hire Gus Bradley as coach". Retrieved January 17, 2013.
  12. DiRocco, Michael (January 12, 2014). "Mike Smith, Gus Bradley to coach". ESPN. Retrieved January 12, 2014.

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