Fox Sports insider and NFL Network contributor Jay Glazer reported that Bradley, the Seattle Seahawks' defensive coordinator, was hammering out a contract with the Jaguars. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport later confirmed that Bradley and the Jaguars were putting the finishing touches on a deal to make him the organization's fourth head coach since 1995, according to a source briefed on the negotiations.
The Jaguars later announced the deal was done. ESPN first reported the hire, which is an intriguing one by Jacksonville.
Bradley spent the past four seasons running Seattle's defense and directed an aggressive unit that allowed just 15.3 points per game in 2012, tops in the NFL. The Seahawks did a strong job pressuring the quarterback and disrupting game plans all season, something we haven't seen much of from the Jaguars of late. Jacksonville finished 29th in the league in points allowed, giving up 27.8 points per game.
The Philadelphia Eagles showed interest in Bradley this week, but they pulled Oregon's Chip Kelly out of the wilderness Wednesday to become their next head coach. Teams looking for coaches have swayed heavily in favor of innovative, offensive-minded types like Kelly. The Jaguars -- under Caldwell -- have gone the other way.