Updated Sunday, Jan. 20 at 3:35 p.m. ET
Much like his philosophy in the draft, Jaguars new GM David Caldwell proved this week that he had a different criteria for choosing his new head coach than his predecessor.
Former GM Gene Smith opted for a comfortable hire, tabbing Mike Mularkey, a man who had been an NFL head coach before and had a fairly laid-back demeanor.
Caldwell, on the other hand, was looking for someone new. In Gus Bradley, formerly the defensive coordinator with the Seahawks, he landed an energetic, demanding, extremely focused up-and-comer.
Word is Bradley is more than ready for this opportunity. After cutting his teeth under Monte Kiffin in Tampa Bay, he oversaw Seattle’s fast, physical 4-3 “D” the past four seasons, with his group really beginning to flourish in 2011, before becoming the NFL’s No. 1 scoring defense this past season.
Bradley’s one-gap scheme is similar to what the Jaguars run, but there are myriad holes to fill on a unit that surrendered nearly 28 points per game in 2012.
With better talent, Bradley should be in position to turn around the defense. We hear the biggest key to this being a successful hire is how he chooses to assemble his offensive staff. His first move, hiring former University of Miami offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch to the same post with the Jaguars, is fascinating.
Fisch and Bradley worked together in Seattle in 2010 and, though Fisch has never run an offense at the NFL level — a prerequsite our sources mentioned as key for Bradley’s choice — he is considered an innovative, offensive mind.
Caldwell has made it clear that he will bring in two QBs to compete with incumbents Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne. Fisch’s No. 1 priority will be getting the most out of whoever is under center.