Gus Bradley signs one-year extension with Jacksonville Jaguars

By The Sports Xchange   |   Jan. 23, 2016 at 12:46 AM
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The Jacksonville Jaguars signed head coach Gus Bradley to a one-year contract extension Friday despite a 12-36 record in his first three seasons.

The Jaguars also announced a number of changes to the front office and coaching staff, including the promotion of defensive line coach Todd Wash to defensive coordinator.

Bradley was entering the final year of a four-year contract signed in 2013. Owner Shad Khan previously announced that Bradley would return for the 2016 season.

"For an organization that we believe is ready to make its move, extending Gus through the 2017 season provides our club with much-needed stability in every respect," general manager Dave Caldwell said in a statement. "It solidifies Gus' good standing with our current players, provides certainty for free agents who may be considering the Jaguars and helps to deliver the continuity throughout our coaching staff that we think is critical for us to turn the corner.

"It also gives us the best opportunity to win in 2016. I appreciate Shad supporting this approach as we enter a pivotal season with high expectations at every level of the organization."

Wash, a defensive assistant for the Jaguars since Bradley's arrival in 2013, replaces Bob Babich as coordinator. Babich was fired two days after the Jaguars finished the 2015 season with a 5-11 record.

The Jaguars allowed 448 points in 2015, one point shy of the franchise-worst total of 2013.

Wash, 47, served as the Jaguars' defensive line coach in 2013 and 2014. The run-game coordinator duties were added to his title this past season.

Wash, a 20-year coaching veteran including nine NFL seasons, previously worked with Bradley with the Seattle Seahawks (2011-12), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2007) and at North Dakota State (2002-03).

Daniel Bullocks, a safety with the Detroit Lions from 2006-09 and a former assistant at Northern Iowa (defensive backs, 2012-14) and Eastern Michigan (cornerbacks, 2015), was hired as assistant defensive back coach.

Tony Sorrentino, offensive assistant/quality control coach the past three seasons, was promoted to assistant wide receivers coach.

Aaron Whitecotton, assistant to the defensive staff the past three seasons, was promoted to assistant defensive line coach.

The Jaguars also promoted Mark Ellenz to director of college scouting.

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