|Seahawks DC Gus Bradley hired as Jaguars coach||01.17.13 at 11:06 am ET|
Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley was hired Thursday to be the next head coach of the Jaguars.
Bradley has been with the Seahawks for the past four seasons, with the defense improving each of the past three years.
The Seahawks ranked in the top 10 in both points and yards allowed in the last two seasons. This year, though, was by far the best for Bradley’s squad. The Seahawks defense ranked first points allowed (15.3), fourth in yards (306.2), and tied for fourth in takeaways (31). The Jaguars who ranked 30th in the league in total defense this past season.
Bradley started his NFL coaching career with the Buccaneers as a defensive quality control coach in 2006 and was promoted to linebackers coach the following year. He joined the Seahawks in 2009.
“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 replaces Mike Mularkey, who went 2-14 in his only season in Jacksonville.
|WR Lee Evans cut by Jaguars||08.13.12 at 9:31 am ET|
The Jaguars released eight-year veteran wide receiver Lee Evans Sunday.
The 31-year-old spent last season with the Ravens, for whom, most (in)famously, in the AFC championship game, he had what would have been a sure touchdown pass knocked out of his hands by Sterling Moore, ultimately sending the Patriots on to the Super Bowl and ending Baltimore’s season.
Evans spent the majority of his career in Buffalo, where he played under current Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey. In an article on the Jaguars website, Mularkey said Evans “just wasn’t the same player, obviously.” The coach added that Evans apparently felt the same way.
“The route-running, it looked like it was hurting him on some of those breaks,” Mularkey said, adding that Evans might retire. “I don’t think that will ever go away. We had talked in the last week. He approached us and he recognized he wasn’t the same guy on film.”
After releasing Evans, the Jaguars moved rookie receiver Justin Blackmon to the first-team offense in Sunday afternoon practices.
|Jaguars reportedly give TE Marcedes Lewis five-year, $35 million deal||08.05.11 at 12:25 pm ET|
The Jaguars have signed tight end Marcedes Lewis to a five-year, $35 million contract, The Associated Press reported Friday. Nearly half the contract is guaranteed.
Lewis set career highs last season with 58 receptions, 700 yards and 10 touchdowns. The Jaguars franchised the Pro Bowler during the offseason, and Lewis skipped the first week of training camp in protest. He reported Monday but continued to sit out full-contact practices while his new contract was structured.
With Lewis signing the deal on Friday, he is expected to return to practice soon.
|Casino boat cruise refuses to take down David Garrard ad||12.30.10 at 12:42 pm ET|
Mayport-based casino cruise boat Jacks or Better LLC has been told by the NFL on numerous occasions to not use photos of Jaguars quarterback David Garrard in advertisements related to the company’s attractions. But Jacks or Better LLC president Mark Slotkin has refused to withdraw those advertisements, saying the NFL and Jaguars should be happy they are using Garrard’s image in the public eye.
Despite advice from the company’s lawyers saying they should take the image of Garrard down before the NFL takes them to court, Jacks or Better LLC and Slotkin will take their chances. “I guess I just don’t like to be pushed around,” Slotkin said on Wednesday. “If I’m going to be proven wrong, they will have to prove me wrong in court.
|Jaguars’ Don Carey injured in helmet-to-helmet hit, fine may follow||10.31.10 at 4:30 pm ET|
Jacksonville safety Don Carey may be the next offender under the NFL’s new policies on helmet-to-helmet hits. Carey was penalized by officials for unnecessary roughness following a helmet-to-helmet collisison with Cowboy’s tight end Jason Witten.
Carey seemed to take most of the damage and he was on his back for several minutes while trainers helped him. Carey left the field under his own power but he did not return with a neck injury. Under the enforced policies, Carey will most likely receive a fine for the hit by the league.
|Jaguars’ Osgood sustains bruises after leap from apartment||09.29.10 at 3:48 pm ET|
Jaguars wide receiver Kassim Osgood sustained only a few bruises after leaping out of a second-floor window to escape from a man wielding a gun who attacked him and a 19-year-old woman in her Jacksonville apartment.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said that the gunman exchanged gunfire with his ex-girlfriend, Mackenzie Rae Putnal, after threatening her with a gun to her head on Monday night.
Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio, according to the Associated Press, said, “He [Osgood]‘s fine. I’m aware of it. I really can’t comment on that whole deal. He’s doing OK.”
Osgood sustained the bruises after leaping from the apartment window and fleeing the scene.
The gunman, Armond Bartletto, 20, of Jacksonville, was arrested on charges on aggravated battery, false imprisonment, armed robbery, burglary, and violation of an injunction. He is currently being held without bond.
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