Gus Bradley won’t make Jacksonville return personal when Chargers visit Jaguars
By Jack Wang
COSTA MESA — In an alternate universe, Gus Bradley would be spending this year in Jacksonville.
When the Jaguars fired him 11 months ago, they did so with two games left on the schedule. They had seen enough of Bradley over nearly five years, with nine straight losses dropping his head coaching record to 14-48. Team owner Shad Khan framed the decision in gracious terms: The timing, he claimed, allowed Bradley to “step away, relax and regroup with his family during the Christmas and holiday season.”
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And so he did. Over the next few weeks, Bradley considered his options. He could take a year off from coaching, spending time with his wife and four children, who still live in Jacksonville. Perhaps he could consult with another team on a part-time basis. Then again, if football was an option, he might as well jump all the way in.
“It’s just hard for me to get my toe in the water,” Bradley acknowledged earlier this year.
So here he is now, halfway through his first season as the Chargers’ defensive coordinator – having helped craft a top-10 scoring defense. And this Sunday (10 a.m., CBS), he’ll lead them back into the familiar confines of EverBank Field, where he will try his best to beat his old team.
In case you’re wondering, Bradley is not out for vengeance against the Jaguars (5-3), who are enjoying a turnaround season.
“You talk about, ‘What’s the emotion?’ and I’m not like that,” he said Thursday. “For me, you work with people, you care about him, to automatically shut that off feels disingenuous.”
Eminently affable off the field, the 51-year-old has […]