Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Patience Trumps Record; Bradley (12-36) Has One Year Added to Contract

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Patience Trumps Record; Bradley (12-36) Has One Year Added to Contract

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Byline: Ryan O'Halloran

After answering questions for 20 minutes and generally down-playing the one-year extension he was given Friday, Jaguars coach Gus Bradley stood in an EverBank Field hallway and semi-exhaled.

"Believe me, I appreciate it," he said. "I think it's awesome. It's pretty strong."

Bradley was appreciative because it meant owner Shad Khan and general manager Dave Caldwell were looking beyond his 12-36 three-year record.

Bradley thought it was awesome because his entire coaching staff also received an additional year on their contracts.

And Bradley viewed it as a strong endorsement of the direction of his program.

"This was [Khan and Caldwell] saying, 'We believe it's coming together and we believe in this staff,' " Bradley said.

The extension wasn't surprising only because Caldwell hinted at it during a radio interview Jan. 15. But, why now?

"For us, we looked at the continuity and the ability to keep things together and have no distractions and no excuses going into the season," Caldwell told the Times-Union. "We feel like this gives us the best opportunity to have success in 2016."

Have success and Caldwell and Bradley will likely be extended by Khan next January.

Don't have success and Khan could choose the Clean Sweep Route, which would leave him on the hook for millions of dollars in severance pay.

Asked if this kind of move is unprecedented considering Bradley's record, Caldwell said: "Maybe. But like I've said before, everybody looks at the three-year record and the first two years were about surviving and building. And now we can all be held accountable."

The company line is the extension could help the Jaguars better attract top-shelf free agents when the market opens in early March and eliminate the cloud hanging over the coaching staff should 2016 not get off to a positive start. …

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