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Rival Report 9/28: Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley's seat is burning hot

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Perhaps Gus Bradley is practicing his shocked look for when he gets axed mid-season? - MAK
Perhaps Gus Bradley is practicing his shocked look for when he gets axed mid-season? - MAK
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This past off-season there was only one other perennially losing team to garner as much hype as what the Oakland Raiders were getting, that was the Jacksonville Jaguars.  They had a great draft, were getting their top draft pick from the previous year Dante Fowler Jr. back from injury, and had a slew of free agents come in as well. The hype was strong, they were expected to be much improved.

An 0-3 start to the season later and their head coach Gus Bradley has every reason to worry about his job safety. Make no mistake about it, the Jaguars have a lot of talent on their team which is why the 0-3 start looks so bad on their beleaguered head coach. When a team has been built this well and the wins still are not coming, then the head coach is going to have his job in jeopardy.

That's not to say he can't salvage his season, but it is a tough hill to climb and he better have his boots on for the upcoming week against the divisional rival Indianapolis Colts. A terrible performance and an 0-4 performance might already be the straw that breaks the back of Gus Bradley's career with the Jaguars.

The Raiders were in a similar position not too long ago with Dennis Allen when he got demolished in London by the Miami Dolphins, and he lost his job directly after that game. A blowout loss against the Colts could easily see Jacksonville follow suit and rid themselves of their underwhelming head coach as well.

If the Jags do make that decision, you certainly can't fault them for it. Gus Bradley has already had 3 losing seasons before this year's terrible start. He went 4-12 in his first season in 2013, 3-13 in 2014, and 5-11 in 2015. That puts him at a career coaching record in Jacksonville at a hideous looking 12 and 40 so far, and he might not be getting a chance to turn that around with another loss added to it.

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