You know that feeling when you say goodbye to someone, but you still have to walk in the same direction as them? Gus Bradley and the Jacksonville Jaguars definitely know how that feels. The Jaguars fired Bradley after their 21-20 loss to the Houston Texans, and then allowed him to travel back with the team on the charter flight.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the news on Sunday:
Fired HC Gus Bradley is flying back to Jacksonville with the Jaguars.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 18, 2016
Jaguars owner Shad Khan and their GM Dave Caldwell made the decision to fire Bradley the day before the Texans game. The two wanted to let Gus coach against Houston and then informed him of their decision in the locker room after. Some players were confused with the whole idea, especially when Bradley joined them on the charter flight back to Jacksonville.
Defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks believed that it was weird for the owner and GM to have Bradley sit through that experience of being a fired coach on the team plane. Marks said: “Yeah, that sucked. If I had an opinion on if I thought that was the right move, I don’t think that was the right way to do it. He had to ride the plane home back that way, but that ain’t my call. They did it. They made the move.”
Linebacker Paul Posluszny was even more baffled because of the way the team found out about the decision to let Bradley go. Paul said: “Sitting on the bus waiting to go to the airport, and the things start popping up on social media. That’s how we found out, so it was very surprising.”
One of the players had a very realistic understanding of what was going on. Defensive tackle Malik Jackson knows the business and knows that the focus can shift from the coach to the players really fast. Jackson said: “We’ve got to keep rolling and go out here and win some games, or Khan’s going to fire one of us, too.”
Talk about awkward times as we head into the holiday season. Most people have to worry about drama around the dinner table with relatives. The Jaguars have a whole lot of mess around their organization.