After leading the his team to just 14 wins over 62 games, the Jacksonville Jaguars have finally shown head coach Gus Bradley the door. His 22.6 career win percentage is the lowest ever since the NFL merger for a coach that has stood on the sidelines for at least 50 games, so the move should not have come as a surprise.
After starting the 2016 season 2-3, the Jaguars have lost their last nine games. Bradley should really just be grateful that he even made it as the team’s head coach for this year.
There is a lot to choose from, but what exactly were the five worst moments of Bradley’s 62 games as Jacksonville’s head coach?
5. Justin Blackmon partied harder than a rock star
Heading into his first season as the Jaguars head coach in 2013, Bradley found out he would not have the services of his team’s star wide receiver for the first four games of the year. Thanks to violating the NFL’s Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, talented Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon sat out the team’s first quarter of the regular season.
The receiver then returned to the field for just four games before he was suspended for the rest of the 2013 season after another violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.
The former fifth overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, Blackmon has not played in the league since Week 8 of the 2013 season and has been arrested numerous times for different alcohol related incidents. He is still only 26-years-old but no one expects him to play in another NFL game ever again.
4. Jacksonville unveils their bi-polar helmets
Prior to the 2013 season, Jacksonville was one of the first teams to get a complete re-design of their uniforms after Nike became the official uniform provider for the NFL in 2012.
The new jersey and pants designs were not anything too shocking, but then came the helmet. Someone at Nike thought it would be a brilliant idea to have the Jaguars players protect their skulls with two-toned headgear.
The half gold, half black color scheme led ESPN to name Jacksonville’s new helmet design as the worst in NFL history.
3. Allen Robinson got a tattoo from a third-grader
Wide receiver Allen Robinson has been one of the few bright spots on the Jaguars since he joined the team in 2014. In less than three seasons in Jacksonville, Robinson has caught almost 200 passes for over 2,500 yards and more than 20 touchdowns.
However, his talent displayed on the field far outweighs his ability to find a quality tattoo artist.
Robinson recently got a new tattoo that captured a catch he had during college at Penn State in 2013 during a game against Michigan. It seemed like a cool idea to get permanently drawn onto his body, but Robinson’s finished ink looked more like something out of a children’s coloring book rather than something done by a talented tattoo artist.
— Allen Robinson II (@Thee_AR15) February 17, 2016
2. Bernard Pierce blocks for the wrong team
During a 2015 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Jaguars were forced to punt the ball midway through the second quarter.
As Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey attempted to return the punt, he had to navigate through a sea of Jacksonville defenders to make any sort of play. However, Rainey had one extra blocker during this particular return as Jaguars running back Bernard Pierce mistakenly helped clear the way for the Tampa Bay return man instead of trying to tackle him.
Rainey eventually returned the punt 58 yards downfield and Jacksonville was just left scratching their heads wondering what exactly Pierce was doing.
1. The clip that best illustrates the Jaguars during the Bradley “era”
When most NFL coaches describe the types of players they would like their roster to be made up of, the word “fighter” seems to come up a lot. These coaches want their players to go to battle for each other.
Well maybe that was Jacksonville’s problem with Bradley leading the way. Perhaps the team just did not have enough fight in themselves to be a somewhat competitive team over the last four seasons.
Clearly, the teams under Bradley were filled with a lot more bark than bite.