Jaguars give 1-year extension to Gus Bradley

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Head coach Gus Bradley received a one-year contract extension as the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday announced a slew of changes to the front office and coaching staff.

The Jaguars also promoted defensive line coach Todd Wash to defensive coordinator and announced the promotion of two assistant coaches, the hiring of another assistant coach, and the promotion of Mark Ellenz to director of college scouting.

Bradley was entering the final year of a four-year contract signed in 2013. He's 12-36 in his first three seasons, but owner Shad Khan announced Dec. 29 that Bradley would return for the 2016 season.

Khan also expects the team to be significantly better than it was in 2015.

"For an organization that we believe is ready to make its move, extending Gus through the 2017 season provides our club with much-needed stability in every respect," general manager David Caldwell said. "It solidifies Gus' good standing with our current players, provides certainty for free agents who may be considering the Jaguars and helps to deliver the continuity throughout our coaching staff that we think is critical for us to turn the corner.

"It also gives us the best opportunity to win in 2016. I appreciate Shad supporting this approach as we enter a pivotal season with high expectations at every level of the organization."

Bradley is now under contract through the 2017 season, which would mean the team would be responsible for his salary that season if he were to be fired if things didn't go well in 2016.

One of the determining factors in Bradley's success will be how well the promotion of Wash works out. The Jaguars struggled over the past three seasons under former defensive coordinator Bob Babich, giving up the second-most points in franchise history (448) in 2015.

The Jaguars gave up a franchise-record 449 points in Babich's first season (2013), and the 412 points allowed in 2014 is the fifth-worst in team history.

During Babich's tenure, the Jaguars' defense recorded the fewest interceptions in the NFL (26) and ranked 31st in scoring defense (27.3 points per game), 31st in third-down defense (43.8 percent), and 29th in total defense (375.0 yards per game).

Bradley fired Babich on Jan. 5 and interviewed Wash and four outside candidates: former Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz, Atlanta Falcons secondary coach Marquand Manuel, Miami Dolphins interim defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo, and Dallas Cowboys secondary coach Jerome Henderson.

Schwartz was hired by Philadelphia on Tuesday, one day after he interviewed with Bradley.

Wash was part of Bradley's inaugural staff in 2013 and was promoted to defensive run game coordinator before last season. They have coached together for more than a decade with North Dakota State, the Bucs, Seahawks and Jaguars.

In other moves, the Jaguars promoted Tony Sorrentino from offensive quality control coach to assistant receivers coach, Aaron Whitecotton from defensive assistant to assistant defensive line coach, and Mark Ellenz from eastern regional scout to director of college scouting.

In addition, the Jags hired Eastern Michigan cornerback coach Daniel Bullocks as assistant defensive backs coach.