The Jaguars decided to get a head start on their coaching search and fire Gus Bradley, the team announced early Sunday evening.
"I thanked Gus Bradley today for his commitment to the Jacksonville Jaguars over the past four seasons," owner Shad Khan said in a statement. "As anyone close to our team knows, Gus gave his staff and players literally everything he had. Our players competed for Gus and I know they have great respect for him, as do I."
Khan mentioned that general manager Dave Caldwell "agreed and will now be charged with exploring all options to hire the best head coach possible" to lead the Jaguars. Khan also mentioned the team's "extremely talented" roster, another sign of support for Caldwell. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Caldwell will name an interim head coach on Monday, and added Bradley was on the team flight back to Jacksonville.
Bradley's final game as Jaguars coach was depressingly fitting. His team blew a 20-8 second half lead in Houston to a backup quarterback, while franchise quarterback Blake Bortles threw for only 92 yards. The Jaguars are 2-12 on the season and Bradley finishes in Jacksonville with a 14-48 record over three-plus seasons. His .226 win percentage is the worst in the Super Bowl era among coaches with a minimum of 50 games.