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Jags finally give up on Bradley

Gus Bradley leaves with a .225 winning percentage, worst of any NFL coach with at least 60 decisions.

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Gus Bradley leaves with a .225 winning percentage, worst of any NFL coach with at least 60 decisions.

The Jaguars fired Gus Bradley, ending the least-successful coaching tenure in NFL history.

Owner Shad Khan announced the decision after a 21-20 loss at Houston on Sunday, a game in which the Jaguars blew a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter. Khan considered the move in late October, after a debacle at Tennessee on national television but opted to keep Bradley for seven more weeks.

Bradley, 50, went 14-48 in four seasons in Jacksonville, the worst winning percentage (.225) of any NFL coach with at least 60 games.

The Jaguars were supposed to be considerably improved this season but now have lost nine in a row. It's the longest single-season losing streak in franchise history.

"I don't know, really, for anybody in this locker room how much more frustrated you can be," quarterback Blake Bortles said after Sunday's loss. "Once again we had all the opportunities in the world, chances in the fourth quarter to score, and we just don't do it."

Bradley flew home on the team charter. General manager Dave Caldwell will name an interim coach for the final two games today. It's likely to be offensive line coach Doug Marrone or defensive backs coach DeWayne Walker.

"I thanked Gus Bradley today for his commitment to the Jacksonville Jaguars over the past four seasons," 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."

GIANTS LOSE STAR CB: Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who is having a standout season, injured his back in the win over the Lions. The former Gator was on the ground for several minutes after he was injured in the second quarter. He eventually jogged to the sideline, left for the locker room and did not return.

A.P. RETURNS: Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who missed 11 games while recovering from a torn meniscus in his right knee, gained just 22 yards on six carries, and his fumble in Colts territory in the second quarter came after his only decent run, a 13-yard burst. He played sparingly in the second half.

TANNEHILL'S TEAR: Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill confirmed that he has a Grade 2 medial collateral ligament sprain in his left knee, but he disputed a report by an NBC sideline reporter that the MCL is completely torn off the bone. "It's not completely all the way off but definitely" off the bone, he said.

COLD COMFORT: The cold weather caused all kinds of problems at Arrowhead Stadium. The fuses in the scoreboard froze Saturday, when the cold and snow arrived in earnest, so workers replaced them early Sunday. But they froze again, and the result was a blanked-out lower-left corner of the west scoreboard.

JETS: They were waiting for results from tests on Bryce Petty's injured chest before making a decision on next week's starting quarterback. Petty was scheduled to have a CT scan to make sure he didn't have a bruised or punctured lung a day after being knocked out of a loss to the Dolphins.

PACKERS: Running back James Starks sat out because of a concussion. Coach Mike McCarthy said Starks was in a car crash last Monday.

RAVENS: Justin Tucker tied an NFL record with his 10th 50-yard field goal of the season by hitting a 53-yarder in the first quarter.

TEXANS: Star defensive end J.J. Watt was on the sideline for the first time since having season-ending back surgery in September. Last year's NFL defensive player of the year cheered and clapped throughout the game after getting a round of applause when he was shown on the Jumbotron just before it started.

Jags finally give up on Bradley 12/18/16 [Last modified: Sunday, December 18, 2016 8:48pm]
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