JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - He called the road that led him here "dream-like" and from the sounds of it, coaching the Jacksonville Jaguars is Gus Bradley's dream job.
"I think when I talked to people around the league and they said there's something special going on down there, Gus. There's a lot of good things. The community wants a winner," Bradley said during his first press conference as a member of the Jaguars.
Joined by owner Shad Khan and general manager David Caldwell, Gus Bradley sported a huge grin on his face for every question he was asked, answering in a boisterous and attention-commanding tone that Jaguar fans will likely come to know very well. He told reporters it didn't take him long to realize that Jacksonville was the right fit for him and that his philosophy meshed very closely with what Khan and Caldwell want to accomplish with the franchise.
Bradley is known as a spark plug, the kind of coach who will get into his players faces if they aren't doing their jobs. Bradley was asked about his fiery personality and said he's not sure that's the word he'd use.
"My whole hope is to be genuine, that's it."
Some questions have come up as to the fate of the Jaguars offense if the team is in the hands of a former defensive coordinator. Bradley did his best to put those fears to rest, saying he wants to work closely with whomever the next offensive coordinator is to make the Jaguars offense explosive.
"Probably one of the things that I understand is what hurts defenses. You know, what causes those problems? Multiple personnel groupings, multiple formations, diversity with the quarterback run game, with the two back run game, with the zone."
Bradley's wife Michaela tells WOKV he told her earler in the interview process that he felt something special in Jacksonville and that he really connected with Khan and Caldwell. Bradley says he understands the community's frustration and not only ready for the challenge of improving the team, he says he's looking forward to it.
"The community wants a winner. They're starving for a championship."
The next step, Bradley says, is to fill out the coaching staff and find an offensive and defensive coordinator. He says he wants hires that aren't just good coaches, but good player developers.
Bradley was defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks from 2009-2012, and before that he was the linebacker coach in Tampa Bay. He is a student of NFL defensive legend Monte Kiffin, who said that Bradley was a rockstar coach and a once-in-a-lifetime hire.
What kind of a coach Bradley will be remains to be seen, but he made one thing very clear: he's going to bring enthusiasm back to Jaguar football.