It wasn't the fact that the Jacksonville Jaguars fired Gus Bradley that had some players up in arms. Instead, it was the team's decision to end Bradley's run with the Jags before the team's flight back to Jacksonville that bothered some players.
"Yeah, that sucked," defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks said Tuesday, via ESPN. "If I had an opinion on if I thought that was the right move, I don't think that was the right way to do it. He had to ride the plane home back that way, but that ain't my call. They did it. They made the move.
"Gus was very cordial about it. Spoke with everybody. Came through the plane shaking hands and just talking with people. Gus has always been a great person in that aspect, but I don't think we as players were in the mood or were ready to actually see that at that moment."
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The Jaguars fired Bradley shortly after the team's 21-20 loss to the Texans at Houston. A number of players found out about Bradley's dismissal through social media rather than being told by the team.
"Sitting on the bus waiting to go to the airport, and the things start popping up on social media," linebacker Paul Posluszny said. "That's how we found out, so it was very surprising."
Bradley went 14-48 in his three-plus seasons in Jacksonville. But even though the Jags won no more than five games in any one of his seasons as head coach, players still loved Bradley.
"It's a tough situation, because you love the guy and you know this is it; we're going home for the last time with him, and then we're not going to get a chance to have him in the building again," Posluszny said.