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Gus Bradley vows to “bring some enthusiasm to Jacksonville”

Jaxson, EverBank Field

Jaxson, the Jacksonville Jaguars mascot, thanks fans at EverBank Field during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Jacksonville, Fla. The Patriots beat the Jaguars 23-16.(AP Photo/Stephen Morton)

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New Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley was energetic at his introductory press conference on Friday morning, and he said energy is what he’ll bring to the moribund franchise in Jacksonville.

“Let’s bring some enthusiasm to Jacksonville like the city deserves,” Bradley said.

That’s important for the Jaguars, who haven’t had a winning record since 2007 and are dogged by questions about their long-term viability in Jacksonville. Bradley says he’s going into this job excited about what he can bring to the franchise.

“I just want to be me, and we talked about it during the whole head coach search: I love coaching football, I love helping players get better, helping coaches get better,” Bradley said. “I had a great opportunity to lead 30 guys up in Seattle. What I’m most excited about is to lead 80 guys. I love that opportunity to lead this team and to maximize everybody. Not only the players but the coaches, and let’s do it better than it’s ever been done before.”

Bradley comes to this job after having served as the Seahawks’ defensive coordinator, but he says he isn’t simply focused on defense.

“I don’t want all the games to be 10-7,” he said. “We need to be explosive. On the offensive side, one of the things I understand is what hurts defenses, what causes us problems. Multiple personnel groupings, multiple formations, diversity with the quarterback running game, with spreading it out, with the two-back run game, the zone.”

The biggest question facing Bradley’s new team may be whether it has a quarterback who can run that explosive offense. Although new Jaguars G.M. David Caldwell has slammed the door on bringing in Tim Tebow, Bradley did not close the door on trading for Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn, saying only that he can’t talk about it now while Flynn is with the Seahawks.

Whether it’s Flynn or someone else, a new quarterback may be even more important than a new coach for bringing some enthusiasm to Jacksonville.