Notes: Jaguars hire Gus Bradley; Bruce Arians to coach Cardinals
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The Cardinals filled the NFL’s final head coaching vacancy by hiring Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, and earlier Thursday the Jaguars hired Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley as the franchise’s fifth head coach.
Arians, 60, was a longtime assistant and went 9-3 as Colts interim head coach while Chuck Pagono was undergoing treatment for leukemia this season.
Arians accepted a four-year deal that includes a team option for a fifth year, according to a report on ESPN.
The 46-year-old Bradley joins general manager Dave Caldwell, who led the coaching search after being hired last week.
‘‘It was just a matter of time before Gus Bradley became a head coach in the NFL, and the Jacksonville Jaguars are extremely fortunate that Gus will be on our sidelines for many years to come,’’ Caldwell said in a statement. ‘‘Gus more than met every criteria we insisted on from our new head coach, and his intangibles and leadership abilities are exceptional. Gus is who the Jaguars need now and in the future.’’
Bradley spent the last four seasons in Seattle, earning a reputation as a fiery assistant who demanded the most from his players.
Seattle, meanwhile, moved quickly to fill its vacant defensive coordinator position by hiring Dan Quinn away from Florida to replace Bradley.
Quinn, who spent 2009-10 as Seattle’s defensive line coach, was the Gators’ defensive coordinator the last two seasons.
Vilma suit dismissed
A federal judge in New Orleans dismissed Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma’s defamation lawsuit against commissioner Roger Goodell in connection with the bounty case. US District Judge Ginger Berrigan said the bounty matter ‘‘feels as protracted and painful as the Saints season itself, and calls for closure.’’ Goodell initially suspended Vilma for all of the 2012 season, and three other players received shorter bans. But Paul Tagliabue, Goodell’s predecessor as commissioner, heard a final round of player appeals and threw out the suspensions last month . . . Former quarterback Ryan Leaf is in prison after threatening a staffer at a drug treatment center in Helena, Mont.
Turner joins Browns
The Browns named Norv Turner offensive coordinator. Turner, fired by the Chargers as head coach earlier this month, led San Diego to a 59-43 record in six years with three division titles. He also was head coach of the Redskins (1994-2000) and Raiders (2004-05) . . . The Chargers hired former Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt as offensive coordinator . . . Rod Marinelli will not return as the Bears’ defensive coordinator. New coach Marc Trestman said Marinelli has ‘‘made up his mind to move on.’’ It was not clear who will replace him. ‘‘I would have hoped Rod would have stayed here,’’ Trestman said . . . The Broncos promoted assistant coach Adam Gase to offensive coordinator.