RTC: Gus Bradley grateful for support

October, 24, 2013
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Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said he was torn about what to do when he found out last Sunday night that his father had died.

He wanted to be with his family, but he also felt he had an obligation to be with his team, too, especially because they were about to leave for a week in London to play the San Francisco 49ers.

However, Jaguars owner Shad Khan and general manager Dave Caldwell told him he needed to be with his family and Khan offered the use of his private plane to fly Bradley and his sister to Zumbrota, Minn., to be with family. When he re-joined the Jaguars on Wednesday, Bradley spoke of how appreciative he was for their support as well as the players and coaches on his team and teams across the NFL.

Bradley called that support "off the charts," wrote Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times-Union.

The players were glad to see their coach return.

"We want to make sure that he knows that we’re going to give everything that we can for him," linebacker Paul Posluszny said. "We’re going to play to the best of our abilities, because that’s what he’s given us: his best every day, day after day. We just want to show our appreciation for that in return."

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ESPN.com Patriots reporter Mike Reiss recently sat down with Caldwell for a Q&A, during which Caldwell stressed the importance of building through the draft, why Bradley is the correct person to help him build the franchise, and what he looks for when hiring.

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