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NFL notebook: Jaguars hire Bradley; two ex-coaches hired as OC's

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Another NFL team hired a head coach Thursday while two recently fired head coaches landed as offensive coordinators.

The Jacksonville Jaguars announced that they hired Gus Bradley as their new head coach. He will be introduced in a press conference Friday at Everbank Field.

Bradley has been the Seattle Seahawks' defensive coordinator for the past four years. He replaces Mike Mularkey, who was fired after just one season.

The Jaguars were a franchise-worst 2-14 this season, dating back to 1995.

Seattle's defense finished first in the NFL with 15.3 points allowed per game, fourth in yards (306.2) and tied for fourth in takeaways (31) this season. In the past three years, the Seahawks improved defensively, finishing in the top 10 in points and yards allowed the last two seasons.

Meanwhile, new Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski hired former San Diego Chargers coach Norv Turner as their offensive coordinator.

In addition, the team added Brad Roll (strength and conditioning), Mike Sullivan (offensive line) and Scott Turner (wide receivers) to the coaching staff and retained Chris Tabor (special teams coordinator) and George Warhop (offensive line). Scott Turner is Norv's son.

Turner has 38 years of coaching experience, including 14 as an NFL head coach. Turner, 60, has a career record of 114-122-1 as a head coach with the San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and Washington Redskins.

Turner, who was fired Dec. 31 as head coach of the Chargers after going 55-40 in six seasons, is reunited with Chudzinski. The two worked together in San Diego during the 2009 and '10 seasons before Chudzinski left to become the Carolina Panthers' offensive coordinator.

And new San Diego Chargers coach Mike McCoy hired former Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt as the offensive coordinator.

Whisenhunt was fired after the team finished 5-11 for the second time in the last three seasons.

Whisenhunt was 45-51 in the regular season over six years with the Cardinals. He also posted a 4-2 playoff record, including a Super Bowl appearance. Prior to that, Whisenhunt was the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator.

---The Seattle Seahawks hired defensive line coach Dan Quinn to defensive coordinator, the team announced.

Quinn replaces Gus Bradley, who was named the Jacksonville Jaguars head coach. He was the University of Florida's defensive coordinator the past two seasons.

---The Denver Broncos promoted Adam Gase to offensive coordinator, replacing McCoy.

Gase moves up from quarterbacks coach, a position he held for the past two years. He has been an assistant with the Broncos for the past four years and in the NFL for eight.

---Former San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Ryan Leaf was moved out of a drug treatment center in Montana and into the state prison.

Dawn Handa, a regional probation and parole administrator, told the Great Falls Tribune that Leaf was taken out of the Nexus Treatment Center in Lewistown after violating the conditions of the placement, including threatening a staff member. He was transferred to the state prison in Deer Lodge.

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