The Jaguars didn't even wait for the team to return to Jacksonville to make a coaching change.
Hours after a heartbreaking loss at Houston, the Jaguars announced Sunday they have fired head coach Gus Bradley with two games remaining in his fourth season. The team did not name an interim coach, but that announcement is expected to be made on Monday.
Bradley did fly back to Jacksonville with the team.
"I thanked Gus Bradley today for his commitment to the Jacksonville Jaguars over the past four seasons," Jaguars owner Shad Khan said in a statement released Sunday afternoon. "As anyone close to our team knows, Gus gave his staff and players literally everything he had. Our players competed for Gus and I know they have great respect for him, as do I.
"Gus also represented the Jaguars, the Jacksonville community and the NFL in nothing less than a first-class manner as our head coach. That counts for a lot. It is unfortunately evident that we must make a change. I thought it would be best to do it immediately after today’s result so Gus can step away, relax and regroup with his family during the Christmas and holiday season."
Khan said general manager Dave Caldwell would explore "all options to hire the best head coach possible to lead" what the owner called "an extremely talented team."
Caldwell's job would appear to be safe in the meantime.
The Jaguars held a 20-8 lead Sunday after Marqise Lee's 100-yard kickoff return with 6:50 remaining in the third quarter. But the Texans rallied behind backup quarterback Tom Savage for a 21-20 victory, scoring 10 points in the fourth quarter.
The loss was the ninth straight for the Jaguars, who dropped to 2-12 on the season. The Jaguars never won more than five games under Bradley.