The one thing that Gus Bradley never loses sight of when it comes to his Jacksonville Jaguars is that the team continues to move forward. The past two weeks, although losses, have shown improvement in how the players have progressed to the point that the reps and the philosophy taught by Bradley and his coaches is being bought into the by Jaguars players and hopefully the fans in this community.
The 34-20 and 35-19 losses the past two weeks to the Rams and Broncos, respectively have been lessons in improvement, control and stamina. While Bradley is always looking for consistency, he is also looking to grow with his team and help them get to a situation where winning is the norm, not a surprise.
“Poor decisions do happen in games,” Bradley said at his Wednesday press conference at EverBank Field. “We are still looking for that perfect game.”
Jacksonville played the Broncos, arguably the best team in the NFL tough for 49 minutes. Youth and inexperience and lack of depth finally gave in as the Broncos and Peyton Manning won on their home turf. But in the game, Bradley and his defensive coordinator Bob Babich used some schemes that were designed to throw the opponent out of rhythm.
“Our plan is to keep getting better,” he explained.
One of the good things Bradley discussed with the media on Wednesday was the offensive line play and how the unit has come together and played stronger since the franchise traded tackle Eugene Monroe to Baltimore and Luke Joeckel broke his ankle. Cameron Bradfield and Austin Pasztor have stepped in and played well since taking over the starting spots in their absence.
Bradley said because the line play is better, there is reason to believe the running game can me better.
“It takes some time. It is much improved from where it was,” he explained.
While the Jaguars prepare for Sunday’s game with San Diego, the team will play against former safety Derek Cox, who signed a free agent contract with the Chargers earlier this season.
In other Jaguars news, according to jaguars.com…
Both Cecil Shorts III and Justin Blackmon each missing practice, leaving the Jaguars with two healthy active wide receivers on Wednesday. Ace Sanders and Stephen Burton missed practice with concussions. Shorts missed practice with a sprained SC joint (shoulder) sustained Sunday at Denver, and Blackmon missed with the groin/hamstring injury he played through while catching 14 passes for 190 yards Sunday.