Bradley to caution Jaguars about brash remarks
Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley let his players jump
around on the field, dance in the locker room and hoot and holler
as much as they wanted Thursday night.
He also rewarded them with three days off.
When they return Monday, Bradley plans to ground them a little
”If we’re going to boast, we boast our weaknesses to each
other,” Bradley said Friday, a day after Jacksonville’s 27-20 win
over the Houston Texans.
Bradley doesn’t want the hottest team in the AFC blowing any
smoke. The Jaguars (4-9) have won three in a row and four of five
games since the bye, a modest turnaround that Bradley and players
are enjoying. But the rookie head coach is trying to keep his
players humble and hungry, sticking with his motto of ”eating
crumbs” after wins.
”I don’t want us feeling like we did some good things, we
accomplished some things,” Bradley said. ”We’re getting better
and we still have a lot of work to do.”
Following the prime-time victory, several Jacksonville players
used the spotlight to respond to critics who called the team the
worst in NFL history.
”Everybody who was talking noise can just eat some crow,”
guard Uche Nwaneri said.
Running back Maurice Jones-Drew called out a specific sports
talk show for apparently ripping the Texans-Jaguars game long
”It’s like, `Listen, we are all adults and we all get paid to
do a job and sometimes you don’t do your job to the best of your
ability,”’ Jones-Drew said. ”But you shouldn’t be cracking jokes
about guys that are busting their butts every day and no one is
quitting on our team.
”They still talk trash about us. We are going to keep getting
better and we are going to keep making plays. We are going to keep
doing our thing and be happy for everyone around us that is making
Bradley let his players vent, knowing they were frustrated by
losing the first eight games by double digits.
”As long as it doesn’t become a distraction, it’s a good thing
because I think it can elevate practice even more and give us even
better practice so we can get better even more,” Bradley said.
”Going through what we did in the beginning and going through what
we’re going through now, you can separate it and say we had some
adversity and now we’re having a little prosperity. My hope is we
treat both imposters the same.
”That’s going to be the challenge. I’m sure we’ll make some
mistakes. We made some mistakes on how we handled adversity and
we’ll make mistakes on some of these things that will be coming our
way. But it will be good teachings for us.”
The Jaguars played one of their more complete games of the
Chad Henne threw two touchdown passes for the second consecutive
week. Ace Sanders and Jordan Todman provided the offense with
another trick-play score. And the defense made two important stops
in the closing minutes.
Earlier in the season – against a considerably tougher part of
the schedule – the Jaguars were the ones melting down. In recent
weeks, they’ve gotten to witness others making those mistakes.
The Texans were flagged 14 times for 177 yards, many of the
penalties keeping drives alive and setting up scores. Houston also
threw two interceptions and failed to convert in crunch time.
”Maybe there will be a comment that maybe people doubted us,
but you don’t have to go there,” Bradley said. ”You didn’t do it
when we had adversity, don’t do it now. But guys feel like they
have to and maybe have some frustration, but we’ll teach them off
of it and take care of it.”
NOTES: Jones-Drew was scheduled to have tests on his strained
right hamstring, but Bradley doesn’t believe it’s serious. … S
Chris Prosinski has been diagnosed with a concussion. … WR Cecil
Shorts III (groin), CB Alan Ball (neck) and WR Ace Sanders (ankle)
should be fine for the team’s next game against Buffalo.
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