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

bit.

”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

before kickoff.

”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

plays.”

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

season.

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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