JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jaguars are still hurting over their loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. But in the NFL it's next week already and the San Diego Chargers are waiting.
"Our guys are having a hard time with this one," Head Coach Gus Bradley said in his Monday press conference. "They felt like we missed an opportunity. And it hurts."
While the Jaguars are definitely an improved team the lack of a pass rush allowed Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers all day to throw. Today Bradley put the blame on the coaching staff saying it was a coaching decision to try and contain Rodgers.
"We decided to go with more of a controlled pass rush," Bradley explained. "We knew it was tough on the defensive line. We did not turn them loose. It was more a detailed pass rush to try and constrict Rodgers and force him to stay in the pocket. And even when we did that he still got up the field too far and he extended the play. To put the blame on the defensive line I would say I would have to take the blame."
Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers are up next. Rivers had made a career out of playing the Jaguars. He has passed for 1,899 yards and 11 touchdowns with 4 interceptions in 6 meetings. The Chargers are 5-1 in those games.
Bradley knows the Jaguars need to win if fans and critics are going to buy in. But for him the most important thing is that his team believes.
"There is a difference between you expect to win and you know you're going to win," Bradley said. "When you know you're going to win you're shocked if you lost. That's what this team is feeling now. That's a good step for our team."
The Jaguars play at San Diego next Sunday at 4:05 p.m.
Chris Ivory Update:
Bradley says Chris Ivory remains in a local hospital and his status for Sunday's game is still uncertain.