What a difference a week makes for Bradley, Jaguars


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Tell the truth Monday’s have become a staple of Gus Bradley’s coaching tenure in Jacksonville. Every Monday Bradley and his staff review the film of what happened on Sunday with the players. Regarding Sunday’s embarrassing 38-14 loss to the San Diego Chargers, you’ve heard it before “The film don’t lie.”

“We talk about the truth and there was not much good to take from the game,” said Bradley during Monday’s conference call. “You look at all four quarters. We’re well aware that as a team we did not play very well. It wasn’t to our standard. You try to find some things that are positive, and I’m sure there are. As a whole, when you’re down 35-0 going into the fourth quarter, there’s not a lot of good that took place.”

What a difference a week makes. The team that lost to San Diego looked like a far cry from the one that had a chance to beat Green Bay in the final moments. Teams that start 0-2 historically have a 12 percent chance at reaching the playoffs. The next two games won’t be any easier, facing Joe Flacco and the Ravens at home this Sunday, before boarding a plane to London in week four against Andrew Luck and the Colts.

Bradley said that both the coaching staff and players shoulder the responsibility for what happened in San Diego. Now there task is to put that game behind them and the only way to do that is by winning.

“I think you really rely on the character of the team,” said Bradley. “We’ve got new team members and I know we’ve bounced back before. The character and the pride of this team is great. I know just by conversations with them, they have the mindset of let’s get this right. There wasn’t a lot of good that took place yesterday and I think we owned up to that.”

With Sunday’s loss Bradley’s record in the month of September dropped to 1-12. Jaguars owner Shad Khan didn’t put a number on how many games Bradley needs to win in order to keep his job. Khan did however say that a winning record in 2016 “everybody’s reasonable expectation.”

Which version of the 2016 Jaguars will show up on Sunday against the Ravens? That’s a question the entire city of Jacksonville wants the answer to. As for Bradley, everybody at EverBank field is just ready to move forward.

“We have to learn from this and learning means it gets corrected,” said Bradley. “We can talk all we want about learning but if it shows up again the next week, that’s not learning. That’s also a thing that’s a message to our team.”

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