Bradley wants Jaguars to 'sweep the corners' when it comes to a turnaround

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - If you have a broom, the Jaguars could use your help.

Not because the team has been swept in its first two games, but because the Jaguars want to clean up the mess they've made for themselves.

“Sweep the corners," head coach Gus Bradley said.

"In a room, you have to go and dig in the deep corners and do everything. It is easy to bring all the dirt to the middle. You have to go into the corners and dig out to find out – it really is a message about doing the little things. We have to do the little things, whether it is penalties, critical plays in critical situations, so just more consistent play.”

The Jaguars have been inconsistent in nearly every aspect. Whenever the team has shown promise in one area, another spot suffers a letdown. It's led to some frustration for players and coaches.

“Frustration that we didn’t play as well as we anticipated," Bradley said. "That frustration.”

However, Bradley still believes the team has the right attitude to turn things around after a blowout loss to the San Diego Chargers in Week 2. While it would be easy to just give up on the season after a rough start, the Jaguars locker room still has plenty of fight left in it.

“This team is far away from that mindset," Bradley said.

"They were frustrated and we went out there and we thought we were going to play better than we did and we didn’t play as well. We have to come back and get that right. I told you this team, and Blake is the leader. His mindset permeates through the locker room. They take on that personality and that is why we had a really good practice again today.”

On Wednesday, Bradley acknowledged that the staff and roster self-evaluate on a weekly basis. The reflection revolves around situational work.

“We will look at what we are doing on third down, what are we doing in the red zone, what are we doing in two minute, what are we doing in all the situations," Bradley said.

"What are our calls, first and second down, certain situations, areas of the field, just to see if there are any tendencies we have or if we are giving the other team any tendencies. It is more those situations. What is working for us and what is not working for us?"

Bradley acknowledged the team has played poorly so far this season. The head coach said errors will be fixed by staying the course and correcting negative plays. 

“Our approach has been the same in how we handle penalties," Bradley said.

"This year we have some foolish ones that are coming up to bite us in critical situations. That has been addressed and how we look at that. It is part of sweeping the corners. We have to do the little things right because that is a big part of it. I think you look at things that need to be changed and say – what is that definition of insanity? ‘Repeating over and over again and expecting different results.’ We want to make sure we are not doing that."

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