Following a brutal loss to the San Diego Chargers in Week 2, Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley spoke with the media on a conference call on Monday.
Bradley discussed the malfunctions on both sides of the ball and placed blame on both the coaching staff and the players. The failure to execute was glaring and the play-calling was bested against the Chargers.
"We all had aspirations of going in there and playing at a high level and didn't," Bradley said. "So we talk to each about being better and giving our best - and that's what we're after - well surely that did not take place yesterday."
Bradley noted that the game left no room for a bright side. It was a bad performance in most - if not all areas - and the team acknowledged that the following afternoon.
"We talk about the truth and there was not much good to take from the game," Bradley said.
"You look at all four quarters, we're well aware as a team we didn't play very well. It wasn't to our standard. You try to find some things that are positive - and I'm sure there are - but as a whole, when you're down 35-0 going into the fourth quarter, there's not a lot of good that took place."
Quarterback Blake Bortles struggled mightily in the loss and accepted a large part of the blame for the team's poor performance. Bradley said the big point differential played a part in the quarterback's shortcomings.
"I think Blake acknowledged that he didn't play as well as he hoped," Bradley said.
"I know sometimes in those situations, you're down 21-0 and you have a tendency to want to make big plays happen to get back quickly into the game. When you do that at times, you get greedy, you try to make big plays happen. So I understand where he was at and he is a playmaker for us. I think there some great lessons to learned there. He plays true to himself and stays within that realm, he plays at a very high level for us."
Bradley blamed the defensive mishaps on miscommunication.
"We just had some communications errors that took place," Bradley said.
"I can think of one in particular - it was a timeout - we got the call in and it wasn't a speed thing and we just had a player that didn't play the call for whatever reason. You just can't have busts like that. There's other ones, just being on the same page of communication and being disciplined and on assignment, the one that happened with [Paul Posluszny] we were misaligned."
While the team has some "pause" after a putrid performance, Bradley refused to dwell on his team's 0-2 record.
"Again, all of the attention is - we just got to get right," Bradley said. "You're not defined by one game. I think if this brings us to the right places - that's my concern right now - is to make sure this game, this experience that we had, elevates our play and brings us to the right place."
News & Notes
- Left tackle Kelvin Beachum will return to Jacksonville on Monday. He is in the league's concussion protocol so his Week 3 status may be in question. Bradley said he spoke with the offensive lineman after the injury and said he is feeling good and is looking forward to returning to Jacksonville.
- Defensive end Jared Odrick suffered a left triceps injury against the Chargers but was able to return to the game. Safety Johnathan Cyprien suffered a right triceps injury but was able to finish the game. Defensive tackle Roy Miller hurt his right hand but was able to return.
- Running back Chris Ivory (general medical issue) and cornerback Prince Amukamara (hamstring) continue to make progress with their conditions.
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