BAGSHOT, England – Gus Bradley has liked a lot about this team all season.
He likes it a little more now.
Bradley, the Jaguars’ head coach, on Thursday said Jaguars players not only weren’t bothered by comments he made Sunday that the team lacked effort in a loss to San Diego that day, but that they have responded positively to the situation.
That’s unusual, Bradley said. And it’s very, very good.
“I think that I really complement our team on how they’ve handled this whole situation,” Bradley said Thursday as the Jaguars (0-7) prepared to play the San Francisco 49ers (5-2) at Wembley Stadium in London, England, Sunday at 1 p.m.
“Rarely can you talk about effort with an NFL team and you don’t get backlash; I think that generally happens. Our team really took it as a challenge and said it wasn’t up to our standard of play and we will stand on that and we will support what the coaching staff says.”
Upon arriving in England Wednesday, Bradley said that it was probably more accurate to say the team lacked spirit rather than effort Sunday. He said he talked to a few players one-on-one about the statements this week.
“I just think we really have stand-up guys,” Bradley said. “I’m really impressed by the way our guys have handled this. It doesn’t surprise me. It just makes me even more excited about coaching these guys.”
Bradley on Thursday also further discussed the Jaguars’ quarterback situation, having announced on Wednesday that
“I think we feel a little bit with Chad – I think he’s done some good things,” Bradley said. “We want to see where it takes us. Nothing to slight Blaine. The competition is ongoing. It’s really handled no differently than any other position, I would hope.”
Bradley also said he and Gabbert talked while walking back to Pennyhill Park Hotel from the team’s practice facility Thursday.
“We didn’t talk specifically about it, but he’s doing good,” Bradley said. “It’s a tough situation, I’m sure. He’s really a strong competitor. I think he’s getting back to full health right now, but it was one of those things where we felt like we wanted to build on what Chad Henne has done the last couple of weeks, and see where it takes us.”
Also around the Jaguars:
*Bradley on Shorts/Blackmon playing through their injuries last week against San Diego: “I can really appreciate what they went through and the degree of pain they went through and what they fought through for this team. I have a greater appreciation for it after visiting with them.”…
*Bradley said he right tackle
*Sanders will handle punt return duties Sunday, Bradley said. …