JACKSONVILLE – Gus Bradley remains determined to not focus on victories and losses.
But while the Jaguars’ first-year head coach said on Monday he will remain true to that approach, and true to his philosophy, he also said that winning and losing obviously do matter.
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Bradley said the key there may be getting the Jaguars to stop beating themselves.
“What I’m seeing (Sunday) is we’re hurting ourselves,” Bradley said Monday, a day after the Jaguars lost a fourth consecutive game to start the 2013 regular season, 37-3, to the Indianapolis Colts at EverBank Field in Jacksonville.
“The penalties, not executing assignments correctly – those things, we hurt ourselves. When we get to where we clean all those things up, and we’re playing at our highest level, then let’s make that evaluation. That’s my responsibility to our team, and to our fans and to our city.”
Bradley also said he realizes the frustration associated with a winless start.
“I know they’re saying, ‘Let’s get this corrected,’” he said. “The team is saying, ‘We need to get this corrected.’ I’m saying, ‘I know, and I’m responsible for that. I’m the leader and I’m going to give it my heart and soul to get there as fast as I can.’ This is the way I believe we have to do it.”
The Jaguars were outgained 437-205 by the Colts, with Indianapolis holding a 36:38-23:22 time-of-possession advantage. The Jaguars have lost each of their first four games by at least 10 points.
“It’s human nature; it is a result league,” Bradley said. “We’re trying to stay away from that (emphasizing winning and losing). Not that it’s not important — it’s very important to us, but we feel the quickest way to get there is through our process. We’ll utilize that. If there is some frustration on the part of our players, that’s OK – as long as we utilize that to get better.
“I think we have to do a better job maximizing our players, and to challenge them and put them in the right position. Then, they have to accept that responsibility and make a play. That’s what we can’t get away from.”
Bradley, as he did Sunday, emphasized the need for better execution, and better fundamentals. Offensively, he said the offensive and defensive line needs to play with lower pad level, and he said defensively there were times the team was in position to make plays and did not.
“We were there – we just didn’t make a play,” Bradley said. “So, you say, ‘All right. Let’s continue to teach them.’ Let’s tell them more: ‘We expect you to make that play.’ That’s what we’re going through right now as far as the teaching.”
Bradley said overall he wasn’t displeased with the Jaguars’ run defense Sunday. While the Jaguars allowed 154 yards on 29 carries, 50 yards came on a trap-play run by Donald Brown that featured two missed tackles and 17 more yards came on a scramble by Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.
Bradley said while he doesn’t discount those plays, overall the run defense was acceptable.
“As far as our base-core defenses, and how we’re playing them against the run, guys are where they need to be and they’re fitting it up,” Bradley said.
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