JACKSONVILLE – Senior writer John Oehser examines the Monday that was around EverBank Field the day after a loss to the San Diego Chargers in Week 2 of the 2016 NFL season
"NOT MUCH GOOD"
Gus Bradley summed it up in a few words.
The Jaguars' head coach calls the day after games "Tell-the -Truth" Monday, and Bradley said the truth was clear after what happened Sunday in San Diego.
"We talk about the truth, and there was not much good to take from the game," Bradley said less than 24 hours after a 38-14 loss to the Chargers. "We're well aware as a team that we didn't play very well. It wasn't to our standards.
"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."
The Jaguars (0-2) fell behind 21-0 Sunday during a first half in which Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers threw two of his four touchdown passes. Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles threw two interceptions and lost a fumble during the same span.
The Jaguars not only allowed Rivers four touchdowns passing without an interception, but also allowed Chargers running back Melvin Gordon 102 yards rushing and a touchdown on 24 carries and wide receiver Travis Benjamin six receptions for 115 yards and two touchdowns.
Bradley addressed a number of issues Monday during a next-day conference call with the media, including the team's performance offensively and defensively on third down. A point of emphasis in the offseason and during training camp, the Jaguars struggled in the areas Sunday. They converted two of 11 third-down opportunities offensively and allowed San Diego to convert seven of 13 third downs.
They converted four of 15 third downs in the regular-season opener against Green Bay and allowed Green Bay to covert seven of 14 third downs.
"That's one of the areas we need to take a look at it," "Bradley said. "We will take a look at both games and analyze it and see what is taking place and how teams are playing us."
Images from the Jaguars Week 2 matchup against the San Diego Chargers.
Jaguars left tackle Kelvin Beachum was released from the hospital in San Diego Monday and will remain in the NFL's concussion protocol. He was diagnosed with a concussion sustained in the fourth quarter Sunday and taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure for further testing.
Several injured Jaguars players who finished Sunday's game will be evaluated in the coming days: defensive end Jared Odrick (triceps), strong safety Johnathan Cyprien (triceps) and defensive tackle Roy Miller hand). Running back Denard Robinson was removed from the game and evaluated for a concussion Sunday but was cleared by the team's medical staff.
Bortles completed 31 of 50 passes for 329 yards and two touchdowns, but his day was defined by the three first-half turnovers that included a second-quarter interception thrown into coverage near the Chargers' goal line. The Jaguars trailed 21-0 at the time and the turnover cost the Jaguars a chance to cut the lead to two touchdowns as halftime approached. "Blake self-acknowledged that he didn't play as well as he'd hoped," Bradley said. "Sometimes in those situations you're down 21-0 and you have a tendency to want to make big plays happen and to get back quickly into the game. When you do that at times you get greedy and try to make big plays happen. I understand where he was at. He is a playmaker for us. There are great lessons to be learned there. When he plays true to himself and stays within that realm he plays at a very high level for us. That's the big lesson."
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The Jaguars committed 14 penalties for 93 yards Sunday, bringing their total through two games to 23 penalties for 172 yards. "Eight or nine were foolish penalties," Bradley said. "Players have to take responsibility on that as well as coaches. We have to be a more disciplined team. Overall, we all shoulder the responsibility. We all take blame for what took place Sunday. Once you do that, you have to apply those lessons that you learn and go."
"We talk about 'learn – we have to learn from this …" well, learning means it gets corrected. 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 big message to our team."
"He continues to grow. He continues to learn. There are things we're asking of him. We're challenging him to be able to step on the field at critical times – he has to be fully aware of all the situations and his responsibilities. He's getting better in that area. The improvement we have seen over the past couple of weeks is exactly what we're looking for."
--Bradley on rookie linebacker Myles Jack