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Open Locker Room: All phases contributed to loss, HC Gus Bradley says


LANDOVER, Maryland – As Gus Bradley saw it, the reasons were many.

And when it came to figuring out just why the Jaguars played as poorly as they did in a 41-10 loss to the Washington Redskins Sunday afternoon, Bradley said it wasn't difficult to see that pretty much everything and everybody contributed.

Offense, defense, special teams …

Offensive line, tackling …

"It wasn't just one phase," Bradley said after the Redskins outgained the Jaguars 449-148 in front of 80,037 at FedExField in Landover, Maryland.

All of those things and a whole lot more mattered very much in a game controlled by the Redskins from essentially the start to very much the finish.

Bradley said many factors contributed, "some uncontrollable and some uncontrollable."

"We didn't do a good job in the factors that are controllable, and I think that's what's disappointing," Bradley said.

Redskins running back Alfred Morris rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns, and quarterback Kirk Cousins – playing after starting quarterback Robert Griffin III left with a first-quarter ankle injury – completed 22 of 33 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns.

The game got away as the Redskins outscored the Jaguars 21-0 in a stretch of the first quarter and second quarter during which Jaguars middle linebacker Paul Posluszny said the defense tackled surprisingly poorly.

"That made a big difference, especially early on," Posluszny said.

The Jaguars for the game allowed 10 sacks, the most they ever have allowed in a game and a total that tied the Redskins' franchise record for sack.

"It was tough," Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne said.

The Jaguars rushed for 25 yards on 10 carries, and throughout the game had difficult on early downs that led to the team converting 3 of 13 third downs. That came after the Jaguars struggled in that area in the season opener, converting 2 of 14 third downs against Philadelphia a week ago.

"It goes back to not being able to run the football," said Henne, who completed 14 of 28 passes for 193 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions. "They were on our routes in the quick game and we couldn't the ball off in the deep passing game."

Bradley said he did not consider playing rookie quarterback Blake Bortles. He was asked afterward if he would consider it next week.

"Right now, we've got a lot of things we need to correct," he said. "We'll take a look at that all on film."



Ryan Davis, Jaguars defensive end.There were few choices among Jaguars players for this one. The offensive line struggled throughout, and a difficult stretch of missed tackles in the first half let the Redskins get well away for a 21-0 lead. For necessity's sake, let's go with defensive end Ryan Davis, who continues to be perhaps the Jaguars' most consistent pass rusher. He registered a sack early and had a deflected pass in the second quarter.



Offense:Tight end Marcedes Lewis reached high late in the second quarter for from Henne on the right sideline. With the defender having gone for a play on the ball, Lewis – a nine-year veteran – turned upfield and ran the final 50 or so yards for a career-long reception. He was tackled as he fell into the end zone to cut the Jaguars' deficit to 21-7. …

Defense:Davis' sack of Robert Griffin III forced an early punt for the Redskins and gave the Jaguars what at the time seemed like at least a bit of early momentum. It was short-lived.

Special teams: Give this one to punt returner Mike Brown for holding on to a punt when he got leveled late in the first half. Brown opted to not call for a fair catch on a punt that hung allowed the Redskins to cover. Redskins safety Akeem Davis hit Brown hard and drew a penalty, with Brown somehow maintaining possession.


"We'll stay together as a group and get this corrected."

--- Jaguars offensive guard Zane Beadles


1.Henne: "We just need to go back to the game plan and execute better. "

2.Bradley: "It's not that they didn't work hard. They had a good week of practice. I just didn't feel like we stayed true to our techniques throughout. It comes back to fundamentals."

3.Beadles: "This league and this game is hugely important on the details. And we were not on our details, obviously. As an offensive line, we have to come in and we have to correct those things."

4.Beadles: "It's got to be a mindset. We have to come in, be ready to work, and it's got to translate to the field on Sundays."

5.Posluszny: "The running attack, which we did not stop at all, was the main difference. The thing was, we were well-prepared. We know how we would get attacked. We didn't tackle well. We're not getting off blocks. When that happens, it doesn't matter if we know or not. We knew what to expect, but when it was time to go out physically play, we didn't get the job done."

6.Henne: "Each individual needs to evaluate their own play. That's the only way you're going to get better as a team, is to evaluate yourself first, then fix it as a team. If everybody feels they can get better as an individual and improve, it's only going to help the team."



1.With veteran Cecil Shorts III out, the Jaguars leaned again on a trio of rookie wide receivers, starting Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns for a second consecutive week and using Allen Robinson in a more extensive role as he returns to health from an hamstring issue. Hurns, after catching four passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns in the regular-season opener, caught two passes for 13 yards and hada costly early drop. Lee caught two passes for 11 yards and Robinson caught four passes for 75 yards, including a 54-yard reception in the fourth quarter. …

2.The running game remained a focus for the Jaguars, with the team rushing for 25 yards after rushing for 64 against Philadelphia in the opener. Running back Toby Gerhart started Sunday after being limited with an ankle injury during the week, rushing for seven yards on eight carries after rushing for 42 yards in the opener …

3.While Bradley said he never considered playing backup quarterback Blake Bortles, the Jaguars did make several lineup changes throughout the game. Cornerback Demetrius McCray subbed for Dwayne Gratz in the first half, and linebacker Dekoda Watson replaced LaRoy Reynolds at the Otto linebacker position. In the fourth quarter, Sam Young replaced Cameron Bradfield at right tackle and rookie Luke Bowanko replaced Jacques McClendon.


Lewis left the game with a high-ankle sprain on the first play of the second half and did not return. Hurns also sustained an ankle injury, leaving the game following the Jaguars' last offensive play.


The Jaguars will play host to the Indianapolis Colts at EverBank Field in Jacksonville Sunday at 1 p.m.

Images from the 1st half of the Jacksonville Jaguars week 2 game against the Washington Redskins in FedExField

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