JACKSONVILLE – The week-to-week approach doesn't change.
Just because the Jaguars lost the 2014 regular-season opener last week, Head Coach Gus Bradley said that doesn't mean more urgency, pressure or importance in Week 2.
The Jaguars will visit the Washington Redskins Sunday. And while themes among observers might focus not only on averting a 0-2 start but on a polarizing, much-discussed quarterback situation, Bradley said the Jaguars' focus remains consistent.
"We don't have conversations about how we're 0-1, 1-1 or 0-2," Bradley said as the Jaguars (0-1) prepared to play the Redskins (0-1) at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, Sunday at 1 p.m.
"We just don't go about it that way. I think the challenge for us, the bigger picture is that we have to finish. We have to play a whole 60 minutes at our best. That's the challenge that we have in front of us."
The Jaguars, who started 0-2 each of the past two seasons, will start veteran Chad Henne at quarterback for a second consecutive game to start the season. While backup/rookie Blake Bortles is an often-discussed topic among fans and observers, coaches liked how Henne played in the opener, completing 24 of 43 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-17 loss at Philadelphia.
The Jaguars will be without safety Johnathan Cyprien, who was ruled out Friday with a concussion sustained in Philadelphia, and while wide receiver Cecil Shorts III will make the trip to Washington, he is listed as doubtful with a hamstring injury. That means there is a 25 percent chance Shorts will play.
Second-year veteran Josh Evans is expected to start for Cyprien, with rookie Allen Hurns starting a second consecutive game for Shorts opposite fellow rookie Marqise Lee. Hurns, a free-agent rookie, caught four passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns in his NFL debut last week.
The Jaguars took a 17-0 lead against Philadelphia last week, registering five sacks and forcing three turnovers, but were outgained 291-118 in the second half. The Jaguars also rushed for 64 yards on 25 carries, an area that must improve to help the team improve its third-down conversion rate of 14 percent (2 of 14) against Philadelphia.
The Jaguars are also focused on limiting a dangerous Redskins offense that features not only quarterback Robert Griffin III, and a pair of dynamic, playmaking wide receivers – Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson – but running back Alfred Morris, who has rushed for 2,888 yards and 20 touchdowns in his first two NFL seasons and 91 yards on 14 carries last week in a season-opening loss to Houston.
But Bradley said the Jaguars' focus entering Week 2 is mostly on the Jaguars, and building on what for a half in the opener appeared a solid start to his second season as head coach.
"I felt like in the game against the Eagles, the first half, our guys felt how being your best feels like," Bradley said. "I think in the second half, it felt like obviously what it doesn't feel like. I think they've really bought into, 'You know what? Let's really, truly be our best and let's see if we can do that for 60 minutes and then let's see what happens.'"
Here's a look at Jaguars-Redskins coverage this week on jaguars.com: