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The Day After: Good stretches not enough, HC Gus Bradley says


JACKSONVILLE – Overall, Gus Bradley said there was plenty to like.

That included the quarterback play, it certainly included the defense, and overall, it included many areas here and there for the Jaguars in a regular season-opening loss.

But while Bradley said he was pleased overall with the play of quarterback Chad Henne Sunday, and while there were spots when a revamped defense played exceptionally well, there also was a bigger reality in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Sunday afternoon.

And it was a reality he had no desire to avoid.

"The challenge is to do it for 60 minutes, and that's what we did not do," Bradley said Monday, a day after the Jaguars opened the 2014 regular-season with a 34-17 loss at the defending NFC East Champion Philadelphia Eagles.

That was the theme of Bradley's next-day news conference Monday – that while both sides of the ball played well early, and while the defense played well against the run throughout, playing well in stretches isn't enough.

"We weren't pleased with the result," Bradley said.  "We expected us to be at our best, and we weren't."

Bradley said a "strong positive" was that the Jaguars played well on both sides of the ball for a long period of the first half, after which they led, 17-0. The offense struggled after that, finishing the game converting 2 of 14 first downs and running for 64 yards on 25 carries.

Henne, starting his first regular-season opener for the Jaguars, also was a major topic Monday.

Henne, who completed 12 of 17 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, finished the game 24-of-43 passing for 266 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. That meant he completed 12 of 26 passes for 99 yards in the second half, during which Bradley said he had six or seven passes dropped.

"We have to make sure the ones that are thrown to us, we catch," he said. "It's that simple. Those six or seven plays we had the opportunities to catch, we have to make those plays."

Bradley added, "We didn't capture every opportunity offensively," and said overall Henne performed efficiently.

"He did a good job with the offense," Bradley said. "He was prepared. He executed. Just like everybody, I'm sure there were some throws he would like back, but we're pleased with how he performed."

Bradley said the team is challenging Henne to take more chances and "be more explosive-minded," and he said Henne appears to be doing that. He completed touchdown passes for 34 and 21 yards to wide receiver Allen Hurns.

"That's what I felt with him," Bradley said of Henne's aggressiveness. "I think he's challenging himself to become more of that. Not that he wasn't (before), but I think he clearly understands where we want to go with it."

Bradley said offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch and quarterbacks coach Frank Scelfo were pleased with Henne's decision-making Sunday.

"They thought he was really prepared," Bradley said. "He had real command of the offense and those were the two big things that stood out."

While the defense played efficiently throughout, the Jaguars were hurt by explosive plays, with five Eagles plays resulting in more than 180 yards and all three Eagles offensive touchdowns.

"Seventy-seven out of 82 (plays) isn't good enough in this league," Bradley said. "We have to be on it every play."

Also around the Jaguars:

*Safety Johnathan Cyprien will begin the week in the concussion program after sustaining a head injury Sunday.

*Bradley said one reason Henne took several timeouts at the line of scrimmage Sunday was youth at wide receiver. "There were a couple of them, I know, when we got the call in and then the formation – with the youth, we had to get some explanations going on as far as lining up," he said. …

*Bradley said center Jacques McClendon overall played well on Sunday and that the team feels good about him as the starter entering Week 2.

*Wide receiver Cecil Shorts III (hamstring) will run Tuesday after missing Sunday's regular-season opener. How he fares Tuesday will determine his status for Sunday.

*Running back Toby Gerhart likely will work limited Wednesday after an ankle sprain Sunday.

*Middle linebacker Paul Posluszny sustained a knee contusion Sunday that is not expected to limit him this week.

*Tight end Marcedes Lewis sustained a knee capsule injury that could limit him in practice this week but is not expected to keep him out against Washington Sunday.

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