Gus Bradley Interview: MJD Reaches Out to Jags New HC

Jan 22, 2013; Mobile AL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars new head coach Gus Bradley at Ladd-Peebles Stadium after watching the Senior Bowl north squad practice. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley is off to a pretty good start in Jacksonville, which is a major contrast with previous HC, Mike Mularkey.  During an interview with WOKV on Wednesday morning, Bradley was able to talk about his early evaluations and his interactions with Jags players.

A major change from Mularkey to Bradley is the relationship with star running back Maurice Jones-Drew.  A big part of Mularkey’s offseason storyline in 2012 was the MJD holdout and his lack of interaction with the running back.  Bradley seems to be more inviting.  ”He [MJD] reached out to me the first day that I was hired.  We had great conversation.”  I don’t know if it’s just because Bradley is that kind of players coach or if Jones-Drew finally realized that holdouts probably won’t get him paid, but it’s nice to get off on the right foot for once.

Bradley also touched on quarterback Blaine Gabbert.  Gabbert, the Jags’ first round selection in 2010, has come under fire for slow development, but Bradley seems open to bringing him back for 2013:  ”A lot of our evaluations have taken place off tape, but he did some good things.”  While Bradley hasn’t had a chance to have a great conversation with Gabbert yet, it can be expected that Gabbert will be a part of the competition at quarterback for the season.

- Luke N. Sims

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Topics: Blaine Gabbert, Gus Bradley, Jacksonville Jaguars, Maurice Jones-drew

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  • john.D

    Players seem to like this …or are they worried….I guess they are all up in the air right now. if you have a reputation for demanding respect I guess you get it… I really like this guy..SO FAR

    • LukeNSims

      I’ll like him mor when he has a few wins under his belt. But for now he’s definitely alright.

  • Terry O’Brien

    In my opinion, for what it is worth, MJD reaching out is not an indication he likes Bradley and didn’t like Mularkey. It also isn’t an indication that Bradley is more liked by the players. It is simply a reality that MJD is in the final year of his contract, he had nothing to show from last year and he needs a spotlight to show his worth. Without a good 2013, his percieved value to any team falls. This is a year potentially worth multi-millions of dollars to MJD. He is just working it.

    • LukeNSims

      Good point. It also helps that he may be fighting for his 2013 job already. The Jags could deal him still.