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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