Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley didn’t have his team ready to compete in Week 2 and he rightly steps up to take responsibility.
Will taking responsibility be enough?
Yes, it’s all well and good to say, “I think you have to put that on me…you can’t just show up and play well” but the fact of the matter is that the Jacksonville Jaguars hardly even look like they showed up. They hardly even looked like they were ready for the 38-14 beatdown they got from the San Diego Chargers.
There are calls all over Jaguars Twitter asking for Bradley’s job. He knows he is on the hot seat. He can’t get his team ready (by his own admission) and he has been out-coached thus far this season and over the last three. So far, the Gus Bradley era has been a series of mishaps as he struggles to create even a slight resemblance to the Seattle Seahawks’ impressive core of stability and competency.
The Jaguars thought they were getting Seattle South when they stole Bradley from Pete Carroll and the Seahawks. Instead, they’ve just received more of the same, dating all the way back to 2007 – the last year the team had a winning season.
Yes, the roster was historically bad when Bradley took over. Yes, there have been some good changes since he arrived. But the team simply hasn’t looked that much better. It also hasn’t delivered in the win column.
At first it was perfectly appropriate to point to the state of the roster as a reason for failure. Then it was appropriate to talk about growth of key players (chief among them being quarterback Blake Bortles). But now it’s time to talk about results or otherwise, not point to a possible psychological hangover from a close game the week before.
It’s the job of the had coach to get his team ready for games. It’s the job of the head coach to have a game plan to take advantage of an opponent’s weaknesses and defend against his team’s own. Bradley did not deliver that on Sunday. He knows it and we know it.
The problem is that we, the fans, are getting tired of it. Is Week 2 too early to fire a head coach? Is it more appropriate to wait until the bye week? Can Bradley maybe turn things around?
These aren’t questions that the Jacksonville Jaguars want its fans to be asking. And yet here we are asking them.
Thanks for taking responsibility, coach Bradley. Now it’s time to win.