Lack of discipline and offensive miscues has led to a 2-5 start for the Jacksonville Jaguars. If the Jags want to save their season Coach Gus Bradley will need to have the team playing at the top of their game the remainder of the way to beat some of the NFL best teams.
During Gus Bradley’s tenure winning has come few and far between. Halfway through his fourth year his record stands at 14-41. Most of those wins have come against teams that finished with losing records. The Jags don’t exactly a good record against winning teams. In fact it’s almost nonexistent; Bradley has led the Jags to wins against teams with winning records just a few times. One of those came against Miami (1-0) in week two of last season. And for a few of these wins teams actually finished with records of 8-8.
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Bradley will need to do something he hasn’t done very much in four years in Jacksonville if he wants to show he has a future with the team. Win. Wins against top competition would show growth for a team that has lacked inspired play this season. But is it too late?
In the coming weeks the Jaguars face the Kansas City Chiefs, Huston Texans, Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills, and Denver Broncos. All teams currently with a tied or winning record. This is a tough schedule for anyone let alone a team struggling as much as the Jags. These opponents will test Coach Bradley’s and his coaching staff.
The Jags have built through the draft and spent a lot of money in the last few years bringing in free agents. These players were all brought in to help Bradley build his vision of a competitive team. That isn’t exactly working right now.
Finally the Jags need to figure out ways to win and quickly. These last eight games will not just show Bradley’s character but his coaching ability as well. If Bradley wants to show he’s the right man for this job it will have to start with improved play and a win this weekend against Kansas City.