JACKSONVILLE – A day later, Gus Bradley said his feelings were the same.
The Jaguars on Sunday won a regular-season game for the first time in Bradley’s tenure as head coach. Afterward, he emphasized how the team won far more than the victory itself.
Nearly 24 hours later, Bradley reiterated those thoughts.
“What I was happy about was we really stuck to our convictions,” Bradley said Monday, a day after the Jaguars’ 29-27 victory over the Tennessee Titans at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn.
“Sometimes, especially where we were at – 0-8 at the time – you come off a bye week and you can change some things. You can decide to throw everything out the door and say, ‘Let’s do it this way.’ We didn’t. We really stuck to it and the players believed in it.”
Players also said the challenge now is maintaining consistency, something center
“We have such a great group of guys in here,” Meester said. “I don’t think guys are going to say, ‘Hey, we won. We did it.’ I think guys will say, ‘We’re going to find a way to continue to build and get better and build on what we did.
“When we come back on Wednesday, we’ll refocus and keep doing it.”
Said wide receiver
Bradley said the focus will continue to be on the message he has preached since joining the Jaguars in January – of players getting better each day, and letting winning and losing take care of itself. He said it’s as important to emphasize that after victories as after losses.
“We’re getting closer to where we want to where we want to be and the mindset we want,” Bradley said. “We had a gentleman (a “leadership consultant”) come in and visit with our staff and our team and he said, ‘Gus, just seeing the strength of your team and how they operate day-to-day, it might be one of the toughest mindset teams in the league. When you see them 0-8 and they’re practicing like they’re practicing, that says something about their mindset.’
“I never looked at it that way. I think that’s what we have to continue to build on.”
*Bradley called the victory “a total team effort – offense, defense and special teams,” emphasizing the play of the special teams. Running back
*Bradley also said turnovers were key defensively, with the Jaguars forcing a season-high four turnovers, including a 21-yard fumble return by cornerback
*Bradley said safeties
*Bradley also said a drive to start the second half was critical offensively. The Jaguars moved 79 yards in eight plays, converting a third-and-8 with a roughing-the-passer penalty on Titans safety Bernard Pollard and a third-and-13 with a 17-yard pass from quarterback
*Bradley said rookie running back