JACKSONVILLE – There will be butterflies. Absolutely.
As Gus Bradley sees it, there likely won’t be any avoiding that Sunday, nor should there be.
His first game as an NFL head coach. A chance to see his players play.
For real. At last.
It’s natural to be excited, and Bradley – the Jaguars’ first-year head coach – said without question when the Jaguars play host to the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2013 regular-season opener at EverBank Field Sunday, he will have the expected nerves and energy . . .
He and everyone else around the Jaguars.
“We try to calm it down the best we can, but yeah, I think it’s a nervous excitement,” he said late this past week.
The Jaguars, who finished 2-14 in 2012, enter 2012 not only with a new head coach, but a new general manager (David Caldwell), a new helmet, new logo, new uniforms and a roster that includes 26 new players from last season.
As of Saturday, the team also doesn’t know for certain who will start at quarterback, with
The only active Jaguars player ruled out Sunday is tight end
Aside from Lewis, Gabbert and Rackley, the Jaguars are healthy, and although wide receiver
“Here’s the reason why I am excited,” Bradley said. “I’m excited to see them play. That’s what I’m excited for – not for me but for them. Here’s guys . . . (Rookie)
“How can’t you be excited to watch these guys? So that’s where my excitement comes from.”
Here’s a look at this week’s coverage of Chiefs-Jaguars on jaguars.com:
|Setting the Table: See which players and matchups to watch and so much more.|
|Wednesday Wrap: Get the answers to Senior Writer John Oehser's five questions before media availability.|
|Fabulous Four: The four storylines to watch heading into Chiefs vs Jaguars.|
|10 Things: The 10 things the Jaguars must do to beat the Chiefs, according to Oehser.|
|Bradley Encouraged by Gabbert's Progress: The latest update on quarterback Blaine Gabbert's thumb injury.|
|Jaguars All Access: Jaguars rookie right tackle |
|O-Zone Mailbag: Oehser recaps the busy offseason and answers questions as he gets you ready for the season opener.|
|Open Locker Room: Hear from quarterback Blaine Gabber and running back Maurice Jones-Drew.|
|Kickin' It With Scobee: Jaguars kicker |
|Gus Bradley Press Conference 9/6: Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley's final press conference of the week.|
|Inside the Jaguars driven by Tom Bush Mazda 9/6: The last in-depth look at the Jaguars before their home opener.|
|Preview of KC vs JAX: An exciting breakdown of the key players on each team, to get fans hyped for the matchup.|
|STAND UNITED Kickoff Pep Rally: Fans filed in to EverBank Field to show off their Jaguars pride.|