The Jacksonville Jaguars are a horrible football team. On Sunday, they tried their best to give back a game that the Tennessee Titans gift-wrapped for them, but finally begrudgingly accepted the victory and avoided an 0-9 start to the season, leaving the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the lone win-less squad.
But that doesn’t mean that the players don’t love their coach. In obvious contrast to their cross-state partners-in-terribleness in the Bucs, the Jaguars have veteran players, including Maurice Jones-Drew, that are sticking their necks out for their first-year head coach.
Bradley, who left his job as defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks for the chance to lose as many games as possible for Jacksonville, is beloved by his players. According to John Oehser from Jaguars.com, veterans like tight end Mercedes Lewis, defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks, and guard Uche Nwaneri all backed up Coach Bradley in their post-game comments and were obviously outwardly happy that they could get the monkey off of their leader’s back.
Of course, Jones-Drew’s comments are the ones that will catch people’s ears:
“His attitude and the way he does things, is special. To validate that with a win, it’s huge.”
It’s good to hear that a first-year head coach appears to be getting the benefit-of-the-doubt for his talent-void roster’s struggles thus far. To have the teams lone superstar player back up the coach, that says a lot and will certainly go a long way when the front office evaluates Bradley’s performance at the end of the year.