User ID
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Betting Tools

Jags' Bradley stays positive despite losses

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley is staying positive.

Despite a league-low 31 points and no signs of progress through four lopsided losses, Bradley remains upbeat and consistent.

He's sticking to the process. And he's trying to get his players to do the same even though he acknowledges that it is human nature for them to start questioning things as the losses mount and the talk shifts to whether the Jaguars will win a game this season.

``It is a results league and we're trying to stay away from that,'' Bradley said Monday. ``Not that that's not important. It's very important to us, but we feel the quickest way to get there is our process. But I understand that's in the back of their heads. We'll utilize that. If there is some frustration by the players, that's OK as long as we utilize that to help us get better.''

Jacksonville's latest loss was the worst of the season - so far.

Little went right in the 37-3 drubbing against Indianapolis, which was the franchise's 11th loss by at least 16 points in its last 19 games.

The Jaguars play at St. Louis on Sunday.

Maurice Jones-Drew ran 13 times for 23 yards - his lowest total in 14 career games against the Colts. The team's offensive centerpiece is off to his worst start since his rookie season in 2006, when he played behind Fred Taylor.

Jones-Drew has 138 yards rushing and a touchdown. He's averaging 2.4 yards a carry, and his longest run has gained 10 yards.

``It's been pretty tough,'' Jones-Drew said. ``It's been the same every year, though. People load the box when they play us. We just have to go back to what we do best and that's all of us getting back on the same page and running the ball with a mindset of let's get it going.''

The Jaguars never imagined they would have so much trouble running the ball. Even though Jacksonville's offense has been one of the worst in the league the last three years, the Jaguars have always been able gain yards on the ground. And they returned four of the five starters on the offensive line who helped pave the way for Jones-Drew to lead the league in rushing in 2011.

Throw in first-round draft pick Luke Joeckel at right tackle and a new zone-blocking schemes, and Jones-Drew figured this year could be even better than 2011.

But the interior line has struggled, and tight end Marcedes Lewis being sidelined most of the season with a calf injury has only compounded the problems.

``We've got to figure out something,'' he said. ``I don't know how many yards we had (Sunday), but that's not going to cut it. We've got to continue to figure how we're going to run the ball, how we're going to get our playmakers the ball, our receivers, our tight ends and just continue working.''

The passing game was equally inept.

Blaine Gabbert, who missed the past two games because of a hand injury, threw three interceptions against the Colts. All of them bounced off receivers' hands. Cecil Shorts III bobbled two of those, including one that was returned for a touchdown.

It should help that the Jaguars are getting fellow starter Justin Blackmon back this week from a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Blackmon caught 64 passes for 865 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie.

``He's done tremendous these last four weeks,'' Bradley said. ``The biggest thing I wanted to see from him was to compete. I know he'll compete on the field. I want to see him compete off the field. His body fat has dropped and his weight has gained. He's in really, really good shape right now.

``He's done everything that we've asked of him. He went on the trips with us. ... He's a in a great frame of mind right now.''

Bradley insists the team is sticking together, too.

``Their attitude is great, they're doing everything we ask, and so for their sake, you'd like to have it come together,'' Bradley said. ``We all want it to happen fast, but I think the biggest thing for me with this group is to stay consistent and stay strong. I believe it. That's what I told the team: we're going to stay strong in these areas. You can count on that.''


AP NFL website:

The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2016
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

Marshall: Tech Trends - Week 8 Dak, Dallas getting noticed
Nelson: Close Calls - Week 7
DiNitto: Opening Line Report - Week 8
Roberts: Mixed results in Week 7
Dobish: Betting Recap - Week 7
Giants release kicker Josh Brown
QB Jay Cutler makes return for Bears
Jaguars DT Miller out for season
Why Buy Picks From
NFL Pro Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NFL Hot Streaks
14-2 L16 Totals, 9-1 Sun., 21-7 L28
13-3 G-Play Run, +1,095 TY
5-2 Sunday, 7-2 L9 G-Plays
9-1 Last 10 NFL Guarantees
6-0 Record L2 Sundays
4-1 Sunday, 10-4 L14 G-Plays
5-2 Sunday, 10-3 L13 Totals
10-3 L3 Sundays, 28-14 NFL Run
17-7 Last 24 NFL G-Plays
6-1 Thursdays TY, 13-6 L19 GPlays
4-2 Sunday, 4-1 G-Plays TY
6-1 Guaranteed Plays TY
6-2 Record Last 2 Weeks
9-4 Last 13 Guaranteed Plays
3-0 L3 Thurs., 10-5 L15 Picks
6-2 Last 8 NFL Guarantees
NFL Pro Football Expert Picks - Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Pat Hawkins + 1095
Kevin Rogers + 500
Chip Chirimbes + 467
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 780
Jimmy Boyd + 290
Kevin Rogers + 285
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Pat Hawkins 60 %
Michael Black 58 %
Don Anthony 56 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Pat Hawkins + 1060
Chip Chirimbes + 665
ASA + 531
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kevin Rogers + 575
Paul Bovi + 542
Pat Hawkins + 370
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kevin Rogers + 810
Gary Bart + 544
Jimmy Boyd + 495
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership