The Jacksonville Jaguars are heading to London without coach Gus Bradley, who has left the team to be with his family after the death of his father. Jaguars general manager David Caldwell said Monday that defensive backs coach DeWayne Walker will serve as the interim coach until Bradley rejoins the team, which will be sometime later this week. The Jaguars' first practice in London will be Wednesday. Caldwell said Bradley had a hard time deciding to leave the team on the verge of its trip to London, where they will play the San Francisco 49ers at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, but the team encouraged him to be with his family. "Many of you guys know Coach Bradley and been around him enough to know that he's a very tough-minded man, has a lot of intestinal fortitude, and he really struggled with this decision, whether to lead his team or to lead his family," Caldwell said. "We made it for him this morning to go home to be with his family and his mom to take care of what he needed there.
One of the few bright spots was tight end Marcedes Lewis’ 31-yard catch (his only reception) on the Jaguars’ initial drive. The situation: Second-and-9 from their 40. The formation: One running back, one receiver right, two receivers left and one tight end (Lewis) left. He was in a stand-up position off left tackle Cam Bradfield’s hip. At the snap, Lewis had a free release and ran straight ahead until he got beyond the first-down marker, when he cut right. Henne threw in 2.40 seconds to Lewis, who had a step on cornerback Johnny Patrick. When Lewis caught the pass, he ran over safety Eric Weddle for 18 yards after the catch. It was Lewis’ longest catch since a 62-yarder against Tampa Bay in December 2011.
The Jaguars weren’t good Sunday . . . That was obvious early, and except for a brief moment here and there, it stayed that way throughout. Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley talked about it extensively late Sunday afternoon, saying that the team simply wasn’t good in any of the areas of emphasis – enthusiasm, spirit, smart play, etc. This team has struggled a lot this season in a lot of areas. Sunday was a low point.