As the Jacksonville Jaguars fall to 0-6, often you'll see head coaches try to deflect the blame from their players to other spots. Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley did just that on Monday, directing some of the ire on himself, and rightfully so.
"We’re all professionals and we’ve got to make plays and I think I can do a better job of that. I know I could have led better yesterday (Sunday) as well," Bradley told reporters on Monday.
"I think at times maybe the frustration, not too much, just with the officials," Bradley continued. "I think they did a good job and going back they did a real good job officiating it, but I think maybe the players felt it a little bit from me. I don’t think I did a really good job with the team after the game. I think I could have done better with the game management, with the challenge flags."
Bradley made some questionable decisions in the game against the Titans, a game that was well in hand and there for the Jaguars to win that ultimately finished on a blocked field goal. At the forefront of those decisions were two questionable replay challenges, one more so than the other.
"The two that I did challenge looking back at it I think there was one, the fumble, that was worthy of a challenge because it looked like the ball hit Chris Clemons before it hit the ground," Bradley said about the challenges. "The other one was a questionable one to challenge on our side."
Bradley's first challenge, which was trying to see if the referees would overturn an intentional grounding call and rule a fumble on Titans quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, was just a straight up awful challenge. On live watch, it looked questionable that it was a fumble, but as soon as CBS showed the replay you could tell Whitehurst just spiked the ball into the ground and was deservedly flagged.
The second challenge however, I understand. It was unclear if the ball came out and there was enough there on replay to make it worth taking a shot at, because if you win the challenge you get the football back and it could have swung the game.
Bradley is 22 games into his career as an NFL head coach, so he's learning on the job just as much as a lot of his players, but by now he shouldn't be making questionable challenges like he did in the first half. Then again, coaches like Andy Reid have been in the NFL forever and still can't manage his timeouts.