If you’ve had the misfortune of watching/listening to all of Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley’s press conferences this season, you would have noticed a trend in something that not only Bradley says, but all of his coaches and the players. No, it’s not the meaningless placating jargon he uses the majority of the time, it’s a specific phrase that is constantly comes up and I actually thought about what it meant on Monday and it kind of gave me a headache.
The phrase that is constantly brought up is: "We have to get back to who we are."
I tried to think about what exactly that meant. Who are the Jacksonville Jaguars and what is it they’re trying to get back to?
A friend and I were discussing this and in all seriousness, we couldn’t come up with anything. "When you say that, you realize the only thing you have done successfully here is lose at a historic clip, right," my friend told me. "Seems like you are who you are already."
They can’t be getting back to being the 2013 Jaguars, because they were a bad football team and went 4-12. They can’t be getting back to being the 2014 Jaguars, because they were a bad football team and went 3-13. They can’t be getting back to being the 2015 Jaguars, because they were a bad football team and went 5-11. So in all honesty, what is it that they’re trying to get back to? What does that even mean, other than to say "We have to stop being terrible."?
So far in 2016 the team is 2-4 and the rest of the year feels hopeless already, so maybe the Jaguars have already gotten back to who they are.
A bad football team.