The Jacksonville Jaguars finally won a game last weekend after nine straight losses, and Kelvin Beachum believes it’s because of the preparation and mindset from the week before that put them in a position to do just that.
Speaking with Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com on Sirius XM NFL radio, Beachum talked about the differences in how interim head coach Doug Marrone prepared his players and how former head coach Gus Bradley prepared them.
“I think the most important thing that he emphasized is, ‘fellas, we gotta win,’” offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum said on Sirius XM NFL Radio on Wednesday. “That’s what it really boils down to. We’ve got to win. Everything he’s been stressing since he’s had a chance to be at the helm of this team is winning. What do we have to do to win? What is it that our opponent does or avenues they go about putting themselves in a bad position for us to take advantage of that? So he’s really done a good job of finding those little keys and little nuggets throughout the film to show us what we’ve got to do to win this game.”
First, I’m absolutely blown away that emphasizing winning is a major culture shift for an NFL locker room. But I guess that’s what you get when your mantra for the better part of four years is, “Get better.”
Second, this is an incredibly damning statement for Gus Bradley as a coach. Not only was his overarching philosophy a flawed one, but on a practical level, the preparation wasn’t there, according to Beachum and other players, according to Kaye in a follow-up tweet.
All in all, it’s painfully obvious Gus Bradley didn’t know what he was doing and the team suffered as a result.