The Jacksonville Jaguars had what was probably the most embarrassing loss of Gus Bradley's tenure on Sunday in the 38-14 road loss to the San Diego Chargers. It was another pathetic loss on the west coast where the team looked completely outmatched right out of the gate, when they deferred the coin toss to see the Chargers march right down the field and score a touchdown.
Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley says the team will need to learn from the loss and doesn't really believe the next two weeks are a crossroads for the team, just that they have to get back to playing like a good football team.
"I think like we said earlier that word is pause and you look back and reflect on it. Looking ahead let's take a look at the next two weeks or three weeks. We have a lot to get done today. A lot of conversation. A lot of coaching that is taking place in conversation," Bradley told reporters on a conference call on Monday. "We still are day-to-day and handling that way. We have to get right. The meeting we had with the players - they understand it too. They are professionals. They all understand that we cannot have that kind of performance. We all believe that we are a good team, but we just didn't play like we we're a good team."
"That's what we have to get back to."
One could argue that over the past 50 games, the Jaguars haven't ever really played like a "good team", so it's curious what Bradley means when he says the team has to "get back to" paying like that. In reality, they probably need to start playing like a good team before they can get back to it.
The team hosts the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, who are off to a 2-0 start in 2016 with a mostly healthy roster. The Jaguars beat the Ravens last year, barely, but it was a depleted roster dealing with injuries at key positions. The team they'll play on Sunday is much different than the team they beat on an un-timed field goal last season.
Whether it's "get back to" or start, the Jaguars need to play "like they're a good team" on Sunday to have any chance of salvaging the season.