Sunday, September 29, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Jacksonville Jaguars
By Michael DiRocco
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Observed in the locker room after the Jacksonville Jaguars' 37-3 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
Foolish penalties: Jaguars coach Gus Bradley has remained upbeat and positive through the first three weeks, but Sunday he showed just a hint of frustration when he talked about the Jaguars’ nine penalties for 65 yards. “To not execute, to jump offsides, to have nine penalties, all those things are in our control,” he said. “We can no longer do that. A lot of them were foolish penalties.”
Confusion: The Jaguars have traditionally run the ball well against the Colts. Maurice Jones-Drew has averaged 106.8 yards per game in 13 games against Indy, but the Jaguars managed just 40 yards Sunday. “It’s the Colts,” guard Uche Nwaneri said. “I don’t care who they have at quarterback. I don’t care who they’ve got on defense. It’s the Colts, and for us to come out and not be able to run the ball on the Colts, it’s mind-boggling.”
Gabbert is the guy: Bradley said he’s sticking with quarterback Blaine Gabbert, despite a 17-for-32, three-interception performance. Some of the mistakes were on receivers for breaking off routes, Bradley said. “I’m staying strong with Blaine because he competed and he’s doing what we asked him to do,” he said.