Friday, February 21, 2014
Gus Bradley news conference highlights
By Michael DiRocco
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley held a news conference this afternoon at the NFL combine in Indianapolis. Here are some highlights:
On what the Jaguars are looking for in a quarterback: For us, if you put down traits that we're looking for in a quarterback some of the things that keep popping up are timing, accuracy, and decision making. I think that's what we're really looking at. Obviously there's some things, I mean, people take a look at height and things but the three major components are those things and that's what you evaluate on film. But just as the interviews you take everything into account, but those are the three major factors."
On running quarterbacks transitioning to the NFL: Obviously they've got to be able to make the throws in the pocket. They've got to be able to step up and make the required throws, but if they pick and choose their times -- whether it's the play call or I'm feeling pressure -- to extend the play it creates great strain. I think it provides that added dimension to a game that really as a defense you can't hone in and say, well we have a real good feel this quarterback is going to be here in all of our games, in all of our pressures, in all of our rush. You still have to get to him. It's a challenge in itself, but the added dimension that they can escape and extend the play and create big plays, that throws another dimension into it."
On what he's seen on film from Teddy Bridgewater: "He's got really good poise, very good decision making, and very accurate, by his stats, the completion percentage, and things like that. I think that's what jumps out."
On Blake Bortles: To be able to give you a complete evaluation at this point I don't think I'm ready to do that, but I can tell you that we've watched enough that we're really intrigued by him. The traits that he has, big, tall, things that we talked about before, timing, accuracy, decision making, those are all things that we take a close look at. The evaluation process is never over. The combine is really important but it's just another piece of the puzzle so I'm looking forward to really watching him compete. I think there's a chance to compete here and keep an eye on him."
On Johnny Manziel: Well, he's very talented. How can you argue with what he's done and the plays that he makes? Exciting player, and again, the evaluation process, I'm really looking forward to watching everything and I know our staff has. We're in that process but we've been watching him for quite a while and seen his traits. Does some great things. Did some great things for his team."
On Denard Robinson: The guy is infectious. He's got natural traits. The team really comes to him. They gravitate towards him. He's got explosiveness. He's got really good vision, so let's give him a chance and let's see what he has."