JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Don’t expect radical changes from the Jacksonville Jaguars in the wake of Sunday’s 38-31 loss to Tampa Bay.
There may not even be any.
Coach Gus Bradley said Monday that he’s not firing, demoting or altering duties on the coaching staff. As for possible lineup changes, that’s something the staff will evaluate throughout the week. However, Bradley admitted that even if he feels a change may be warranted, it might not be possible because there just aren’t any viable alternatives.
"You trust people until they prove unreliable, and if they’re unreliable you’ve got to make changes. I agree 100 percent," Bradley said. "The NFL is 'tolerate until you can replace.' That’s for all of us. I think that’s the environment we know that we’re in and the players know we’re in that environment. And the coaches [also know].
"The players need to sense that, but we need to have someone that we can replace them with."
The roster, while better than it was in 2013, still doesn’t have enough depth to allow the Jaguars to put every underperforming player on the bench. Whether it’s because of injuries or not enough talent, the Jaguars just don’t have the ability to make major personnel changes.
They have options at some positions, such as cornerback, but they’re tight at others, such as linebacker, defensive end, safety, running back, and at certain spots on the offensive line.
Bradley said the players and coaches need to clean up the mistakes that crop up every week and have cost the Jaguars chances to beat the Bucs, Carolina and Indianapolis.
"We each took turns, coaches included, making mistakes [against the Bucs]," Bradley said. "We ended up with 25, 30 mistakes. You look at it and you go, 'how can we get this fixed?' … I think the biggest message to our team is personal responsibility.
"They each need to take personal responsibility and get their one mistake or two mistakes corrected so we can see this get taken care of.”
The Jaguars’ list of mistakes against the Bucs is pretty long. Here are some of the more egregious ones:
Running back Bernard Pierce blocking instead of tackling on a punt return.
A total of 23 missed tackles, which allowed the Bucs to have five plays of 20 or more yards, including a 58-yard punt return.
Some of those mistakes were made during practice last week, but Bradley emphasized that they were corrected. The coaches made the fixes on the field and again in meetings, but for some reason the players made the same mistake on Sunday. Harbor’s missed block in a good example. He missed it in practice then did it correctly several times, but when the play was called on Sunday he failed to block down, and defensive end George Johnson hit Grant and forced the fumble.
Those are the kinds of things that the Jaguars have done all season, and Bradley has had enough. Changes or not, the players on the field have to perform.
"I don’t know what else we can do with some of these areas, but we have to find a way to get it through to them," Bradley said. "You know what? It’s personal responsibility. You’re in the NFL. You’re a player in the NFL. Take care of your business and focus. If you do three good things and you didn’t do it that time, you’re losing focus. That, I think, is an issue with some of the guys.
"There’s a lot of guys doing well, but that part is too much and is keeping us from going where we want to go."