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Jags coach Gus Bradley says he still trusts Justin Blackmon

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Picking up a four-game suspension for a substance abuse violation less than four months after a new head coach has taken over isn’t the best way to make a first impression.

Yet, that’s exactly the situation Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon has found himself in after getting a four-game suspension handed down by the league this week. It’s not exactly the best first step to take in building a relationship with your new head coach. However, Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley is willing to give Blackmon some benefit of the doubt.

According to Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union, Bradley still trusts the second-year wide out. He said he’s had “six or seven conversations” with Blackmon already since the suspension was levied earlier this week.

I told Justin I do trust him,” Bradley said. ““We both have to earn each other’s trust and I don’t want trust to be mistaken for being naïve.”

“He understands we’re disappointed in what took place. I really try to maintain my focus on making sure he has a clear vision of what we expect from him. We’ve had great conversations since this came out.”

Bradley intends on using the issue with Blackmon as a barometer to set the discipline for the team going forward. With a four-game suspension, Blackmon is now just one more offense away from a full season suspension. The Jaguars will need to hope Bradley’s trust in Blackmon will be rewarded or they could be playing without their former first-round pick for an extensive amount time.

“That’s the challenge that’s been placed in front of him,” Bradley said. “I have confidence in Justin. He knows our expectations and he has those same expectations. It’s a process for him and for us, but we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

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31 Responses to “Jags coach Gus Bradley says he still trusts Justin Blackmon”
  1. vtopa says: May 2, 2013 11:51 PM

    Gus, Gus, Gus…

    Fool me once….

  2. captainwisdom8888 says: May 3, 2013 12:25 AM

    I smell a lie…

    Do you honestly believe that Blackmon’s coach would ever come out and publicly say, “I don’t trust my #1 receiver whatsoever.” It just wouldn’t happen…so when Bradley says something like this it just reeks of inauthentic babble.

  3. commonsensedude says: May 3, 2013 12:43 AM

    It seems like this kid has a pretty serious addiction issue. He needs someone to lay out for him the fact that he’s on the verge of throwing his career and even possibly his life away. Hopefully he makes a decision to change and the team can give him support if he shows that he’s made that decision.

  4. theguyfromtampa says: May 3, 2013 1:04 AM

    Yeah, thats a good idea. Let him stay around and get another DUI too.

  5. crypticscript says: May 3, 2013 1:06 AM

    They should sign Tim Tebow, not as a quarterback, but to be Blackmon’s shadow.

  6. bennyb82 says: May 3, 2013 1:15 AM

    My silver lining playbook says…At least he was not driving.

  7. maddenisfordorks says: May 3, 2013 1:18 AM

    Bradley is handling this the right way.

  8. thegreatgabbert says: May 3, 2013 1:27 AM

    In terms of how far Gus trusts Justin, he was able to throw him about 3 1/2 feet.

  9. lackofsuprise says: May 3, 2013 1:29 AM

    In the league less than a year and already 2 strikes…. What’s not to trust?

  10. seatownballers says: May 3, 2013 1:41 AM

    Gus inherited blackmon, so everyone should give the due diligence of believing him. But I forsee another problem with the young reciever within a year, that causes management to move in different direction.

  11. nonjaghater says: May 3, 2013 2:04 AM

    Jag fan since 93 but gosh…1st rd pick rj soward needed a ride to work and wake up call. (stoner). Jimmie Smith (gimme sniff) retired before 3rd pos test. Matt Jones popped for coke. Blackmon for 3rd time of something bad. dang good luck with receivers sadly

  12. kenudo says: May 3, 2013 2:15 AM

    I think what makes this a different situation is Blackmon actually seems like a good guy. He’s quiet and goes about his business in a workmanlike way; he’s no sideshow diva wide receiver. He does however appear to suffer from stupidity and a fondness of alcohol and probably pot which I’m guessing is what this suspension is for. Hopefully he doesn’t have a real problem because he’s now one bad decision away from derailing his career, but it seems like Bradley is going about this the right way and providing a solid support system for him.

  13. ruthlssjag says: May 3, 2013 2:35 AM

    Who the hell “wouldn’t” wanna play for a coach like Gus?? This guy has ALL the tools to take a team from the bottom of the barrel, & (with the help of GM Dave Caldwell) move them on up.. How come coach Bradley had to wait this long to find a HC gig (it’s a head-scratchier for sure)??

    Have at it haters!

  14. mungman69 says: May 3, 2013 3:42 AM

    The coach has to trust him, he’s the only receiver on the roster.

  15. davetexansfan says: May 3, 2013 3:43 AM

    Well, what other choice does he have?

  16. cchemi01 says: May 3, 2013 3:53 AM

    This is why I love Bradley – a real motivator who takes a huge negative and finds a way to turn it into a positive going forward. If Justin won’t play for this guy then he won’t play for anyone.

  17. j4man1 says: May 3, 2013 4:04 AM

    What’s the challenge that’s been placed in front of him, not being stupid?

  18. starvingardens says: May 3, 2013 4:56 AM

    Yeah of course he trusts him. How much though… Probably as far as he could throw him.

  19. ketch20too says: May 3, 2013 6:32 AM

    Much easier to “trust” your most talented wide out than a camp fodder player. Top tier players get a pass just like most have gotten their whole lives-which is why many act the way they do-never held responsible for their misbehavior.

  20. bucrightoff says: May 3, 2013 7:02 AM

    Ray Lewis showed that if you play at a high enough level, you can forgive pretty much anything.

  21. mtheparrothead says: May 3, 2013 7:25 AM

    Gus Bradley = winner/consummate professional.

  22. ampats says: May 3, 2013 7:50 AM

    Gus says all the right things because next strike Blackmon is out for a year .

  23. jagsfanugh says: May 3, 2013 8:19 AM

    Great coach so far it seems.

  24. gbmickey says: May 3, 2013 8:19 AM

    So tired of coaches and gm’s coddling players when they screw up. It would be refreshing to hear a coach say he has let down his team with his selfish actions. He now has to earn my trust.

  25. saints4life57 says: May 3, 2013 8:22 AM

    Awww how nice! Blackmon is still a jackass! Come on man your one of the better WR’s in the NFL and your doing stupid crap like this? He is lucky his new coach is forgiving! I just got done posting about how I hate when people get on here and bash the players but some of them just deserve it!

  26. 69finfan says: May 3, 2013 9:29 AM

    As long as after he’s done with the suspension he continues to be productive, catches the football a bunch of times and scores loads of TD’s!

  27. jpaynethemayne says: May 3, 2013 9:33 AM

    does gus trust him with a pill bottle? or driving under the influence?

  28. blackfootkiller says: May 3, 2013 11:46 AM

    Does Gus trust himself to not go into soft zone coverage with a minute left in a playoff game when your team is only up by 2 points?
    Probably not.

  29. dpaulson7 says: May 3, 2013 12:00 PM

    OSU is a finishing school for great talent at WR and idiot gangster training! I’d love a copy of Dez and JB’s transcripts not to see the grades, I want to see what classes they took! Gin and Juice 101, (Math) counting grips, (Social Studies) Mom and Hooker AP, (agriculture) Honors Chronic!

  30. mythaimyke says: May 3, 2013 12:03 PM

    Bye, Bye Blackman, once a dirtball, always a dirtball! He will be in jail or collecting public assistance within 2 years!

  31. fdugrad says: May 3, 2013 11:49 PM

    I trust you, especially since none of the rest of your salary is guaranteed!

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