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Jeremy Mincey says he needed his wake-up call

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Jaguars defensive lineman Jeremy Mincey is owning responsibility for missing last week’s game.

The Jaguars left him home from last week’s trip to Houston for violating team rules.

And Mincey told Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union that he had no one but himself to blame. He said a new baby and a music business distracted him from his day job.

“I needed it,” Mincey said of coach Gus Bradley’s wake-up call. “It’s time to re-focus and re-dedicate myself to football. Gus was just honest. He just made an example of me and I feel bad to be the example, but I’ll always fight back and will come back and do everything right.

“I want to be a Jaguar. I have a lot of love and respect for Coach Gus Bradley and the way he does things. I appreciate him giving me the time to re-focus and dedicate myself to football so you can see the real player in me and I can get back to who I am.”

Mincey will also be fined for oversleeping and missing a meeting, which he admitted was the last straw rather than an isolated event.

“I hated to miss it,” he said. “I let my team down. But I’m back and it’s over with. We’re all human and we make mistakes.

“I was negligent as a football player and role model on this football team.”

The Jaguars got by without him, beating the Texans for their second win in three weeks. But as important is Bradley’s willingness to make an example of someone, which could help him create a different atmosphere in the future.

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7 Responses to “Jeremy Mincey says he needed his wake-up call”
  1. FinFan68 says: Nov 27, 2013 3:17 PM

    At least he owned up to his stupidity. Good for him. Now if the rest of these guys could just figure that out ahead of time. They have high-paying “dream jobs” and too many guys just blow it off and blame everybody else for their flaws.

  2. smartanis says: Nov 27, 2013 3:19 PM

    Honestly, the only reason he was kept this year at all is because it would have cost more to cut him than to keep him. He’s just another in a line of Jaguar pass rushers (Bobby McCray, Paul Spicer anyone?) to look good for a year, get a nice contract, then disappear. He’ll be someone else’s backup next year.

  3. gojags says: Nov 27, 2013 3:27 PM

    Jeremy – you probably needed that waking up call since you signed the multi million contract from that useless GM.

  4. citizenstrange says: Nov 27, 2013 3:41 PM

    Music business? Seriously?

  5. ron32082 says: Nov 27, 2013 4:37 PM

    You would think a $3.5 million dollar salary in ’13 would be enough to show up for work on time. He is due to make $6.5 million next year.

  6. don2074978 says: Nov 27, 2013 4:42 PM

    The Baby I have no problem with. The music business can wait until January.

  7. snccoach says: Nov 27, 2013 6:59 PM

    Apparently Mincey missed the ESPN documentary called “Broke”. How do the majority of players go bankrupt? Getting into the “music” business.

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