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Gus Bradley backtracks on Marqise Lee criticism

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Jaguars coach Gus Bradley had some harsh words for rookie receiver Marqise Lee after the team’s preseason opener last week, but on reflection Bradley believes he miscommunicated his critique.

Despite Bradley’s comment that Lee needs to be “more focused” and “can’t choose when and when not to,” Bradley says he wasn’t intending to suggest that Lee doesn’t work hard enough.

That was on me,” Bradley said, via the Florida Times-Union. “I got specific about one play where he was supposed to run a comeback and he ran it. It was never an effort thing, but he was confused about how the defender was playing him so he wasn’t running at full speed. But, he’s got to learn from that and run full speed.”

Bradley said he wanted to make clear that the issue with Lee isn’t about work ethic, it’s just about a rookie learning his role in the offense.

“This was a great opportunity for us to clarify things,” Bradley said. “A couple of things that came up where he was unsure of positioning of the defense and the route in terms of how he should attack it. So, there was confusion on his part that we got cleared up. He is extremely focused, really competitive, really driven. I thought he came out today, learned from those things and got better.”

Jacksonville needs Lee to get better in a hurry. Few teams have a more desperate need for a young receiver to emerge than the Jaguars.

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11 Responses to “Gus Bradley backtracks on Marqise Lee criticism”
  1. bassplucker says: Aug 11, 2014 1:59 PM

    Looks like the PC Police got to Gus.

    Gus… it’s OK to call a player out every once in awhile. It’s even OK to — gasp! — suspend a starter for a few days if they’re getting out of line. Some coaches still do it.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 11, 2014 2:00 PM

    In other words the second-year HC, that has had a lot more experience in his line of work than Lee has had in his, isn’t where the team needs him to be as of yet.

    Just try and show more consistent concentration by this time next year Marqise, but if not you should still get some more time to figure it out.

  3. swagjag says: Aug 11, 2014 2:01 PM

    Player’s coach.

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 11, 2014 2:01 PM

    Gus would view a serious accident as a great opportunity to learn how to walk again, and learn to function with prosthetic limbs. A lengthy prison term is a great opportunity to reflect on life and catch up with your reading.

  5. scoochpooch says: Aug 11, 2014 2:03 PM

    Gus tells the truth and then has to backtrack. I’m sure pulling out the race card was either brought up or threatened. Cmon Lee stop the laziness.

  6. ahawkfan says: Aug 11, 2014 2:18 PM

    Jags will have some more WR options coming in a few weeks, they are called the wide receivers 5th and higher on the depth chart…with the Seattle Seahawks.

  7. chargrz says: Aug 11, 2014 2:24 PM

    BUST!

  8. mackcarrington says: Aug 11, 2014 2:46 PM

    Bradley must be from the “throw them under the bus” school of motivational techniques.

  9. gayforbrady says: Aug 11, 2014 2:49 PM

    Why are there reports on players no one has ever heard of.

    Please more stories on how high in the league Jets players think they are or are going to be.

  10. phinatic29 says: Aug 11, 2014 3:08 PM

    Gus Bradley looks like he could snap skinny, old frail Pete Carroll in half. I like that about him.

    Kick his can Gus!!!

  11. 941bucs says: Aug 11, 2014 5:38 PM

    Lee does need to man up. With bortles there, I would be pretty damn excited to be a wr on that team

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