Jags using music at practice to enhance performance


The Gus Bradley era has begun in Jacksonville.  And players may soon be holding lighters in the air during practice.

According to the Associated Press, Bradley has incorporated music into football practice, with rock, rap, and pop songs playing during Tuesday’s opening minicamp session.

“We just believe that it really elevates the performance,” Bradley said.  “It’s not just to have music out there.  We found out that music, without going into too much detail, how many beats there are in a song and things like that elevates everybody’s performance.

“We’re trying to compete. . . .  We’ve got to do everything we can to get practice at the highest level, the highest level.  And if that means play some music at the same time, we’re going to do that.”

It’s a tactic that Bradley learned from his former boss, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.  Bradley also apparently learned from Carroll how to apply to pedal to the metal.

“We allowed them to play fast so they could put full concentration into their assignments and the execution and their effort,” Bradley said.  “Those three principles — hard, fast and together — and the music helps do that.”

The players already have noticed the difference.

“Going into my eighth year, I’ve never been a part of anything like this,” tight end Marcedes Lewis said.  “First day of minicamp, they’re throwing everything at us: blitz period, hurry-up offense, two-minute drill, the whole kitchen sink at you the first day. . . .  Everybody came out here with the right attitude and we got it done. . . .

“Everybody’s talking about the coaches and how great they are.  It’s one thing to be able to coach great, but it’s another thing to be great people coaching.  These are great people that actually care about you.  We feel that.  We thrive off that.  And the energy has been great since Day One and we’re going to continue to feed off that and get better every day.”

There’s plenty of room for the team to get better.  Last year, the end result was 2-14.  An immediate turnaround is unlikely, but three of the six worst teams from 2011 made the playoffs in 2012.  So anything can happen.

29 responses to “Jags using music at practice to enhance performance

  1. This is a mistake.

    Mike Sando at ESPN said this about Carroll: “Not many coaches could pull off piping hip-hop music into practices without coming off as phony, but Carroll does that and more”. Gus isn’t one of the “not many”.

  2. “The players already have noticed the difference.”

    I only have one question, do they still have Blaine Gabbert?

    Exactly, SMH.

  3. The energy’s been great since day one….!
    Day one for the players was yesterday so let’s hope that’s true…! lol

  4. Providing a fun, hard working, exciting, and competitive atmosphere… Exactly what Pete Carroll preaches!

    Competition makes athletes better same with fun but holding guys accountable. We wish you well Gus!

    -Seahawks and 12th man nation

  5. So, what do they do during a game when there’s no music? Performance goes down? You’re in the freaking NFL… you shouldn’t need motivation to play hard…

  6. Everyone is a comedian on here. Seems obvious. Surprised this is rare. Music helps with attitudes, focus, energy… I would think it does wonders for the cohesivness of the line play.

  7. ill buy it. young guys enjoying practice. uptempo, everyone is grooving, moving. “the mix at practice was great today” “ya man its hot out here, let’s go” I could see the benefits of it, high energy.

  8. Um? Blitz pickups, 2 minute offense? Those sound like Team Activities that are awfully Organized for Phase 1 (wink wink).

    Unless by “kitchen sink”, he meant “Coach expected me to have some of the playbook down.” Sounds like the culture is changing already.

    Best of luck, Gus.

    12th Man

  9. It’s the first thing you notice when you attend a Seahawks training camp or practice. They jack the music WAY up.

    Jags fans, don’t listen to the morons making fun of this. Everyone made fun of Pete Carroll when he came to Seattle and we all know how that’s gone so far. Gus Bradley is a good coach, and I hope he’s able to turn around the Jags.

    As a Seahawk fan, the Jags will be my AFC team this season. I’ll be rooting them on! They may not win a SuperBowl this season, but they should start getting a LOT better soon if Bradley keeps implementing Carroll’s system down there.

  10. It isn’t that the players need motivation to play hard. When you have athletes at the highest level competing at their hardest, doing things that might subconciously push them over the edge makes sense. And when you are talking about a team that needs to work on tempo and rhythm, music makes perfect sense.

  11. in a related story David Garrard was overheard asking if they would play MC Hammer’s “can’t touch this” whenever he was under center.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!