Gus Bradley stressing competition in his first camp


Since Pete Carroll has taken over as head coach of the Seahawks, he has made competition for roster spots and starting jobs a constant part of life around the team.

His former defensive coordinator Gus Bradley is approaching things the same way in his head coaching debut. The Jaguars have their first training camp practice on Friday and Bradley wants every player on the team to be on edge about their spot on the team.

“We have a saying in our locker room,” Bradley said, via Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times-Union. “I preached it to our players. I believe the three most dangerous words in the NFL are, ‘I got it,’ and we stay away from those words. I want our players, our coaches and the whole organization to have the mindset that ‘we ain’t ever got it,’ and we’re going to compete in everything that we do.”

Bradley said that training camp is going to be “uncomfortable” for the players, which it should be for a team that has been spinning its wheels the way the Jaguars have been doing for the last few years. We’ve seen how successful the Seahawks have been using a similar philosophy and the Jags are going to bank on things playing out the same way now that one of the architects of Seattle’s success is on their sideline.

It may not pay off in a winning season right away, but it’s hard to argue against a radical change to the way business is being done in Jacksonville.

7 responses to “Gus Bradley stressing competition in his first camp

  1. This is so much better than the Del Rio bravado and pitting teammate vs. teammate in camp. Bradley’s adoption of what worked in Seattle is exciting–no need to re-invent the wheel. Nobody is safe and I couldn’t be happier. I will predict this: MJD will compete harder than anyone and will respond well to this. I look forward to seeing a WR step up and make Blackmon earn his reps when he gets back. This camp tests the meddle of Gabbert (at least with the red jersey on) and we’ll see if he has enough in his gut to want to whip the competition.

  2. Alot of people and media like to mock the Jacksonville fanbase, but the fact is this team has been mismanaged for a long time and we STILL sell out games going 5-11 and 2-14.

    The Jacksonville fanbase should be applauded, not mocked.

  3. “Stressing Competition”

    You hear that all around the league. It’s nothing new or original. Jaguars are just another team in the NFL with just a normal run of the mill Head Coach in the NFL.

    Ever since Gruden preached competition in turning around the Raiders in 1998 that’s all you hear from Head Coaches. Like a flock of sheep.

  4. raiderlyfe correctly points out that stressing competition is nothing new in the NFL . . . and then turns around and implies that Jon Gruden invented the concept! LOL

  5. ….when you have 3 guys that are not NFL caliber starting competing for a starting spot, what the hell kind of competition is that! We need not elite players, not a best of the worst competition!

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