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Gus Bradley: We didn’t handle adversity well

Mario Addison, Blake Bortles

AP

The Jaguars started their season off with a loss for the third time in Gus Bradley’s three years as the team’s head coach when they fell to the Panthers 20-9 last Sunday.

It was a 10-9 game at halftime, but Blake Bortles threw an interception that cornerback Josh Norman returned 30 yards for a touchdown to extend Carolina’s lead. The Jaguars would run 24 more offensive plays in the game, punting three times and throwing an interception before time ran out during their last possession of the game. On Monday, Jags coach Gus Bradley said he was unhappy with the way his team handled things after Norman’s touchdown.

“We talked about adversity is going to come our way,” Bradley said, via ESPN.com. “Adversity did come our way with the interception in the second half for a touchdown, and I don’t know if we could say we quickly recovered from that. Sometimes misfortune happens but how you adjust and how you handle it is even more important. I didn’t feel like we handled it very well.”

Bradley said that he felt the players became too cautious on offense, something that can be an issue for a young team trying to avoid mistakes like the one that kicked off the second half. That often leads to other mistakes, though, and the Jaguars will have to iron out those issues quickly because their next three games figure to offer plenty of adversity.

They play host to the Dolphins before traveling to New England and Indianapolis for games that they aren’t going to win without remaining aggressive in the face of problems. They may not win them anyway, but it’s a step that the Jaguars will have to take in order to give themselves their best chance of avoiding another long losing streak to start a season.