Jacksonville Head Coach Gus Bradley addresses the media after suffering a loss in his first game as the Jags’ head coach. Kansas City beat Jacksonville 28-2. (Photo credit: Robert Judin)
It’s the first game of the season for a reason. Some players may be nervous. The offense isn’t guaranteed to be precise. But each team is expected to compete.
But it was tough to see if the Jacksonville Jaguars competed on Sunday.
The Kansas City Chiefs held the Jags to just two points — coming off a blocked punt and safety in the first quarter, and ran away with a 28-2 win Sunday in Jacksonville.
Usually it’s a good thing when a player tallies more than 500 yards, but when it’s 556 punting yards courtesy Jacksonville punter Bryan Anger, that’s never positive.
When a team punts 11 times in one game, changes could be coming on offense.
Jags Head Coach Gus Bradley says his team did not perform to its capabilities.
Jags quarterback Blaine Gabbert struggled throughout the entire game. Gabbert completed 16 of 35 passing attempts for 121 yards, but two of his throws were picked off — one of them for a touchdown by Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali.
The ground game was slow as well. Jacksonville managed only 71 rushing yards on 23 carries.
Bradley says the offense will improve with time.
If the Jags got anything out of this week one disaster, it’s experience for its young players. Former Florida Gator defensive back Josh Evans saw a fair amount of playing time on special teams and ended up with three tackles.
Evans says he enjoyed his first taste of the National Football League.
It won’t get any easier for the Jags as they’ll go to Oakland next week to face the Raiders, who narrowly lost to the Indianapolis Colts 21-17.