Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley addresses growing concern for his still winless football team. (Photo credit: Robert Judin)
Trying to find the silver lining after losing by 34 points is not an easy task. Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley seemed to be hanging onto the silver lining of a 37-3 loss to the Indianapolis Colts Sunday.
Bradley was surprisingly chipper in his post-game press conference with the moral of the story being his team needed to capitalize off of the opportunities they had in the game.
Indianapolis stumbled out of the gate, as did the Jags, but the difference was the Colts eventually found their groove.
Jacksonville quarterback Blaine Gabbert returned to the starting line up after missing the previous two games after getting 15 stitches on his hand following a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the first week of the season.
Gabbert did not draw any applause from the Jacksonville faithful after going 17 of 32 with three interceptions. Although to his credit, six of his incompletions were due to throwing the ball away because no one was open, and two of his picks were caused by his receivers dropping the ball.
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Arguably the Jags’ best player, Maurice Jones-Drew, only had 13 touches for 23 rushing yards, and wide receiver Cecil Shorts had seven grabs for 61 receiving yards.
Meanwhile, on the winning side of the game, the Colts watched quarterback Andrew Luck throw a first quarter pick — it was called back because of an offsides penalty.
Luck eventually got one to stick when he got picked off by Jags defensive back Will Blackmon, which was his first career interception.
The second-year quarterback out of Stanford showed why he was the top pick in the NFL Draft last year though as he completed 22 of 36 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns.
It could be a challenge to stay positive after a loss, especially when the next time these two teams meet will be in Indianapolis but Bradley seems to have confidence in one of the NFL’s youngest teams. He will have the chance for revenge on Dec. 29, when the Jags visit Lucas Oil Stadium to take on the Colts on their turf.
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