The Jacksonville Jaguars took to the field on Tuesday for the first time under new head coach Gus Bradley and it was immediately apparent that things are going to be different for this franchise moving forward.
If the sound of music blaring from the practice field speakers was not enough to tell you that this is indeed a new era for Jaguars football, then the enthusiasm from the coaching staff and players should be a telltale sign that things are changing around this franchise. Less than six months after Jaguars owner Shahid Khan ousted a general manager who was unpopular among fans and a head coach who was reportedly unpopular in the locker room for his overly taxing practices, Bradley is starting to spread his vision for this franchise moving forward and the early indications are that the players are buying in.
“Going into my eighth year, I’ve never been a part of anything like this as far as the first day of minicamp,” said Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis. “They threw everything at us and we came out with a great attitude and we executed.’’
The most important thing about Bradley’s message, however, is that the Jaguars are not going to dwell on the past and they are only going to look forward. Everything the Jaguars have done this offseason from the roster moves to the new uniforms and coaching staff have been about trying to move past the stink of losing that has been on this franchise as they have won only seven games over the past two seasons.
The Jaguars know that they are not going to magically morph into a Super Bowl contender overnight, but for the first time in a while it seems that they may finally be moving in the right direction.