New Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley is definitely no stranger to energy, as the former-Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator has made a name for himself for his fiery excitement about football. On Tuesday, he held his first practice as a head coach and it was no different, as Bradley and general manager Dave Caldwell began the process of attempting to turn a 2-14 team into a winner.
"I loved it. Are you kidding me? No matter what if it's a completed pass I am excited," Bradley said. "If it's an interception or something like that we can always get better in those areas. It was just what I envisioned it: high tempo, guys busting their tail, guys running from drill to drill, the tempo was high, and we pushed them just like we had envisioned so I was very pleased with that. This was definitely something to build on."
The Jaguars have plenty to build on after finishing the 2012 season with the third-fewest points scored and the fourth-most points allowed. Under the guidance of owner Shahid Khan, who's entering his second season with the team since purchasing it from Wayne Weaver at the conclusion of the 2011 season, the Jaguars have undergone a culture change throughout the organization.
From a new logo to a new front office, everything about the team feels brand new, including practices, which featured loud music that wasn't typical in years past.
"We just believe that it really elevates the performance," Bradley said. "It's not just to have music out there. We found out that music, without going into too much detail, how many beats there are in a song and things like that elevates everybody's performance. We're trying to compete."
"We've got to do everything we can to get practice at the highest level, the highest level. And if that means play some music at the same time we're going to do that."
For the Jaguars to take an immediate step, they'll first have to have better play at the quarterback position. Owners of the second pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Jaguars could look to upgrade by selecting West Virginia's Geno Smith. But if they elect not to, they'll likely have to turn to Blaine Gabbert once again.
"He did a good job," Bradley said of Gabbert's performance at practice on Tuesday. "You know what, we threw a lot at him. You can see if you were here at practice you saw a lot of different situations, and we really wanted to put strain on our guys to see just how far we could push them."
Not everyone thought Gabbert did well though, as Mark Long of the Associated Press saw it differently:
"The practice wasn't seamless as quarterback Blaine Gabbert, learning his third offense in as many seasons, struggled in team drills."
Practice for the Jaguars will continue on Wednesday and Thursday to close out the voluntary mini-camp. Organized team activities (OTAs) are scheduled to begin for the team on May 13.