Damn right there are moral victories in the NFL, and the Jaguars got one Sunday in Denver.
What is a moral victory? Its feeling better about your team even after a loss, and I can’t imagine a Jaguars fan who doesn’t feel better about his team today than he did yesterday.
Listen, the Jaguars are still a bad team and they may go 0-16. The talent is not there, but its better with the current lineup than it was.
Quarterback Chad Henne is capable of playing winning football. Sure, he’s up and down, but on the right day he can lead a team to victory. If Blaine Gabbert sees the field again – unless, of course, its injury related – Coach Gus Bradley ought to be fired. If, for the record, Henne is injured, Ricky Stanzi should be given a chance to see what he can do. In other words, the Gabbert experiment should be over. He’s had more than his share of opportunities and has repeatedly proven he’s a dud.
Wide receiver Justin Blackmon is a big time talent. In just two games he has shown his performance during the second half of his rookie season was not a fluke. He has the uncanny ability to get open and he catches everything he touches. He could be a truly special talent, and that makes it all the more frustrating he can’t behave himself off the field. When it comes to being selfish and stupid, Blackmon resides near the top of the mountain. If he misbehaves again he ought to be ban from the NFL for life.
And then there’s the Jaguars' rookie head coach. Bradley looked like he knew what he was doing against the Broncos. Yeah, he gambled and lost several times, but I loved the message he sent to his players. He and his staff had a plan that did seem to frustrate Denver quarterback Peyton Manning.
Now Bradley has to instill some discipline in his young players. Stupid mistakes and lacking poise hurt the Jaguars against the Broncos. Would they have won without them? Probably not, but we’ll never know. Note to Andre Branch, Josh Evans and others: Keep your cool under fire.
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