Jaguars enjoy 'Victory Monday' after latest win

Jaguars enjoy 'Victory Monday' after latest win
November 25, 2013, 7:47 pm
Share This Post

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Ryan Davis (59) celebrates his interception against the Houston Texans during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Houston. The Jaguars won 13-6. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley delivered the news on the flight home.

He stood up in the middle of the plane and announced a day off. Players reacted with subdued celebration.

''They were excited and then they showed disappointment because I think that's what they wanted me to see,'' Bradley said Monday.

It was the first day Bradley has given his team off this season, a ''Victory Monday'' that followed a 13-6 win at Houston. It was Jacksonville's second win in three weeks, more evidence that Bradley has the rebuilding Jaguars (2-9) headed in the right direction.

Jacksonville gave up a season-low 218 yards - the team's fewest in more than two years - and made the most of several big offensive plays.

Ace Sanders' 51-yard reception set up Maurice Jones-Drew's 1-yard touchdown run on the opening possession. The Jaguars made it 10-0 in the second quarter after Jones-Drew got loose for a 44-yard gain, his longest run of the season. The defense did the rest, keeping steady pressure on Case Keenum and holding Andre Johnson to two catches.

Ryan Davis, a first-year player who spent most of the season on the practice squad, sealed the win when he intercepted Keenum's final pass.

Jacksonville is 2-1 since its bye week, when Bradley simplified the defense scheme by eliminating most 3-4 aspects.

Since then, the Jaguars forced four turnovers in a win at Tennessee and then held Arizona to 14 yards rushing in a loss.

''We really locked into a couple (defenses), but I think our guys are starting to understand it better,'' Bradley said. ''I think they're getting a comfort level now of how to play their responsibility yet keep themselves alive for the whole play. That's what you're seeing on tape. You're seeing guys do that now, and because of it, they're playing with more confidence.''

Second-year defensive end Andre Branch, who wasn't a lock to make the team after a sub-par training camp, has been one of the bright spots. Branch had a sack in his second straight game.

The Jaguars needed him to step up, too, since Jeremy Mincey didn't make the trip after violating an unspecified team rule.

Bradley spoke with Mincey on Monday.

''He's going to be challenged now,'' Bradley said. ''I thought it was best for him to stay home this weekend. I thought it was best for the team for him to stay home this weekend. For Mince, it was just a challenge to get refocused on what's important, and we needed him to have his focus on the team.

''Not that it wasn't, but I think there was a sense that maybe he was straying away from that. He's got a lot of things going on and I just wanted to refocus his attention on football and I thought it was the best way to do that.''

The Jaguars lost their first eight games - all by double digits - and prompted speculation they might become the third team in NFL history to go winless.

But they've played considerably better since. And things could get better down the stretch, with games against Cleveland (4-7), Houston (2-9), Buffalo (4-7), Tennessee (5-6) and Indianapolis (7-4) remaining.

''What's been really cool is to validate (the work),'' Bradley said. ''Let's really keep it about us getting better. It doesn't matter who we play, it's another test on every Sunday to test the preparation that we've had during the week. I think that if everybody on our team plays to the best of their ability, that's even better than winning.

''Our objective is to really sustain this and play at a high level all the time regardless of who we play. That's what we're really striving our team to get to, where they play their best all the time. If we do that, the wins will take care of themselves.''


AP NFL website:

Texans - Team News
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) is listed as probable for Week 8. Johnson practiced in full Friday after being limited early in the week. He'll continue to play through his ankle injury. Johnson is a mid-range WR2 for Sunday's game...
Oct 24 5:19PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) remained limited in Thursday's practice. Johnson doesn't need full practices at this stage of his career. He's a solid WR2 for Sunday's game against the Titans.
Oct 23 4:37PM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) said he'd be surprised if he doesn't play in Sunday's game... Clowney hasn't played since tearing his meniscus in Week 1. He says he plans to "push through" the soreness that's still in his knee. If the training staff lets...
Oct 23 11:41AM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Ryan Fitzpatrick admitted he "didn't get it to Andre [Johnson] nearly enough early"... Johnson finished with 5-77-0 on nine targets, but had just one catch for four yards through the first three quarters. After the game, coach Bill O'Brien said that Johnson...
Oct 23 8:03AM Read More
Brian Cushing - LB
Texans ILB Brian Cushing will miss at least one week with a knee injury. It's a blow to an already vulnerable Houston run defense, and a nice upgrade to Bishop Sankey's Week 8 matchup. Justin Tuggle and Mike Mohamed figure to start at inside...
Oct 22 8:32PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice. The Texans are limiting Johnson's reps coming off Monday night's loss. He'll remain a WR2 for Week 8 against the Titans.
Oct 22 5:22PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster was limited in Wednesday's practice. The Texans listed Foster as "not injury related," but he missed practice time last week with a groin issue. Foster has a matchup with the Titans' No. 22 ranked run...
Oct 22 5:15PM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
According to, there's a "decent chance" Jadeveon Clowney (knee)... "He feels good," coach Bill O'Brien said Monday. "Well see how it goes this week in practice. We'll be able to make a determination pretty soon about whether...
Oct 21 3:58PM Read More
Garrett Graham - TE
Garrett Graham caught two passes for 24 yards in the Texans' Week 7 loss to the Steelers. Graham was targeted three times, but dropped the other. It can be considered one of Graham's better statistical games of the season, which obviously means he's nowhere near...
Oct 20 11:31PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson caught five passes for 77 yards in the Texans' Week 7 loss to the Steelers on... Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins each saw a team-high nine targets. There was nothing special about Johnson's night. His biggest play was a 24-yard grab on a deep in route in...
Oct 20 11:25PM Read More
DeAndre Hopkins - WR
DeAndre Hopkins caught six passes for 108 yards in the Texans' Week 7 loss to the Steelers on... Hopkins and Andre Johnson each saw a team-high nine targets. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw it to whichever receiver was working against embattled Steelers CB Cortez Allen. ...
Oct 20 11:16PM Read More
Alfred Blue - RB
Alfred Blue rushed for 14 yards on five carries and caught an 11-yard touchdown in the Texans'... Blue was the vulture on the opening-drive 11-yard score after Arian Foster managed 59 rushing yards to get the Texans near the goal line. Foster is an every-down back,...
Oct 20 11:09PM Read More
Ryan Fitzpatrick - QB
Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 21-of-32 passes for 262 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception... Fitzpatrick played well for much of the first half, leading the Texans on three consecutive scoring drives to open the game. It was a train wreck thereafter. One play...
Oct 20 10:56PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster rushed for 102 yards on 20 carries in the Texans' 30-23, Week 7 loss to the... Foster got off to a blazing start, rushing for 59 yards on the Texans' 94-yard opening touchdown drive, but was vultured by Alfred Blue for the 11-yard touchdown catch to...
Oct 20 10:47PM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is inactive for Monday night's Week 7 game against the Steelers. Clowney's lateral agility wasn't where the Texans wanted it to be in pre-game warmups. He's been out since undergoing knee surgery after Week 1. Whitney Mercilus is...
Oct 20 6:09PM Read More

More Team Talk