First-year Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley, a former Seahawks defensive coordinator, had players working out to blaring music at a voluntary minicamp for veterans.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — First-year coach Gus Bradley’s initial practice with the Jacksonville Jaguars came amid music: some rock, some rap and a few pop songs blaring from sideline speakers.
It set the tempo — literally.
The high-paced, two-hour practice Tuesday kicked off a three-day voluntary minicamp for veterans. The Jaguars barely took a break during the session, which was designed to give new coaches extra work with their teams before next week’s draft.
But the thing that stood out, especially to the 77 players and 20 coaches on the field, was the score.
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“We just believe that it really elevates the performance,” said Bradley, 46, the Seahawks’ defensive coordinator the past four seasons. “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.”
Jacksonville players raved about Bradley’s technique, which he learned while working under Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.
“Going into my eighth year, I’ve never been a part of anything like this,” tight end Marcedes Lewis said. “First day of minicamp, they’re throwing everything at us: blitz period, hurry-up offense, two-minute drill, the whole kitchen sink at you the first day. … Everybody came out here with the right attitude and we got it done.”
Jacksonville was 2-14 last season, leading to the firings of coach Mike Mularkey and general manager Gene Smith.
Of Bradley’s staff, Lewis said, “Everybody’s talking about the coaches and how great they are. It’s one thing to be able to coach great, but it’s another thing to be great people coaching.”
Haslam family’s company
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said the federal government has launched a criminal investigation into rebates offered by the truck-stop chain owned by his family, including his brother, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.
Agents from the FBI and Internal Revenue Service raided Pilot Flying J headquarters in Knoxville, Tenn., on Monday.
Jimmy Haslam, CEO of Pilot Flying J, confirmed the investigation is criminal, rather than civil, in nature.
“It appears to be centered on a very insufficient number of customers and the application of rebates, that rebates that were owed to the customers were not paid,” Jimmy Haslam said. “We of course disagree with that.”
Haslam said subpoenas had been issued to several members of his 23-person sales force.
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