JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jaguars defensive end Jeremy Mincey overslept and missed a meeting last Saturday morning, which caused head coach Gus Bradley to fine him and not allow him to make the trip to Houston.
Mincey’s reaction isn’t what you’d think.
He’s not upset. He’s actually grateful.
“I really got a lot of love and respect for coach Bradley and the way he does things and he did it the right way,” Mincey said Wednesday. “I appreciate him for giving me the time to refocus myself and dedicate myself to football so you can see the real player that’s in me and I can start going back to who I really am.”
Mincey, speaking for the first time since his punishment was announced because the players were off Monday and Tuesday, admitted he had committed some other minor transgressions over the past few months and missing the meeting was the last straw. He has a 3-month-old daughter and also owns a recording studio in Jacksonville and said he had gotten caught up with both of those things and his commitment to football slipped.
The punishment was just what he needed.
“That’s one of those things you’ve got to live and learn from it,” Mincey said. “I’m an eight-year vet. I’ve got to be better than that.
“… I spread myself thin and I got sidetracked. That happens in life, and I’m just bouncing back from it. It’s time to move on.”
Bradley talked with Mincey on Saturday and Monday and told him that he needed to prove he is a reliable person and player again because the team needs him. Though he doesn’t have impressive numbers — 13 tackles, one sack, three tackles for loss, and three quarterback pressures — he generally has been one of the team’s most consistent players.
“I’ve challenged Mince,” Bradley said. “I don’t know [if] re-gain the trust is the right word, but I think he’s just got to come back and go to work. No talking. No anything else. Just work and re-gain the trust through that. That’s the challenge for him right now.
“I think we’re at the point where we don’t want to hear any more we want to see it.”
Mincey is in the second-year of a four-year, $20 million contract ($9 million guaranteed) that he signed in March 2012 and is making $1.525 million this season. Mincey nor Bradley would say how much Mincey was fined, but Mincey joked that while he was still getting a game check he “still got a lot taken out.”
He said he had no issues with it, though.
“I was wrong,” Mincey said. “Point blank and I deserved the fine and I’m willing to live with the consequences and repercussions.”
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