Boy, what a slow 24 hours it has been for the Jaguars, huh?
The Jaguars announced a slew of organizational moves yesterday, including hiring Doug Marrone as head coach, extending Dave Caldwell as general manager for two years, and hiring Tom Coughlin as VP of football operations. The moves have been met with a lot of questions, some of them regarding the future of Blake Bortles. These moves might seem to indicate that they were made in order to continue on with Bortles, but on the other hand, it was reported a few weeks ago that Coughlin was no Bortles fan.
So, this leaves people asking: is Blake Bortles the guy? Can he be salvaged? After all, we are only a year removed from him throwing 35 touchdown passes, and the Jaguars offense looking like one of the most explosive in the NFL. To try and gain some clarity on the issue, Albert Breer of the MMQB reached out to a few NFL executives.
“I don’t think he’s as terrible as everyone makes him out to be,” said one AFC personnel exec. “He needs to clean up his mechanics obviously, but the offense hasn’t helped him. If your expectations are for him to be a top-five QB, then no, he’s not that. If it’s for him to be 15-20, then sure, they should be able to get him there.”
Asked if the Jags QB is salvageable, an NFC exec answered directly: “Yes, if you establish a run game, get him in a West Coast offense, with a quick rhythm passing game. His mechanics were f---- up all year.”
Well, that’s certainly one way to put it. Bortles’ struggles with his mechanics this past season have been well documented, including former offensive coordinator Greg Olson not being a fan of Bortles seeking outside help to correct them. Will an offseason of hard work to correct his mechanical issues put Bortles back on course?
There are many questions surrounding the Jaguars right now, but that one may just top the list.