The Jacksonville Jaguars will begin offseason organized team activities (OTAs) on Tuesday this week, which signals the beginning of “Phase 3” of the offseason schedule. The team still can’t work one-on-one drills, etc., but they can put helmets on and do some team work. The end of the silly part of the offseason is over and head coach Doug Marrone seems pretty happy about it.
“I hate Phase Two,” Marrone told Ryan O’Halloran of The Florida Times-Union. “There are so many rules, you feel hand-cuffed as a coach.”
As mentioned the team can’t do one-on-one drills during OTAs, but the team can do passing skeleton type drills, meaning they can do 11-on-11, 9-on-7 and 7-on-7 team drills with the coaching staff, with helmets!
Largely the practices won’t mean much because there’s no contact and it’s not full speed.
The team has three practices this week and we will hear from Blake Bortles and Doug Marrone this week, post-practice, which undoubtedly will center around Bortles mechanics and offseason program.
We’ll hear a lot about Bortles throwing motion and how much it’s improved, I’m sure, but we have to remember the expectation is that it should be improved and that’s not necessarily news. The news would be if it doesn’t, really.
It’s underwear practice season, folks.