Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles bounced back from his nightmare practice on Saturday evening, throwing zero interceptions on Monday during padded practice. Bortles actually finished the 11-on-11 team drills with 14 straight completions and by all accounts got better as the practice went on.
While Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone admitted he was a bit concerned with Bortles Saturday practice, he did state that he thought Bortles bounced back on Monday.
“I thought he bounced back well today, which is something that you obviously want to do. I think the first two days there were some good things he was doing out there,” Marrone said about Bortles practice on Monday. I think on that third day, we put in third down that day, from a standpoint of coverages, and I think it’s what we talked about before, making good decisions.”
There were some who wondered if Bortles interceptions Saturday were just great plays by the defense, though as Marrone confirms they were more just bad decisions by the quarterback. Like mentioned however, Bortles did bounce back and he wasn’t the only player who needed to according to Marrone.
“I think there are some things around him that need to be improved, some mistakes, not selling a play (action) enough to get the backers to come in,” Marrone continued. “It wasn’t just the one person, but it is the one in the quarterback position that needs to make sure the ball doesn’t go to the other team. Worked on it, looked at it. There’s some things we like that we know we can get better at and there’s some things we don’t really feel comfortable with now and we’ll throw it out.”
The key point there, as Marrone states, is that the quarterback can’t give the ball to the other team. If the Jaguars are going to play how we think, heavy on the run, then it’s especially important that the quarterback not turn the ball over and concert third downs to maintain drives. If you’re cutting the quarterbacks attempts by a wide margin, then the turnovers are going to be that much more detrimental to the team.
If the team has a certain route combination or certain looks that Bortles is more prone to turn the ball over, it’s likely they’ll throw those out of the play book and opt for something he’s more suited to be successful with.
You know, adapting...