The Jacksonville Jaguars began their organized team activities (OTAs) on Tuesday afternoon, which means football season is officially back. There usually isn’t a lot to look for in OTAs, at least projection-wise for the upcoming season, but there are a lot of little things that the coaches look for from the practices.
“To see them get better. Meaning to see the habits form where you do not have to constantly be reminded to go to the ball, to run to the football,” Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said on Tuesday when he was asked how to judge success in OTAs. “Mistakes, we know that they are going to occur, but that they become limited as you go through it. You see players becoming more comfortable. I think that’s just body language that you see, and things of that nature. I don’t know.”
As Marrone stated, mistakes will definitely be made because it’s the first day the players are all on the field together, however you want to see how the players react to those mistakes. It’s more than just if they respond by making the mistake again, it’s what they do when the mistake is made as well.
“You are going to have setbacks, but if you looked at a graph … I always explain this to the team and I haven’t done this yet, but I do it every year. You may go up a little bit, down a little, up a little, down a little, I’m talking about from practices. But if you steadily drew a line, you want to see that line increase,” Marrone continued. “You want to see yourself becoming better as a football team. What you don’t want to see on that graph is that one day you are really good and the other day you are really poor – when you see the space in between of how your team performs. The closer you can get that, the greater you should be able to excel and become a good football team.”
The Jaguars return to the practice field for another set of OTAs on Thursday.