The Jacksonville Jaguars three day mini-camp wrapped up today, ending on a high note. Head coach Mike Mularkey was excited to get the things that needed to be done, done.
The most impressive thing about the ini-camp, and the offseason thus far, has been the effort the Jaguars players have been putting in. Oftentimes you hear a writer, a coach, or a general manager talking about teams being hungry. Those are the teams that really want to succeed. But rarely do you hear about the actual effort that a team makes. It is great to be hungry for a championship but, until you actually buckle down and work that hunger will never be satisfied.
Here it is a good thing that Mularkey has had past head coaching experience. He knows what it is like to have a hungry team and to have a team that is less motivated and puts less effort in. Here at Jacksonville he knows that “We got really great effort.” It isn’t exactly a comparison to his time in Buffalo, but it certainly is good to know that someone who has been around the block recognizes the effort that the Jaguars have been putting in.
Effort is easily overlooked, but with the Jags it has become a focus. General Manager Gene Smith has tried to place an emphasis on “high motor” guys. He drafts players that have a proven history of not giving up on plays and being competitive. Those types of players are the ones the Jaguars want and need.
According to Mike Mularkey, it seems like the Jags have got them.
– Luke N. Sims
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