The Jacksonville Jaguars are currently in win now mode. Expect Blake Bortles to make more handoffs this season as he tries to keep the ball safe.
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone has the enormous task of turning his team into a perennial winner. As a result, Marrone will install the schemes that will change both offense and defense. Expect the Jaguars to become run-first, pound the rock offense.
John Oehser of jaguars.com reports the following exchange after OTA 10.
"*Marrone, asked how many times a game quarterback Blake Bortles will ideally throw next season, said his answer was simple: “Zero.” He said he wasn’t joking about this, and he wasn’t smiling when he said it. “For me, I’d like to run the ball every play,” Marrone said. “I want to go back to the old way. I want to change the game.” Marrone added that he didn’t know a specific ideal number for Bortles’ passing attempts next season. …"
Expect The Jaguars to Run More Than Pass In 2017
First, Blake Bortles will thrive in the new offense. He will become more of a game manager than a gunslinger. His passing will not be the focus of the offensive scheme for the first time in his career. He will just make sure he securely hands the ball off.
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Next, Marrone is rebuilding the offensive line. Cam Robinson is the new left tackle and Brandon Linder is back to playing guard. Marrone is building his version of “the Hogs“. Oh yeah, Branden Albert is appearing at mini camp and will impact the left side of the line with his presence.
The Jaguars are beginning to turn the corner in their quest for the AFC South title. The free agent signings and latest draft picks are enough evidence to prove a desire to win and a willingness to adapt to do it.
Only time will tell how successful the Jaguars will be in 2017. Let’s hope the AFC South title resides in Jacksonville for the first time ever.