Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone made it clear in his press conference prior to the start of training camp, this is a team that wants to do better than it did last season.
The 2017 Jacksonville Jaguars won the AFC South, made the playoffs and near won the right to go to Minnesota and Super Bowl 52. A new season starts with new expectations for the players and the organization. Doug Marrone knows what has to be done for this organization to continue along the same path.
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"“Really, my expectation is to make sure that we go out and compete, compete, compete, win everything that we do and try to find the best 53 on this team,” Marrone explained when talking to the media on Wednesday. “I think once the team is formed and the team is made, then I think you start looking towards getting ready for what you are going to do during the season. Even though some guys may think that they are here, I like working from a position of being comfortable being uncomfortable, meaning that I want to be uncomfortable.”"
The Jaguars will continue a rigorous training camp, much like last season. For the veterans who were here under the Gus Bradley regime, the preparation was different. There was more aggression, more demand for physicality. The results paid off with a winning record, the first one in 10 seasons.
Now, the team that snuck up on everyone last season is a team expected to take another step forward. There were plenty of changes in the offseason. This might be a more talented group of players. Regardless of new faces on the current 90-man roster, the goal is the same for everyone – to get ready for the regular season.
"“I’m always trying to get better. It is very simple for me. Winning and losing – all of those battles – I think any time you lose, you feel disappointed. Any time you win, you are looking to say to yourself, ‘Okay, what could I have done better? How do I move forward?’ I think it is just human nature,” Marrone explained."
Yesterday was more about preparing to prepare. Now, with the team set to begin the process of working out in the hot Florida sun and working with position coaches, the “real” season starts now.
The team starts out with Dante Fowler, Jr on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list. Jalen Ramsey will not attend the first few days of camp because of the birth of his first child. For the rest of the players, they will continue the progression of what was started during OTAs and minicamp. Marrone wants this team to worry about making sure they can execute the plays designed to win this season.
“My job is to make sure they get focused on the day at hand and win the day,” He said.