Nick Foles and the Jaguars offense must come together quickly in 2019
By David Levin
The Jacksonville Jaguars offense, with new quarterback Nick Foles leading the way, must become a cohesive group quickly to find early success.
The Jacksonville Jaguars must find a formula on offense that not only works, but it must come together rather quickly if the team is going to find success early in the NFL season.
What fans and the coaching staff does not want to see is a lack of organization or rhythm, two things that plagued the team last year.
New quarterback, new expectations. The slate is wiped clean. Fans expect there to be more scoring, the coaching staff and front office expect more continuity. If John DiFilippo is going to change the mis fortunes of the Jaguars passing game and woeful rushing attack from a year ago, he had better hope the players in the locker room come together quickly to find a solution to the problems of last season.
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It all begins with building relationships. Nick Foles talked about it in his opening statement of his press conference a week ago.
"“The thing that I’m most excited about honestly is just getting to know my teammates. Being in the locker room, getting to know their personalities. That is why I play this game, to step in the huddle and play with the guys that I love, brothers,” Foles explained.“Those are the guys that I lean on. That’s what makes a great team, that’s what makes a great organization – that brotherhood. Honestly, that starts with getting to know one another.”"
That means Foles needs to find a repore with Dede Westbrook, DJ Chark, Marqise Lee and Keelan Cole on the quick. He must take what he and Chris Conley have in the way of a friendship and build on it. He must make sure running back Leonard Fournette knows he is there to bring home a division title in 2019.
With that also comes the trust in an offensive line that was injured all season. The quarterbacks from last season were sacked 53 times and dropped more times than they could count. There were times when quarterbacks ran for their lives because of the breakdown in coverage and blocking up front.
So now comes the hard part of waiting until April and May, coming to minicamp and acclimated with the players in the locker room. The move to bring in stability and more consistency at the quarterback position was welcomed by practically everyone one within the organization. The fun part has already taken place.
"“That all starts in April when we get together, and it will carry on into training camp and then to the season. I’m really blessed to be able to play this game,” Foles added."
Work and development of this offense is the next step.
Can Jacksonville find a way to recreate an offense like 2017 that utilizes the passing game as a secondary option to the run game? Will Fournette become a more effective runner because team defenses are aware of Foles and his ability to torch them downfield.
There is only one way to find out. Foles has already taken the first step toward galvanizing the offense. The rest remains to be seen.