Jaguars QB Nick Foles pleased with progress of the offense
By David Levin
After 10 OTA practice sessions and a three-day minicamp under wraps, the Jacksonville Jaguars offense is progressing. Quarterback Nick Foles likes the direction the team is headed.
It’s not hard to understand why members of the Jacksonville Jaguars offense are happy with the way the offense has progressed so far with OTAs and minicamp now under wraps. For the past month, the roster, under the guidance of offensive coordinator John DeFilippo and his coaching staff have worked to come up with a blueprint that will lead to more production while using the tools given to them to produce a winner on the field.
Quarterback Nick Foles met with the media on Wednesday after practice, preaching the gospel of progress and how things are better from the first day he stepped on the practice field adjacent to TIAA Bank Field.
"“We just had our second-to-last practice. We will have one more tomorrow. It will be more of a red zone emphasis. We are putting so much in. You have a lot of young guys. A lot of guys’ heads can start spinning because it is a lot. Once again, they have been executing great,” he said."
The newness hasn’t worn off just yet as there is still work to be done. This is just part of the formula. Now that the team has five weeks off before players return for the start of training camp, the goal is to come back and repeat the progress shown and move forward.
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"“We will just keep compounding. It will be nice to start over, go through the installs again, rep the plays again and keep going and building that information,” Foles added."
With the potential of five new starters on offense, including Foles, there is a steady flow of excitement that emanates from inside the building. Anything has to be better than the 15-point outburst the Jaguars averaged last season. With DeFilippo trying to integrate a passing game that will move the ball downfield – a fatal flaw in last’s year’s gameplan – and a running game that once again features Leonard Fournette, progress might be the mantra of this organization leading up to the regular season.
This isn’t just about the growth of the offense in the last month. Foles has shown progress as well, becoming familiar with his new teammates, the coaching staff and the organization. After a storybook stop in Philadelphia, the franchise, the fan base and the players in the locker room are hoping that No. 7 will do something that has not been done here – yet. Bring this team to a Super Bowl title.
There is pressure on Foles and the front office to make this work. DeFilippo may have been the right guy at the right time to change the course of the team’s direction on offense.
"“I feel great. I feel really comfortable. The big thing is just all of us getting on the same page and obviously working with the o-line and protections and run looks and working with all the receivers,” Foles explained. “Obviously, the protection looks, they are involved in and the route concepts and the run game and then the running backs. The big part is just all of us talking and continuing to communicate so we are on the same page.”"
What we do know is DeFilippo is excited about the wide receivers in the room and on the Jaguars practice field. He likes their diverse abilities, which should aid the offense. He will use the running backs in the passing game and the tight ends will be asked to do many things in key situations.
One thing we all know is Leonard Fournette will also be asked to become the feature of this offense once again. It’s part of what Foles is familiar with and things he is adjusting to as is his teammates.
"“I would say offensively as a whole, it’s probably 50 or 60 percent the same, 50 percent maybe. There is a lot of new. I always love a lot of new because you get to talk about different concepts. Coaches are from different backgrounds and then you get to talk about the reason why this play is successful and what I’m looking for,” he said.“That allows my football knowledge to grow and then my ability to teach the guys to grow even greater. The coaches are doing a great job of installing these plays and teaching us.”"