Jaguars to use third installation of offense early in training camp
By David Levin
The Jaguars are moving forward with their new offensive game plan early in training camp.
Jaguars had Coach Doug Marrone told the media on Thursday the team is going into its third installment of the offense and will go heavy with that installment early in training camp. What that means is quarterback Nick Foles and his teammates will continue to learn how the new system will make this a better football team.
"“We got heavy installation early on in camp, and we’re looking for the players to retain it and go,” Marrone said. “Obviously, this is the third time we’re hitting the installation, this is the third time around for us, so obviously we should see some better retention and some better results. We’re just going to go on that field and take each day and try to take advantage of it and try to do a good job and get ourselves ready for the season.”"
When asked about the change’s the team has made since the end of minicamp on Thursday, Foles said it’s important to take notes on everything he and his teammates are being taught so they can implement it to their advantage.
"“The big thing is you’re always wanting to take notes when an install is going on like it’s the first install. The same notes you maybe took before you take them again because it’s a new piece of paper,” he explained. “You just want to keep those in your brain and then that way we can continue to talk about it and then we come out here and rep it. And you can tell that the guys felt really comfortable.”"
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That comfort level is key given the state of the offense before Foles and other key free agents arrived in town. After last season, where Jacksonville average 15.3 points per contest, getting the intricacies of a new scheme down is critical if this roster once you finish with more than five wins this coming season.
"“We did a great job as a team competing together today and to me, this was a winning practice. We just have to build these up every single day,” Foles added. “We have a long journey ahead of us, we’re really staying in the moment, staying present and focusing on what we have to do right now.”"
If there’s anything that leads me to think that Foles has an advantage coming into the season, it’s the time he spent was offensive coordinator John DeFilippo in Philadelphia and the time he spent with Chris Conley in Kansas City. Both situations offer familiarity which is key to continuity.
The Jaguars put the installation to the test early in practice when Conley caught a long touchdown pass in the opening stages of practice. This team wants to change the look of their offense, but the running game is still the focal point. It’s the passing game is what could help this team get back to becoming a top-six offense as it was in 2017.
The Jaguars will use the running backs more in passing situations, and the tight end will become a key component of DeFilippo’s game plan.
The offense began to find solid ground during OTAs minicamp. There is still a foundation being built. Foles and the other quarterbacks in camp are developing chemistry with their receivers. The offensive line is learning the blocking schemes set by new coach George Warhop. And receivers coach Keenan McCardell has his hands full with a room full of receivers looking to make an impact.
Foles said communication and chemistry remain key to finding the team’s success.
"“Right now after practic,e we were able to talk about different things because we’ve played together through the spring, so we understand each other a little bit more. So, we’re able to talk about the ins and the outs of maybe route running, what I’m thinking, talking to the DBs, what they see,” Foles said.“I’m not just talking to the offensive guys, I want to see what the defense sees, I want to see what they’re thinking based on our splits, what they’re seeing based on my footwor, because I feel like we can make each other better as a team. We have a lot of talented players here, so we just have to keep giving each other knowledge.”"