Jaguars OTAs: Trevor Lawrence coming along nicely and other takeaways
Any time an NFL team hires a new head coach, he will try to do things his way and often get rid of most of the things from the previous regime. The Jacksonville Jaguars are no different and have empowered Urban Meyer to make all the changes he deems necessary to right the ship. Keep in mind that the team has had only one winning season over the last ten years and the former Florida head coach is doing all he can to ensure things improve in Duval as soon as possible.
One of the biggest changes the Jags have undergone with Meyer at the helm is the emphasis on sports performance. On the same day that Jaguars owner Shahid Kahn unveiled the plan to build a new training facility among other things, Meyer talked about giving anything his players everything they need in order to put them in a position to succeed.
Meyer talked to the local media after the sixth day of organized team activities and discussed many topics. He says that when he first arrived in Jacksonville, he saw a team that didn’t look very good. He believes his team must be big, strong, powerful, and fast. The former Ohio State head coach said you have to give players all the amenities they need to make sure that happens and explained that is why the organization hired four strength coaches. He highlighted the fact they aren’t a ‘bunch of trainers’ but rather professionals, ‘I consider them experts’.
Later in the sit-down, Meyer said that he’s trying to make sure players have the very best, as he believes a professional or college player shouldn’t go somewhere else to pay for proper training.
"If a player decides to go somewhere else to get better, then I’m going to try to hire that person… I don’t want to have a player tell me he can better training in Phoenix, that shouldn’t happen. That should happen right here."
Here are a few more observations about the sixth OTA session.