The Jaguars have had a fun offseason so far. There's been a TON of turnover on the roster and in the front office and coaching staff.
One of the biggest changes made was establishing Tom Coughlin as the EVP of Football Operation, a newly created position. Coughlin now oversees everything that happens on the football side of things.
He's had his fun in free agency and the draft, but now it's time for football. The Jaguars have had 8 OTAs as of today and Tom Coughlin had some interesting words to say about his team when he spoke to Rich Eisen on The Rich Eisen Show.
He had this to say about starting QB Blake Bortles:
He's a talented young man, had some flaws in his throwing motion that he did a nice job of working on in the offseason and pretty much correcting. So we've seen some good things there.
Quite the endorsement by Tom Coughlin in his young QB.
One of two things is obvious - Tom Coughlin is impressed with Bortles development through out the offseason OR Tom Coughlin wants to convince himself and everyone else that Bortles is on the right track.
Based on the disappointment of Telvin Smith with how the defense has been playing in OTAs and Malik Jackson's recent comments it seems Bortles might actually be playing well. But, to be fair, he looked really solid at this point last year too.
Sure, he's worked on and corrected more elements of his mechanics than he did in 2016, and he's been focused on correcting his timing and footwork, but there's no doubt that most were confident with where he was at this point last year. The point being Blake needs to carry his momentum into minicamp, training camp, the preseason, and the into the regular season in order for the questions to go away. In order to convince Jaguars fans and the world that the new and improved Blake Bortles is here to stay then questions will persist and with good reason - Bortles is coming off a season in which he completed less than 60% of his passes and turned the ball over in excess of 20 times.
Everything looks good now, but let's hold judgement.
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