Following the Jaguars 6th OTA Doug Marrone spoke with the media. He was quite chipper, but despite his upbeat attitude his message stayed the same. Marrone was quick with the jokes on Friday afternoon, but he meant business.
Regarding mental errors the HC had this to say:
Mental errors, we're looking at that . . . we're okay, we can always do better in it. I don't think we're gosh awful in it. It's something we're addressing and getting better at, but to say hey it's great we're ready to go - I don't know that until we've got pads on.
He was also asked about Telvin Smith's harsh criticism of the defense earlier in the week:
As a player, and I talked to Telvin about this, obviously he's someone that has leadership qualities on the defense, you gotta be careful when you're talking about that. You need to address the players, the players that he's with first. You don't want to try to send messages through the media if that's what he was doing, which I don't think he was. I think he was trying to show some leadership ability. Again, I think there's better ways to do that . . . It's good to see that there is some accountability they're trying to hold each other accountable.
Marrone clearly wasn't happy with Telvin's decision to take his gripe with his defensive teammates public, but Marrone acknowledged that he believes Telvin did so with good intentions. Overall this will likely be a non issue moving forward.
The offense wasn't quite in sync on Friday and Marrone was asked about the offense having some drops during the practice session. He was specifically asked how we was addressing the drops (great question, Mike Kaye):
A lot of guys do things differently. Sometimes you do push ups, sometimes we'll do just a little bit of running just to make a point of awareness. Overall, we haven't had any real issues with that so I'll take a good look at today and see where we are as far as the drops go. But we really haven't had as many
Clearly Marrone doesn't seem to worried about the offense so far, but he did say they needed to improve (is he ever not going to say that?).
He also shared his feelings on OTAs and his disdain for them.
At this point in the offseason most of this means nothing. The biggest takeaways from the first two weeks of OTAs are the accountability that players are showing and asking of each other. It has a different feel to it. Also make sure to remember that the offensive line seems to be being shuffled and the team's projected starting left tackle hasn't even shown up yet. Bortles looks good with his footwork and mechanics, but the bullets aren't live yet. There is a different culture being built every new day at EverBank Field. For the Jaguars sake, hopefully this time it's the right one.
Stay tuned for more!