Continuity Is the Key Word at OTA's
Montell Owens (Getty Images)

Posted Jun 4, 2012


OTA's are little more than a formality with most teams as veterans are going through the motions and rookies are learning how to be pros. Since the Jags have a new head coach and new personnel, it's infinitely more important that everyone gets on the same page.

It's typical whenever there is a coaching change in the NFL. The first time a team gets together for some practices, everyone talks about the difference that now exists on the field than before.

Such is the case with the Jaguars. Into their second week of OTAs, players are talking about a new atmosphere that permeates throughout the team's practices.

"We are progressing pretty fast," cornerback Derek Cox said. "There's a higher tempo and we have a lot of intensity during practice so I would say things are going well."

Running back Montell Owens leaves little doubt his feelings about the difference in last year's coaching staff to this year's group of coaches.

"Continuity. Continuity. Those are things that you can't really coach and you can't really team," Owens said. "It's something natural. It's something organic. This year with what we have, there's a big change in that area. Continuity."

--It took less than a week of Jaguars organized team activities for quarterback Blaine Gabbert to see the benefits of being coached this season compared to no coaching last year. Teams were not allowed to work with coaching staffs a year ago at this time when the players union and owners were locked in talks over a new CBA.

For a rookie quarterback like Gabbert, it was a big loss.

"It's huge. Having these OTAs, the coaching sessions that we've had for the last month, the veteran minicamp we had early on, it helps everybody," Gabbert said. "This being my first offseason, I already notice a big difference. You're just getting a leg up. Rather than learning the offense in training camp, you can learn it now and kind of process and diagnose things and take that whole month of July and really get things down and hit the ground running in August."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "They cannot be on the field. That's just the way it is. When you hear three short blasts that means get off the field. There's no discussion." -- Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey talking about the strict CBA language that limits OTA practices to no more than two hours a day.


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