Jaguars first-round pick Blaine Gabbert took advantage of the small window in which the Jaguars could talk to him after his selection by the team. Gabbert was able to meet with the Jacksonville coaches and he was handed a playbook which he's been studying.
"It's great to have it, and I've already gotten into it a lot," Gabbert said of his playbook.
Since there's not supposed to be any contact with coaches and players until the lockout is resolved, it's unclear how much Gabbert will learn from having the playbook if nobody is available to explain much of the information.
Morrison Wants Another Shot
The Jaguars weren't satisfied with the play of their linebacking corps a season ago and they plan to address the position in free agency.
"We'll be active in pro free agency," Jaguars general manager Gene Smith said when asked about how the team will improve the defense after selecting just two defensive players late in the draft. "That's always going to supplement what we do in the college draft and we feel very good about where we're at as a team right now."
It's unclear whether or not the team's plans will include linebacker Kirk Morrison who the team acquired via a trade a season ago. Morrison recorded 89 tackles in 2010 but didn't make any real impact plays as he didn't have a single sack, forced fumble or interception.
"I wouldn't call it a down year, but it's definitely an adjustment period for me," Morrison said. "Philosophy changed, the aggressiveness changed, a lot of things changed. I was playing in the same system for five years. This year in Jacksonville was tough for me.
"You come from Oakland, play a man scheme and never play cover-2 at all. And you get to Jacksonville and there's a lot of multiple coverages, never man. You kind of revert back to what you did. Reaction time is not where you want it to be."
Jaguars linebackers coach Mark Duffner said, "He got better as the year went on. I think he had a very typical orientation. ... He's a great pro. He's got desire, work ethic, attitude, competitiveness. All the traits that you want in a player. He has to get better. That's his goal."
Morrison has expressed his intentions to be back in teal in 2011.
"I definitely want to come back and be a part of this team, and there's a lot more football left in me," Morrison stated.
With inside linebackers such as Barrett Ruud and Kevin Burnett potentially available in free agency, Morrison's future with the team is uncertain.
Scout.com team experts were asked to submit a "post-draft power rankings" http://jac.scout.com/2/1072192.html going into the summer and it's safe to say the Jacksonville Jaguars are flying under the radar. The Jaguars came in at the 24th spot despite finishing with a .500 record.
For the record, this expert had the Jaguars ranked 23rd as they will likely have trouble winning games in 2011 with a rookie quarterback. The minor step back in 2011 will serve the Jaguars well going forward as it's necessary to get quarterback Blaine Gabbert on the football field as soon as possible to get the bumps and bruises out of the way.
Charlie Bernstein is the host of "The Sports Crunch" on the Aquarius 7 Broadcasting Network (national), and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie