Jaguars Notes and Quotes

It's been a fairly slow offseason for Jaguars news due mainly to the lockout. Here's a compilation explaining the team's immediate security in Jacksonville, how Blaine Gabbert is coming along and what the team may do about strengthening their linebacker situation.

Weaver Does His Yearly Denial

--Owner Wayne Weaver said rumors his team could move to Los Angeles aren't true.

Weaver told the Florida Times-Union, "I have no interest. I have been consistent in saying I am committed to Jacksonville and have no interest (in moving)."

While acknowledging the difficult task of being successful, Weaver said, "We have to work hard and be more creative because we're in a small market in a difficult economy with high unemployment rates and a housing crisis that is more difficult than in other cities."

Gabbert Knows the Plays

--Gabbert, selected 10th overall by the team this year, acknowledged he was able to receive a playbook from the team after being drafted.

Said Gabbert, "It's great to have it, and I've already gotten into it a lot."

Morrison Could Return to Jags

--Linebacker Kirk Morrison hopes he's back with the team this season. Morrison was traded to the Jaguars buy the Raiders on the day of the 2010 draft, and he admitted there was an adjustment period.

"I wouldn't call it a down year, but it's definitely an adjustment period for me," he 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 will be a free agent when the lockout ends, but he is hopeful of being re-signed.

"I definitely want to come back and be a part of this team, and there's a lot more football left in me," he said.

General manager Gene Smith said Morrison was told to continue communicating with the team when free agency opens.

Said Smith, "What happens with this unique year we're in is there's a short window to go somewhere else and learn a new system and get evaluated and have a chance to compete and make a roster. To him, it might be in his best interest to stay here."

Rookie Defenders Don't Help Immediately

--The Jaguars didn't fill their holes on defense as they were only able to find two defensive players in the draft because general manager Gene Smith follows the best available athlete strategy and wouldn't reach for a defensive player to fill a need.

But Smith said that when the lockout ends, the Jaguars will be players in free agency and hope to find two to four defensive players.

"We will be a better team than last year on defense," he said.

Del Rio Gets No Help

--For a coach on a hot seat like Jack Del Rio, this draft didn't give him a lot of immediate help. But he said he has no problem with the team looking for long-term help rather than make short-term decisions.

"I think Mr. Weaver (owner Wayne Weaver) pays me to make decisions that are in the best interests of this football team and not always best for me as a person and individually as a coach. In the end the things that we're doing right now are very sound and they're the right things to do. I support it 100 per cent," he said.

He added, "I ask our players all the time to be unselfish and to do what's best for the team. That's what I'm doing myself. I'm not going to ask them to do something I wouldn't do myself. We're going to sacrifice where we need to."

He added, "This is the right thing to do. I'm not looking for the easiest way or the safest way. I'm looking to help this football team contend for world championships. That's what I am about. That's what motivates me. I'm not motivated by the fear of hanging on to this job."

No Free Ride for Shorts

--One of the perks of playing college football is a free education.

But that wasn't a perk for Cecil Shorts III, a wide receiver who played at Mount Union, a Division III school that doesn't give out scholarships.

He said the tuition was $27,000 when he started and $32,000 when he finished so he has a lot of student loans to pay off although he got some help from his parents.

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