No More Club Med

Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio has eluded to the fact that his football team is taking a different approach to their work this season. The team may only be two years removed from the nightmarish 2008 season in which preseason Super Bowl aspirations dissolved to a 5-11 last-place finish, but in terms of personnel and attitudes it may have been two decades ago.

Throughout this spring, Jack Del Rio has used the term "the Jaguar way" and talked about the positive attitudes in the locker room which will ultimately lead to success on Sundays this fall. We don't know if the renewed work ethic of Del Rio's team will equate into wins, but we do know that their former approach wasn't working and the Jaguars head coach is running low on opportunities to present a winner.

"I feel like we really had a tremendous offseason," Del Rio said. "I think the work ethic and the dedication that we've seen throughout, all of the work this spring has been on point and exactly what the doctor ordered."

The Jaguars team was manhandled at the line of scrimmage far too many times last season and at times their tackling was atrocious enough to cause Del Rio to use the term, "embarrassment."

"Our tackling was not as good as it needed to be, so we allowed a lot of yards after contact and a lot of yards after the catch, so all things add up," Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker said of the team's non-physical play a year ago.

The Jaguars plan on remedying that situation by getting a lot more physical this year in camp.

"We focused a lot on tackling, even though we haven't had the pads on, just getting into position, taking the proper angles and leveraging the football and working to finish," Tucker explained.

Perhaps the Jaguars were a little too enthusiastic with their offseason training regimen as they were cited by the NFLPA and have been made to forfeit their final two OTA practices.

"Unfortunately it's been decided by the (NFL) PA and the Management Council that we were somehow going beyond the limits that they've established for us, and while I don't necessarily agree with that assessment of what we've been doing we are going to respect that decision and therefore everything will be cancelled next week; no OTA's and no workouts," Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio stated.

Here's the statement made by the NFLPA--

The NFL Management Council and the NFL Players Association have resolved a complaint by the Players Association against the Jacksonville Jaguars concerning violations of the Collective Bargaining Agreement's off-season workout rules.

It was determined that the Jaguars violated the rules concerning the intensity and tempo of drills conducted on the Club's organized team activity days ("OTA days").

As a result, the Jaguars will forfeit the next week of their off-season program (June 21-25, 2010). June 21 and 22 had previously been designated as OTA days. Jaguars' players are not permitted to be at the facility on those days, but will be paid for the sessions. The Club cannot reschedule the cancelled week or the cancelled OTA days.


"I've never seen anything like this," Del Rio said as he maintains his teams innocence. "It's a little different. Football in 2010 is a little different than it was in '85 through '96."

Whether you believe what the Jaguars did was fair or foul, their final two OTA practices are now history. Jack Del Rio shrugged off the penalty.

"We hadn't scheduled any more installation, we got it all in," Del Rio said. "Next week was going to be a little bit of review."

The Jaguars are taking a more proactive approach to the 2010 season and they are making a statement that the coaching staff is all in and and the team needs to be as well.


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