Jaguars look to establish identity

Posted Feb. 04, 2010 @ 3:33 p.m.
Posted By Arthur Arkush

Following his season-ending review, owner Wayne Weaver instructed GM Gene Smith and head coach Jack Del Rio to establish a true identity for the football team this offseason. A lack of identity on both sides of the football plagued the Jaguars in 2009. On defense, a switch to a 3-4 scheme failed early in the season, prompting Del Rio to go back to a 4-3, despite little improvement. Offensively, coordinator Dirk Koetter never made clear what the strength of the unit was. Smith has decided that the Jaguars will incorporate a 4-3 base defense in 2010 that emphasizes more penetration, attacking off the edge and tighter coverage with more of a one-gap philosophy. On offense, the Jaguars, who had a 7-1 record in ’09 when they rushed the ball 30 or more times, will make Maurice Jones-Drew and the running game the focal point, with "with expanded passing-game objectives." Smith indicated the team feels good about its offensive weapons, but will look to upgrade the "D," particularly up front.


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