Jaguars open offseason program amid more change

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 2, 2013 at 7:54 pm •  Published: April 2, 2013
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Maurice Jones-Drew had four empty stalls to his right and two to his left.

And dozens more scattered across the locker room.

It was a clear sign of all the changes surrounding the Jacksonville Jaguars. The team opened its offseason conditioning program Tuesday with another new coaching staff, a new general manager and without several key starters from recent years.

"If you don't win, there's going to be changes regardless," Jones-Drew said. "You never really go in thinking you're going to have 57 guys on the roster. You wouldn't think that with the caliber of guys that were here, but there's a different vision.

"A lot of people think it's just fun and games around here. We have a job to do, and if you don't do it, they're going to find someone else to do it. It's just the reality of the NFL."

First-time head coach Gus Bradley, the energetic former defensive coordinator with Seattle, opened the day with a 45-minute team meeting.

It was a wide-ranging introduction that included stories about his background, his vision for the team and mentions of Mozart, Michelangelo and Beethoven.

"Oh yeah, we were hitting them all," said Bradley, whose message invigorated players. "Our plan is going to be really simple. Michelangelo, he used three primary colors and look at what he did. Beethoven used seven notes and look at what he did. It was more along those lines. We don't have to be over complicated in our house.

"Maybe to the offense, maybe to the defense that's watching us on film it appears that way, but we're going to teach and really understand with simple concepts."

The simplest concept is that the Jaguars are rebuilding.

Owner Shad Khan cleaned house after the worst season (2-14) in franchise history. He fired general manager Gene Smith, the architect of the roster the past four seasons, and coach Mike Mularkey after a one-year stint.

Khan hired former Indianapolis and Atlanta assistant Dave Caldwell as general manager and then added Bradley to the mix. Together, they're reshaping a team that has missed the playoffs 11 of the past 13 years.

"The season we had a year ago brings about this kind of change, so we're sort of lying in the bed we've made for ourselves," linebacker Russell Allen said. "But it's all for the good."

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