Jaguars Conclude a Successful Mini-Camp, Coach Feels Optimistic
The Jacksonville Jaguars have concluded their successful 3-day mini-camp, piloted for the first time by new head coach Mike Mularkey.
Absent from the event we Jaguar stars Maurice Jones-Drew, the NFL's top running back from last year, and kicker Josh Scobee who has been locked down with the franchise tag while a new contract is being negotiated. Jones-Drew has publicly expressed a desire to renegotiate his contract, though he still has 2 years remaining on the deal.
Mularkey ended the camp with an eye on building his new team to stand the test of time.
“We want to look like a team that would like to win a championship, and the way you do that is you do things right,” Mularkey said. “Whether it’s stretching, lining up your helmets right or doing jumping jacks together as a team, I tell them, ‘There are 11 guys in that row. Why have one helmet out of whack? You can’t have one out of sync any time when you have 11 guys together, so let’s just do it.’
When pressed on the team's current state, the coach was upbeat.
“We feel good about these guys,” he said. “We wanted to finish today on a good note so they can go away feeling good about themselves and like they did accomplish something, so when we get to training camp it’s not going to be taking a step back at any point.”
This season will be the first not only for Mularkey, but also new team owner Shad Khan.