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Jaguars want to accelerate Blake Bortles’ development

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 03: Blake Bortles #5 of the Jacksonville Jaguars walks off the field while playing against the Houston Texans in the second quarter on January 3, 2016 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Jaguars coaching staff is working the Senior Bowl, but their latest losing season wasn’t a total loss.

They saw some good steps forward from quarterback Blake Bortles in his second NFL season. Bortles threw for 4,428 yards and 35 touchdowns while forming a strong partnership with wide receivers Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson in Greg Olson’s first year as the team’s offensive coordinator. Olson says the goal this offseason is to get Bortles “functioning at a faster, clearer level” in 2016.

“You need to make sure [the offense] is tailored to fit the quarterback if you believe it’s your guy, if it’s not a turnstile,” Olson said, via the team’s website. “We don’t have a turnstile thing going on at quarterback right now. We’re comfortable with Blake Bortles. We’re going to accelerate his development.”

Olson said the team gave Bortles a list of four quarterbacks, who he didn’t identify, and said he should get in contact to find out about their offseason routines.

“We structure every hour of his day during the season seven days a week, but what about the offseason?” Olson said. “What are those guys doing in the offseason? We said, ‘Ask these guys if they could do it all over again when they were 23 and they were going into their third season? What advice would they give you as far as your preparation?’ That’s the key.”

Bortles threw 18 interceptions and Olson would like to see that number come down. He’d also like to see Bortles get sacked fewer than 51 times next season, although that’s not all going to fall on the quarterback’s shoulders as the team needs to upgrade on the offensive line. Given the strength at receiver, progress on those fronts would have Bortles set to make another big jump in Year Three.

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45 Responses to “Jaguars want to accelerate Blake Bortles’ development”
  1. drfeelyouup says: Jan 26, 2016 1:59 PM

    He’s already gangster. Geez

  2. megaroad1 says: Jan 26, 2016 2:00 PM

    The Jags seem to have such a good PR department. Year after year I read how well they’re run, what good coaching hires they do and how great their picks are. Yet year after year I look at their record and they still suck. And that’s in the AFC South too.

  3. tennesseeoilers says: Jan 26, 2016 2:01 PM

    Fascinating … considering he’s already the most prolific passer the team has ever had. He makes Mark Brunell (who was a stud) seem down right pedestrian.

    – Concerned Titans Fan

  4. mrtzl20 says: Jan 26, 2016 2:04 PM

    Along with most things in life, I agree with Dr. FeelYouUp on this topic: Bortles is pretty gangster.

  5. billswillnevermove says: Jan 26, 2016 2:06 PM

    He is going to be a good one, he just needs to cut down on the INT’s. I can actually admit I was wrong on this guy, going to be a very nice QB. Jags will be an up and coming team. Glad they kept their coach too, I like him.

    Bills Fan.

  6. floratiotime says: Jan 26, 2016 2:07 PM

    Said every team about every QB they’ve ever had.

  7. drakost says: Jan 26, 2016 2:08 PM

    With that offensive line the only thing thats going to develop quicker is his retirement date. You can be one of the greatest ever and without a good o-line your going to look like Ryan Leaf (see afccg).

  8. wallyspo says: Jan 26, 2016 2:09 PM

    Bottles will never be a superstar QB, but he will be a good QB, and has shown significant improvement since he started in the league. I think Olsen’s comments and expectations are completely reasonable and should be met or exceeded.

    Parity is catching up with the Jags, and this team is a few pieces away from being scary good for a while. Especially in that division where every other team plays like the hottest of hot garbage every other week. This team will make noise in the years to come believe me.

  9. jessethegreat says: Jan 26, 2016 2:11 PM

    I wonder who those 4 qb’s are?

    My guess

    Brady
    Rodgers
    Brees
    Ben/Eli/Palmer?

  10. justinhaugen says: Jan 26, 2016 2:12 PM

    I feel like everyone hit 4000 yards passing unsuspectingly. I had no idea Bortles and Winston were even in the ball park of 3500 yards let alone 4000. Impressive.

  11. jagsfanugh says: Jan 26, 2016 2:14 PM

    Cut down on pick 6’s and turnovers and this guy will be in ELITE company.

  12. vikinganswer says: Jan 26, 2016 2:21 PM

    Idiot coaches and owners are never satisfied. Gladly have his 35 tds on my team. Wouldn’t expect 55 every year.

  13. topgun1019 says: Jan 26, 2016 2:23 PM

    jessethegreat says:
    Jan 26, 2016 2:11 PM
    I wonder who those 4 qb’s are?

    My guess

    Brady
    Rodgers
    Brees
    Ben/Eli/Palmer?
    ____________________________

    It’s the Jags, so the list is probably:

    Ryan Leaf
    JeMarcus Russell
    Vince Young
    Josh Freeman
    Johnny Football

  14. pftfan says: Jan 26, 2016 2:23 PM

    There’s about 15 teams in the NFL that would like to have a 3rd year Bortles as their starting QB right now versus what they currently have going into 2016.

    Let him develop properly, I say. No need to force it.

  15. jcmeyer10 says: Jan 26, 2016 2:26 PM

    Wow, never would have guessed they want their top pick to play better sooner!

  16. tvguy22 says: Jan 26, 2016 2:26 PM

    Jamarcus Russell
    Ryan Leaf
    Art Schlichter
    Akili Smith

  17. dubblelznhell says: Jan 26, 2016 2:27 PM

    4000 yards these days is NOT impressive…

    However, his 35 TD’s are impressive indeed….

  18. seabassfan says: Jan 26, 2016 2:30 PM

    Did any of those guys have a 3rd year?

  19. purpleguy says: Jan 26, 2016 2:40 PM

    When he came out of the draft, the pundits said that, of the first rounders, he needed the most time to develop. Based on that, I’d say he’s doing just fine.

  20. dietrich43 says: Jan 26, 2016 2:41 PM

    Before we put Bortles in the Hall of Fame, let’s see another good season from him. He wouldn’t be the first to have a great season and then regress.

  21. logast says: Jan 26, 2016 2:43 PM

    Look at the last two years that Bortles has had. Pretty decent development I would say. Shouldn’t be too hard to maintain what he did this year, with that receiving crew.

  22. slvrnblk72 says: Jan 26, 2016 2:43 PM

    dubblelznhell says:
    Jan 26, 2016 2:27 PM
    4000 yards these days is NOT impressive…

    However, his 35 TD’s are impressive indeed….

    how many yards did you throw for this past season?

  23. bryonneufeld says: Jan 26, 2016 2:53 PM

    megaroad1 says:
    Jan 26, 2016 2:00 PM
    The Jags seem to have such a good PR department. Year after year I read how well they’re run, what good coaching hires they do and how great their picks are. Yet year after year I look at their record and they still suck. And that’s in the AFC South too.

    =======================================

    It seems like Jeff Fisher and to some extent John Fox get that same treatment.

  24. megabeast37215 says: Jan 26, 2016 2:55 PM

    He needs to see the field better and learn to adjust his protections better. He’s pretty good post-snap.. it’s the pre-snap stuff that he needs development in. Contrary to popular belief.. his receivers aren’t THAT amazing. He throws a lot of 50/50 balls and they make plays for him. It’d be nice if they got open more consistently.

    -A Jags Season Ticket Holder

  25. therealraider says: Jan 26, 2016 2:58 PM

    It’s a travesty that Teddy Bridgewater and his pathetic 14 TDs are in the Pro Bowl and Blake Bortles with his 35 aren’t.

  26. daytontriangles says: Jan 26, 2016 3:13 PM

    Accelerate Blake Bortles’ development you say?

    Talk to Ashley Manning. She’ll hook him up.

  27. steelerben says: Jan 26, 2016 3:16 PM

    Bortles taking another step forward in his development would help the Jaguars become relevant faster, even though they still need a few key pieces.

    I would think that his coaching staff encourage him to talk to guys like Peyton Manning, who can’t get enough talking about football and is famously well prepared, Trent Dilfer, who never won with talent but instead his football IQ, Drew Brees, who has been surprisingly durable over his career, and possibly Mark Brunnell, who was a Jaguar legend and who’s career lasted FAR longer than anyone would have guessed.

    I didn’t include Tom Brady because he isn’t too interested in mentoring young quarterbacks. Just ask RG3.

  28. jacunn2000 says: Jan 26, 2016 3:17 PM

    Bill OBrian also would like to accelerate any other QB in the worlds advancement other than the current scrubs on the Texans.

  29. Rdog says: Jan 26, 2016 3:18 PM

    Steroids

  30. Docsavag says: Jan 26, 2016 3:32 PM

    therealraider says:
    Jan 26, 2016 2:58 PM
    It’s a travesty that Teddy Bridgewater and his pathetic 14 TDs are in the Pro Bowl and Blake Bortles with his 35 aren’t.
    ============================

    Blake wasn’t eligible for the Pro Bowl because he had an injury in the last game. (Broken finger)

  31. bluenose1965 says: Jan 26, 2016 3:37 PM

    He looks like a pro-typical NFL QB, but when I see him play, I’m just not that impressed. he was something like 25th in the league in QBR for what that’s worth.

    Seems to put up numbers against lesser defenses and in games that are already lost. I suppose the O-line could be to blame for some of Jags issues, but with Bortles, i’m just not seeing it.

  32. mogogo1 says: Jan 26, 2016 3:41 PM

    “It’s a travesty that Teddy Bridgewater and his pathetic 14 TDs are in the Pro Bowl and Blake Bortles with his 35 aren’t.”
    ____________

    Bridgewater’s inclusion is questionable to say the least but being the Vikings are in the NFC and the Jags are in the AFC Bortles was never going to take his slot.

  33. collectordude says: Jan 26, 2016 3:49 PM

    Get a good OL in front of him if you want him to get better.

  34. packfanaj12 says: Jan 26, 2016 4:01 PM

    Oh really!? accelerate development? Wonder why no other teams have thought of doing this.

  35. jvillenole says: Jan 26, 2016 4:05 PM

    @mogogo1

    There is no NFC and AFC in the Pro Bowl anymore….Allen Robinson (AFC) Replaced Calvin Johnson (NFC). It is one pool of players, and teams are “picked.”

  36. kfoyo808 says: Jan 26, 2016 4:47 PM

    A defense worth a steaming crap. An o line. And a consistent run game. In that order. If the D can get the ball back and not give up 28 a game, they’ll be in good shape alone. Buff the O line…and all good.

    Gus the Wonder Dog doesn’t exactly strike me as a HEAD COACH. A good football coach, yes. But a HEAD COACH is something entirely different. A LEADER. Hire frigging Coughlin back.

  37. maddenisfordorks says: Jan 26, 2016 5:12 PM

    Coughlin was fired from the Jags for breaking the salary cap and running the damn roster into the dirt. Then having several crappy seasons in a row after never getting the jags to the Super Bowl.

    How is he better than any other HC? What if the NYG had Blaine Gabbert as QB and they never won a playoff game? Would Coughlin be a great coach then?

  38. dalvar1001 says: Jan 26, 2016 5:44 PM

    Give him a offensive line give him a running game give him some targets and a decent OC

  39. razzlejag says: Jan 26, 2016 5:45 PM

    A whole thread where nobody mentioned “dumpster fire”, “London” or the “tarps”. Maybe we have turned a corner.

  40. thedingo8 says: Jan 26, 2016 6:05 PM

    he would like to see the 18 intercepts come down>>>doh.. give that man a raise

  41. joshgordonsbong says: Jan 26, 2016 7:30 PM

    4,428 yards and 35 touchdowns…… how was olson not condisered for a HC job…..also not many 2nd year QBs pull those numbers even in todays pass happy league…

    -Giants Fan

  42. goattoday says: Jan 26, 2016 7:45 PM

    Hoyer
    Yates
    Weeden
    Mallett

    Surely this made you laugh! :o)

  43. absodefinitely says: Jan 26, 2016 8:28 PM

    therealraider says:
    Jan 26, 2016 2:58 PM

    It’s a travesty that Teddy Bridgewater and his pathetic 14 TDs are in the Pro Bowl and Blake Bortles with his 35 aren’t.
    =====================================
    Let me help you out, the Pro Bowl is a joke. The game itself is a travesty, they really made it a joke when they decided to get rid of conference teams and have that idiotic “draft”. I’m a Vikings fan and don’t understand the logic behind TB being selected.

  44. elvos123 says: Jan 26, 2016 9:15 PM

    While I don’t think of teddy as a pro-bowl caliber qb. He did lead the league in completion % and he doesn’t throw as much as most qbs. He does have Adrian wanting his touches , so I don’t see him throwing 40 tds any time soon

  45. wackyjag says: Jan 26, 2016 10:13 PM

    “It’s a travesty that Teddy Bridgewater and his pathetic 14 TDs are in the Pro Bowl and Blake Bortles with his 35 aren’t”……
    ——————————-
    This easy, Bortles has a broken thumb and had a minor surgery after the season and is still recovering. This is why he isn’t in the pro bowl…

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