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Telvin Smith’s state of the Jaguars address isn’t rosy

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Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith said he was “heated,” and that had nothing to do with the steamy North Florida weather.

Instead, he’s a little hot about the lack of progress the Jaguars have shown through their spring practices, the Organized Team Activities failing to show the strides the team was supposed to make under disciplinarian coach Doug Marrone.

“I just think as a team, we should be further than we are,” Smith said, via Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. “As players, we have to do our part. It’s not the scheme. It’s us [saying], ‘What do we want? What is our mentality going to be?’ . . .

“Right now is when we’re making the [identity] of this team. It’s not when we go into training camp and we say, ‘OK, now we can turn it on.’ We’re going to decide the mentality of this team right now.”

That kind of unsolicited speech isn’t a sign of things going smoothly in Jacksonville, where expectations have been as normal a part of the spring as the team failing to meet them in the fall. But things were supposed to be different now, with Marrone on the sidelines and Tom Coughlin over the top of it all.

They’re missing several players right now, and are shuffling some others around (specifically with his linebackers as they move Myles Jack to the middle). But he’s not liking what he’s seeing, so he called the unit together after yesterday’s practice to tell them they’re falling behind.

“Just our mentality,” Smith said. “The mindset of this team. The things that we should be using to beat opponents are beating us. … I’ll just leave it right there.”

And when discussing the addition of defensive end Calais Campbell, he peeled back the onion even further.

“I always like to say it’s still a culture here that has to be broken before one can be created,” Smith said.

That speaks to issues that may not be able to be fixed quickly, as the Jaguars try to transition from a team with talented parts to an actual team.

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12 Responses to “Telvin Smith’s state of the Jaguars address isn’t rosy”
  1. bvolke says: May 31, 2017 7:08 AM

    As a Bills fan, I can promise things won’t get better under Marrone. Worst head coach we ever had.

  2. joemontanawasthegreatest says: May 31, 2017 7:49 AM

    Doug Marrone won’t change the culture….better pull Coughlin out of the owners box and stick him on the sidelines.

  3. joshuadx89 says: May 31, 2017 8:01 AM

    As a Bills fan, I thought Marrone was doing a great job. His approach is similar to our current head coach in terms of discipline. However, that all changed when he showed his true colors as a quitter. I cant imagine that will do great things for trying to convince a team to be mentally tough.

  4. hehateme2 says: May 31, 2017 8:03 AM

    After a year with Gase, no wonder Brandon Albert hasn’t shown up yet. Tough trade for him

  5. cjweber5187 says: May 31, 2017 8:23 AM


    Chan Gailey was worse by far

  6. zoxitic says: May 31, 2017 8:29 AM

    As a Bills fan, you should know that there wasnt a coach that produced a better win-loss season in the century than Doug Marrone.

  7. silvernblacksabbath says: May 31, 2017 8:47 AM

    Change those pathetic uniforms! It worked for Denver and Tampa Bay in 90’s…

  8. turingtst says: May 31, 2017 9:56 AM

    The Bills have two winning seasons in the 17 years.

    Both coaches responsible for those seasons literally quit the team. They weren’t fired. They quit.

  9. BDV says: May 31, 2017 10:02 AM

    To me this sounds like the first small steps of a leader emerging. Good for him.

  10. dadsource says: May 31, 2017 11:07 AM

    Telvin is sick of losing and is lighting fires. It’s his team now.

  11. jags2daship says: May 31, 2017 12:25 PM

    Hey bills fans don’t try to apply your stink to our team. Go watch some videos of your super bowl losses and stuff it.

  12. bvolke says: May 31, 2017 3:58 PM

    Versus the zero Super Bowls Jacksonville has appeared in? Or is it the 3 wins from all of last season that we might stink up? Give me a break. Those in glass houses…..

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