The Jaguars are heading into Year Four under coach Gus Bradley and Bradley feels the team has found the player they need at one key spot as they try to move their record to the right side of .500 for the first time in his tenure.
Bradley said during a visit to PFT Live in Indianapolis that quarterback Blake Bortles has “really grown” in his first two NFL seasons and that the team knows they have “the right guy” to build their offense around as a result. Bortles threw for 4,428 yards and 35 touchdowns in 2015, numbers that Bradley would like to see more of in the future.
He’d like to see fewer interceptions than the 18 Bortles threw, although he says the team needs to work on cutting those down without bringing the fear of making mistakes into Bortles’ game.
“He plays with no fear, so we don’t want to bring that into his game,” Bradley said. “I think it’s just going to come with another year into our system, the receivers getting a better idea for how he operates and then they just continue to grow in our system.”
On top of those things, more balance on offense should help lead to fewer interceptions. The Jags ended the year with 607 pass attempts and 51 sacks of Bortles against 354 rushing attempts, which were the second-fewest in the league.
It’s not just a matter of handing the ball off more often, of course. A better defense will keep scores closer and make running a more appealing offensive option while better blocking would help open up holes on the ground as well as keep Bortles from making throws under pressure that can lead to interceptions. Both areas are expected to get a lot of focus from the Jags this offseason.