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Brandon Linder: 'Everything's real cut and dry'


JACKSONVILLE – There's little room for interpretation Jaguars these days.

The messages are clear, and the focus is singular – and Brandon Linder on Tuesday said he sees those changes as positives for the Jaguars as the 2017 offseason program begins.

"Everything's just real cut and dry," Linder said.

Linder, a four-year veteran and the Jaguars' starting center, joined O-Zone Live on Facebook Tuesday, discussing with senior writer John Oehser topics including his first season at center, and the transition of former assistant head coach-offensive/offensive line coach Doug Marrone into the head-coaching role.

Marrone's transition has been part of an organizational change that also included former head coach Tom Coughlin joining the franchise as executive vice president of football operations.

"There's no gray area," Linder said. "That's nice. As a player, that's what you want: 'Coach me. I'm here to be coached.' There's no looking around trying to figure out what I need to do. It's, 'You've got to do these things to succeed.' I've only known one thing. This is a little change, and it's nice.

"It's not like what we had last year was wrong. This is just different and everybody's excited to get to work. You've seen that in the past 10 days we've been here."

Linder played much of the past two seasons under Marrone, who served as the team's offensive line coach from the beginning of the 2015 season until taking over as interim head coach with two games remaining in the 2016 season. He had the interim tag removed in early January.

"He's the same guy as always," Linder said. "We would crack jokes a little bit more in the O-line room, and now he's up there in front of everyone, so we can't be doing the same thing. But he's making it light, and having fun with it, so it's good.

"He's a great motivator. That's one thing I know, especially on game day. When he took over for the last two games last year, everyone was ready to go. There's no gray area with him. It's, 'This is what we need to do to win; you execute that and it works.'''

Linder, a third-round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, also discussed his transition last season to center after starting at guard his first two NFL seasons. "I felt like it went well," Linder said. "You're always looking to get better. I've been looking at the other centers in the league and taking little tidbits from them, trying to mold them into my game. Obviously there are tons of areas for improvement. That's what's going to happen this year."

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