The Jacksonville Jaguars completed two practices today at Ferrell
Fields, with their preseason opener against the Carolina Panthers
only three days away.
"The defensive tempo was good," said head coach Tom Coughlin.
"The offense wasn't as good, tempo-wise. In the goal-line drills,
ones against the ones, the defense clearly stood out. In twos against
the twos, the offense scored on the third play."
Coughlin said he didn't know yet how much playing time No. 1 draft
choice Fernando Bryant - who signed yesterday - would see against
the Panthers. He did say that backup quarterback Jonathan Quinn
would see plenty of action. "I would say that every time Jonathan
Quinn comes out here, it's important for him to continue to make
progress. He needs to continue to make progress and to build his
confidence. To do well on Friday night will be important. It's a safe
assumption that he'll get plenty of snaps."
Other Coughlin comments:
(on if Mark Brunell is a Super Bowl quality quarterback) "From a
learning standpoint, he certainly has the opportunity to grow and
develop. There's no question about that. So, I would say from that
standpoint, yes he is. He's right on track."
(on the battle at middle linebacker between Bryan Schwartz and
Tom McManus) "I hope it's competitive all the way through the
preseason. I think we'll get much better play out of it if it is. These
guys have had their days and have done well and it's been very
close. What I think will happen is that not only will it separate in
terms of playing the run but also being where you are supposed to
be, especially in the area of the play-action pass, where we haven't
been as good in the past. That will be an important aspect of that
evaluation as well."
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