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Malik Jackson: 'It's a lot more serious'


PONTE VEDRA BEACH – This has the feel of something right.

That's the view of Jaguars defensive tackle Malik Jackson when it comes to the 2017 Jaguars offseason program, the second phase of continues next week at EverBank Field.

Jackson, preparing for his second season with the Jaguars, joined O-Zone Live Thursday from the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass, discussing a variety of topics including the Jaguars' offseason acquisition of unrestricted free agent defensive end Calais Campbell and other offseason signings.

Jackson also discussed the offseason organization changes, with Doug Marrone taking over as head coach and Tom Coughlin taking over as executive vice president of football operations.

"I think they're going really good," Jackson said. "I think with the regime change, with Coach Marrone coming in here and Mr. Coughlin heading everything, and with Dave Caldwell [remaining as general manager], guys are turning it around. It's a lot more serious. It's a lot of a get-in or get-out aspect of it.

"Marrone's not taking any B-S, and I think that's the way it should be. He's handling this with an iron fist, and guys are conforming, enjoying the time and understanding that we need to win some games.

"Going 3-13 is not acceptable, and whatever we need to do … we're going to do what Doug says."

Jackson, who signed with the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent last offseason, registered a career-high 6.5 sacks last season. He spent his first four NFL seasons with Denver, helping the Broncos win the Super Bowl following the 2015 season.

"Last year was a really disappointing year, and it made me reflect on myself: 'Had I done everything I could to make this team better?''' Jackson said. "The answer was no, so this year is a year to really take that seriously and do what I need to do.

"It's cool to have personal accolades, and things like that. I broke my sacks record and I did have a solid season, but when you're going 3-13, you can't really say you had a good season. The team didn't win much. Team goals trump personal goals for me, and going 3-13 just was not acceptable.

"It's all good to have a good season, but if the team's not productive it doesn't matter."

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