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O-Zone Podcast: Darrell Bevell

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Detroit Lions head coach Darrell Bevell watches against the Green Bay Packers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

JACKSONVILLE – Darrell Bevell has been on the job going on three months. So far, so good.

Better than good, actually.

"It has been great," he said.

Bevell, hired as the Jaguars' offensive coordinator in January, joined senior writer John Oehser on this week's O-Zone Podcast. The two discussed multiple topics – including developing an offense with influence not only from Head Coach Urban Meyer, but a talented and diverse offensive staff.

"We have feelings of what he (Meyer) likes, what he wants to do, where he's at – but then we're able to blend where [passing-game coordinator] Brian [Schottenheimer] has been, where I've been and where [offensive line coach] George [Warhop] has been," Bevell said. "We want to be able to blend all that together to be able to come up with the best plan.

"The plan starts one way, then once you start getting the players and start putting those players in, then that plan can morph. We're going to make sure whoever our guys are that we're getting – that we're putting them in the best position to be successful.

"The more we get to know them, then the more it starts to move around."

Bevell said the process of installing the offense this offseason "started at page one."

"It's important for all of us to be speaking the same language," Bevell said. "It's powerful when your whole staff is aligned and has the ability to speak it the same way. We start on Page One, go through the cadence, the huddle and then we get into, 'What do we call this when we line up in this formation?' 'What's the best way to communicate?' 'Is that the simplest?'

"Everybody comes from a little different area. At some point, we have to pick a language for the Jaguars. That's what we've been sitting in there doing."

Bevell smiled when was asked how he hoped the Jaguars' offense would look.

"The hard thing is, 'Tell me who I have; tell me who's out there on Day 1,''' he said. "Then I can give you a better answer on what it will look like. There are fundamental beliefs I believe in and Coach Meyer believes in. No. 1 is running the football. You want to be able to run the ball when you want to run it. Then when we get in the pass game, I want to be explosive. You want big plays. You want opportunities to get big plays and flip the field."

Bevell also discussed the energy around the franchise in Meyer's first offseason as head coach.

"Obviously, there's great excitement," Bevell said. "We've got Coach Urban and there's buzz here in Florida because of that. He's won everywhere he has been. That creates a buzz. Having the first pick in the draft obviously creates a little more buzz.

"We're ready to get to work with these guys. We can't wait until we get our hands on them and start teaching them the things we're going to do this year."

For more of Bevell's conversation on the O-Zone Podcast, click HERE.

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