JACKSONVILLE – Doug Marrone has no interest in pretending.
That's pretty much always true when it comes to his thoughts on the Jaguars, and the head coach in his first season leading the team articulated those thoughts clearly, candidly and bluntly as Week 1 of 2017 organized team activities ended at EverBank Field Friday.
Marrone after OTA 3 Friday was asked to assess the play of Blake Bortles in what is considered an important period for the fourth-year veteran quarterback.
Marrone instead addressed the team as a whole.
"I think I would put it in the same category as everyone," Marrone said following Friday's practice, the lone session of the week in which essentially the whole session was open to the media. "I think everyone had a week where they realized that we have a long way to go. "I look at it that way."
Marrone, the interim head coach for the last two games of last season who had the interim tag removed in early January, expanded on the theme for several minutes.
"I think you could say we are progressing and we are doing some things and we got off to a good start," Marrone said. "I think it is more, 'Listen we have a lot of work ahead of us.' Every day I think it shows. I think we have to get to work. We can't waste a lot of time.
"If we want to be a good football team, then we are going to have to keep stepping it up each day to try to get more and more out of them. We have to get more out of the coaches, more out of myself."
Marrone also emphasized that the team can't approach OTAs with the idea that there is still plenty of time before training camp opens in late July, emphasizing the need for players and coaches to "treat this thing [OTAs] as a high level."
"It is not like, 'Breathe out … this time of year we are not playing, blah, blah, blah,''' Marrone said. "No, in my mind it is like, 'Hey, listen, we are playing.' With everything we do, we are getting ready to go. We have to ramp up the competition. We have to ramp up what we are doing. We have to ramp up, not being combative, but we have to do everything we possibly can to get better.
"We have a long way to go. I think that is what this week has shown."
Images from Friday's OTA practice.
It was noted to Marrone that perhaps he sounded disappointed about where the team stands after OTA Week 1.
"I am just being honest," he said. "We are a team that won three football games. I would be lying to you guys if I came up here and said everything is great. Listen, this is where we are. Listen, we only won three football games. We have a lot to prove. We have a lot of work to put in on the field. We have to do those things and put that work in.
"I am not the type of person that is going to sit up here and sell some 'BS'. I am not going to do that. Are there certain things that are going on out there that are good? Absolutely, there are. I am talking about overall, as a whole, we have a long way to go and we have to continue to keep our nose to the ground and keep working."
Marrone also not for the first time this offseason emphasized a need for the Jaguars to make tangible improvement, noting – again not for the first time this offseason – that all teams are working to make improvements during the offseason.
"We have to figure out a way – where do we make hay?" Marrone said. "Where do we make the movement on these other teams that have played better than we have and done those things? How do we do that? We are trying to get more reps. We are trying to get things done quicker. We are trying to make sure there is an emphasis on nutrition. Everyone is doing that.
"We are just going to have to continue to keep working and see where we go."