JACKSONVILLE – Things look better so far.
Because it is Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone's nature to see things through a pessimistic lens, his too-early assessment through Week 1 of 2018 Organized Team Activities seemed significant.
Marrone on Friday said the team in his second offseason as head coach seems improved over his first in a few significant areas.
"We're in better shape now as a team than we were a year ago at this time," Marrone said as he began outlining areas of improvement Friday before 2018 OTA practice No. 3.
Marrone continued: "We're able to run the practice at a more efficient level than we were able to run it at this time last year. Those things have come into play."
Marrone also praised the team's rookie class, saying they "have fallen in well with what they're doing."
"They've done a great job – they really have," Marrone said. "A lot of that is how we present it to them, 'Hey, listen, you want to come in here, listen and take a look around and you want to make sure you give your best effort.' Our older players have taken a little better ownership of trying to help them."
As an example, Marrone cited veteran right tackle Jermey Parnell helping rookie fourth-round right tackle Will Richardson during a practice.
"You can't ask a player to do that, but when you see that happening that's a good thing," Marrone said. "Now, is that going to equate to wins during the year? I don't know, but I think we're able to do things at a better level than we were able to do them before, so you hope that can continue through and it shows up on Sundays when you play."
Marrone was specifically asked about progress made during week 1 of OTAs, which will resume at the Dream Finders Home Practice Complex Tuesday.
"You know you're asking a negative person that?" Marrone said. "When I wake up, it's raining every day – you know what I'm saying? I'm never satisfied. Because I think as a coach if you get up and say, 'I love it' … all of sudden, where are you going to go from there? How do we create that push?
"The things that we're doing well, I want to point out and I want to say, 'Here's where we need to do a better job.' That still to me is the same."
Marrone said a primary difference he sees from this year to last is in practice structure and efficiency.
"Now that we're in Year 2, that part has been easier because they know what to expect," Marrone said.