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On Gabbert learning third playbook in three seasons: "not the ideal situation," Caldwell says

Jaguars general manager David Caldwell spoke to the media Friday morning and discussed the coaching and playbook consistency that he has enjoyed during his career as a scout and front office executive in Indianapolis and Atlanta.

"When I was in Indianapolis we had the same offensive coordinator for my whole tenure there," Caldwell said. "Atlanta we had one for four years and then Dirk (Koetter) pretty much brought a very similar system from Jacksonville, so Matt (Ryan) kind of knew basically the concepts of it."

The Jaguars offense has been in an upheaval the last two seasons with numerous coaching and personnel changes. When Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert receives the new playbook in 2013, it will be the third different scheme in his three NFL seasons. 

"It's not the ideal situation (for Gabbert)," Caldwell said. "Hopefully this is the last change that Blaine is going to see."

Dimitroff preaches patience in building a roster from the draft

Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff discussed the philosophy of leaning on the draft and rookie free agency to build a roster instead of paying veteran free agents.

The philosophy is one that he and Jaguars general manager David Caldwell, Dimitroff's former Director of Player Personnel in Atlanta, both share.

Immediately after his press conference in an exclusive for, Dimitroff said that David Caldwell, who was the Falcons' Director of Player Personnel prior to his hire in Jacksonville, understands that patience will be key when employing this philosophy.

"It's easy to look out in the free agency market and think, 'Okay, I'm going to pick that guy, this guy, this guy and throw all types of money into it,'" Dimitroff said. "It's about thinking about long term. This league is about making sure that you develop your youthful talent because they are going to be the next wave of your veteran talent."

Dimitroff said that the goal is re-signing developed players in order to keep the team's investment in-house. Relying on the free agent market brings an element of risk into the process.  

"If you do the right thing in your development of your young guys, hopefully the goal is, and I'm sure it is for Dave (Caldwell), to re-sign his draft picks," Dimitroff said. "That's what you want. You know those players better than anyone else. If you go out in the market, then you run the risk of not knowing the player as well as you would like to."

Elway says Broncos need a change in postseason mindset

The Denver Broncos lost in the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs, falling 38-35 in double overtime to the eventual Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens.

John Elway, the Broncos' Executive Vice President of Football Operations, discussed where the team's mentality should be if Denver returns to the postseason.

"If we have an opportunity to have ourselves in the same position and get back to the playoffs, how we approach that is huge," Elway said. "That's what makes the difference between the regular season (and postseason). We make our money in the regular season; we make the legacy in the postseason."

Elway added that the mentality of having a game next week, or having a bye week coming up should be gone when the calendar turns to January.

"The expectations rise, and each game you don't have next week," Elway said. "Mostly you have to be able to learn to play with sudden death, which is, there is no next week.

"That's why great teams flourish in the playoffs."

Cosell says Jaguars' first round selection might not be a "sexy pick"

Greg Cosell, a senior producer at NFL Films, executive producer of NFL Matchup and columnist for Yahoo! Sports, says that nearly anything is possible with the Jaguars' number two selection in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Cosell said that Jacksonville could even select a guard like Alabama's Chance Warmack, who many feel is among the best overall players available.

"Most teams view certain positions as premium positions in this league: quarterback, maybe left tackle, pass rusher, corner," Cosell said. "The problem arises when the better players are not at those premium positions, which may be the case in this draft."

He added that the talent available could override traditional thoughts about when certain position groups are selected.

"The question is do you draft a guard with the second pick in the draft?" Cosell said. "For most people that's not a sexy pick, and I'm sure Jaguars fans would say, 'What are you doing?' If he's the best player, don't you owe it to your organization to do that? I think we have a draft where it's very possible that the number two pick may not be a sexy pick, but you might get a really good player."

Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson explains leadership

Tyler Wilson might not be the most highly publicized or rated quarterback in this year's draft class, but on Thursday he explained how his dedication and work ethic helped him achieve success with the Razorbacks.

"I think that's probably one of the most important qualities you have to have as a quarterback because you get the guys' respect around you," Wilson said. "When you get on the field you've got to prove yourself, prove you're a competitor, prove you're tough and guys will rally around you."

How does a quarterback define and earn leadership?

"It starts with being dedicated," Wilson said. "You have to come to work every day and show that you're willing to work your tail off. With that you begin to gain a little bit of that. Then the vocal piece of the puzzle starts to work and form, and you're able to get guys to follow behind you. That's the definition of leadership."

Texas A&M wide receiver Ryan Swope says that quarterback styles did not change his play*

While at Texas A&M, wide receiver Ryan Swope ran routes for Ryan Tannehill, now with the Miami Dolphins, and for Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.

Tannehill's pocket style and Manziel's scrambling ability are quite different, and the Texas A&M offense as a whole saw drastic changes in College Station after the Miami Dolphins drafted Tannehill.

Some might think that a scrambling quarterback would disturb the route-running and timing of the receivers, but Swope disagreed as it was just another part of the Aggies' offense.

"It doesn't really affect us (receivers), it's just a different style of play," Swope said. "Johnny (Manziel) had a lot of freedom back there to run around and make plays with his speed. Obviously that allows receivers to get open down field with a scrambling drill and whatnot. We just practiced different."

Quote of the day

"I'm real excited for him. We don't talk anymore because we play this year." – Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll on the hire of Gus Bradley in Jacksonville

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