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"The unveiling of the Jaguars' revamped defense is happening in small doses. Friday night marked the second step in what will be a gradual process as Jacksonville played its starters for an entire half. They showed a marked improvement from last season's defense in some areas, and the need for more in others."   The Times-Union

Gene Frenette of The Times-Union profiles Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and his plan for 2011.  

Vito Stellino's NFL Sunday Confidential.  The Times-Union

"The team owner also told The Indianapolis Star on Saturday evening that every option is in play if the May 23 surgery to repair a bulging disk in Manning&39;s neck forces him to miss his first career start. That includes signing a veteran as a short-term fix if coach Jim Caldwell, general manager Chris Polian and vice chairman Bill Polian determine Curtis Painter and Dan Orlovsky aren&39;t the answer."  Indianapolis Star

A look at some of the NFL's top unemployed players and much more in the Sunday Blitz.  National Football Post

Sunday notes from Gary Myers of the New York Daily News

Former Florida standout Joe Haden has been seen everywhere in Cleveland.  The Plain Dealer

Sunday Football Notes.  The Boston Globe

Running game carries the Texans in win over New Orleans.  Houston Chronicle

Recap of the Titans loss at St. Louis on Saturday.   The Tennessean

Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald received a contract extension.  CBSSports.com

Tweet, Tweet

Tyson Alualu is really hard to block. Del Rio said pregame, "We're going to play GOOD defense." Jags showing it tonight.

@SI_PeterKing (Sports Illustrated's Peter King)

Jag Jottings II: You see Gene Smith/Terry McDonough have done a great job with guts of this roster. Cecil Shorts (4thrd, Mt Union) a keeper

@SI_PeterKing

For what it&39;s worth, 90 percent of the kickoffs went into the endzone this week. Last week, the percentage was 78.

@ClaytonESPN (ESPN's John Clayton)

Hitting the #JvilleBeach with the boys! @Cshorts10  @WillRackley. Great to get out of the hotel!

@Gelliman82 (rookie wide receiver Greg Ellingson)

We r evaluating the QB sitch, #18 healing but we got 2 b prepared 4 early season possibility without him, defense has 2 pick it up, big time! 

@JimIrsay  (Colts owner Jim Irsay)

Buffalo this weekend.  Love their new Uni's.  Looking for the best wings in Buffalo. Is it the Anchor Bar or Duff's?  Any insight tweeps?

@JagsEquipment (Jaguars equipment manager Drew Hampton)

Headed to the Office, the work doesn't Stop. The season is steadily approaching!!  #LetsGo

@MikeThomasJax (wide receiver Mike Thomas)

Stat of the day

NFL teams must reduce their rosters to a maximum of 80 players by 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, August 30. 

Schedule

After an off day, the Jaguars return to the Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields this morning.  Head coach Jack Del Rio will address the media this afternoon and coverage will be available on jaguars.com.

The last word

"You're never looking at one without an eye toward the other. You have to build your team around what you are capable of, what you are doing and with the guys you have, and play towards their strengths. You need to try and understand how teams are going to try to stop you from doing that. When you get into game planning, you get into more in-season type of thinking. For us right now, we are working our system and working our players. We are mindful of those things that you are talking about, but we are more focused on the system, the players and how the players work together and some things certain guys can do - the exposure. Obviously, there is learning involved. Some of these things that are a click off, but when you get it dialed in then that click can be the difference between a very successful play and a not so good play. We have to stay the course, continue to teach, continue to learn and grow as a football team."

Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio on transitioning from preseason to finding the team's identity for the regular season

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