JACKSONVILLE – What Darrell Bevell wants from the Jaguars' offense is clear and simple.
Speed. Competitiveness. Toughness.
All are things Jaguars Head Coach Urban Meyer mentions often when discussing his philosophy, and all are things Bevell – the Jaguars' new offensive coordinator – mentioned last week when discussing his vision for the offense.
"Those are good places to start," Bevell said.
For Meyer, Bevell and the rest of the offensive staff, the early stage of building an offense around those concepts is ongoing. Bevell last week was asked how he envisioned the offense.
"One that's going to be exciting to watch, and one that's going to have a lot of speed," he said. "Those are the things we're looking for."
Bevell, an offensive coordinator the last 14 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lines, discussed multiple topics last week with Jaguars Media. Among them: the process of adapting to Meyer's scheme. Meyer referenced adaptability prominently when discussing Bevell's hiring earlier this month.
"The flexibility and not rigidness was very important to me because we do have the first pick in the draft and there is a vision I have about the style of offense," Meyer said. "I'm certainly not going to call plays, that's his responsibility, but I have a real clear vision about what I want the offense to look like and he was great."
Bevell said, "It's important to put your players in the best situation for them to be successful. You do have to have core beliefs, but I don't think you can be so rigid in your beliefs that you're not willing to try anything.
"Great leaders are great listeners. To be able to listen to other people and listen to their ideas and continue to grow in this profession with what you know in terms of scheme is healthy."
Bevell said the task right now is as much self-scouting as instillation, saying the staff currently is very much in the "phase where we're still learning our players."
"It's going to be an offense that's built around our players and what those guys do best," he said. "There are easy things for me to be able to say, 'I want to do this. I want to do that.' Right now, I still need to be able to build it with our coaching staff, with our scouting side, to see who those guys are – and then be able to put those guys in a position to be successful."
With the Jaguars possibly selecting a quarterback with the No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, and with that quarterback possibly playing a key role early, Bevell was asked about the challenge of installing an offense without knowing for sure the starter at the position.
"It is [difficult]," he said. "Things we know we want to be about and want to do, our core part of our offense are the things we're really trying to get now. They're things that a lot of people have, but you also want to build a system.
"It's a systematic approach where if we need to grow in a certain area, this will be enable us to go."
Bevell: "Once Coach Meyer took the job, there was obviously a buzz about the Jacksonville Jaguars. The situation here is unbelievable. The first overall pick is going to be a big deal and there's a lot of cap space. There are some good players in places where you need to start. All of those things were appealing. There's not been a place he's been where he hasn't turned the program around, so that's exciting. The sale job was not too hard. You want to build something from the ground up. I was able to start with [Seahawks quarterback] Russell Wilson [as a rookie] and take him through his first five seasons there. That's a lot of fun. It's fun to go to a new place and learn new players, then to put players in the best situation to help them be successful. Obviously with a young quarterback, there are building blocks and places you want to take them to make sure you get them started off in the right way. That's all exciting stuff."
Jaguars assistant head coach/inside linebackers Charlie Strong: "You change and every job is a challenge. It's always a different challenge for you. Every experience is a learning experience for you. We all want success and it doesn't always happen. But when it doesn't happen, you don't quit. You have to pick up the pieces and move on. You say, 'You know what? I know I'm a good football coach. I know I can still impact young men's lives.' A lot of people would be like, 'OK, I'm done.' But I was never going to say, 'I'm done.' I was going to continue to coach." Hear more from Strong on last week's O-Zone Podcast.
Bevell's history with Meyer is short, with two never meeting before last month's interview process. In their weeks working together, Bevell said has learned a key Meyer trait: "His clarity of purpose is the first and foremost thing I've seen. He has a clear vision of what he wants it to look like, what he wants it to act like, what he wants it to feel like. He has a clear vision. That's what we're trying to do, is instill the culture he has."