Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NOTEBOOK; Jaguars Going Back to Play Action

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NOTEBOOK; Jaguars Going Back to Play Action

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The deep pass isn't the only the thing returning to the Jaguars' playbook this fall.

Former offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave didn't have much use for play-action passes in his West Coast scheme the past two years, but Musgrave's successor is making the play fake a prominent part of the Jaguars' system this season.

New coordinator Carl Smith considers himself a proponent of play action, much to the relief of quarterback Byron Leftwich.

"It's tough to say right now how much we're going to use it [in the regular season] because we're still so early in camp, but play action is definitely in there," Leftwich said after Tuesday's practice was moved up three hours because of weather concerns. "I'm looking forward to that, because it can really be effective when you do it right."

The team is hoping to find more ways to help the passing game after the Jaguars had just 16 pass plays of 30 or more yards last season. The Jaguars had 22 passes of 30 or more yards as recently as 2000.

If running back Fred Taylor returns to full strength by the start of the regular season, Leftwich said the Jaguars could have one of the most dangerous play-action attacks in the NFL.

"Anytime you've got Fred back there, people are going to fall for play action," Leftwich said. "You can't ignore Fred, so [play action] has a chance to be a great weapon for us."


The Jaguars are getting closer to their goal of 45,000 non-premium season tickets sold.

Tim Connolly, the team's senior vice president of business development, said 43,300 non-premium season tickets were sold as of Tuesday afternoon and that sales have been steady since training camp started last weekend.

Single-game sales for the regular season begin Saturday, Aug. 20. The Jaguars have covered almost 10,000 seats and are hoping to avoid blackouts through non-premium season tickets and group sales of 4,000-5,000 per game.

"The problem is, we only have nine days to sell [the rest of] them," Connolly said, referring to the start of the team's preseason schedule.

The Jaguars, however, will continue to offer prorated season tickets for sale after the exhibition home opener against Miami. …

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