Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Line Forms Behind Coach; Boudreau Vows Offensive Unit Will Correct Mistakes from Preseason Opener

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Line Forms Behind Coach; Boudreau Vows Offensive Unit Will Correct Mistakes from Preseason Opener

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Byline: VITO STELLINO

Paul Boudreau, the Jaguars' veteran offensive-line coach, knows what can happen when an offensive line malfunctions.

"If we don't do it up front, we've got no chance," Boudreau said. "A receiver can break a route, and a quarterback can make a play someplace else. If a guy busts up front, there's no chance to do anything."

But Boudreau also knows the positives when the offensive line is clicking.

Boudreau and Jaguars offensive coordinator Carl Smith had the same jobs in New Orleans under Jim Mora in 1992, when the Saints allowed an NFL-low 15 sacks, though they had only one Pro Bowl offensive lineman, center Joel Hilgenberg.

Their leader rusher (Vaughan Dunbar) had only 565 yards, and their quarterback (Bobby Hebert) had a modest 82.9 passer rating, but New Orleans was 12-4 with an offense that ranked 14th in the NFL.

The key was the Saints had the cohesiveness that comes from playing together a long time.

"Those guys were bang, bang, bang, on time on everything,'' Boudreau said. "They did timing routes. They didn't have a guy [quarterback] holding the ball [too long]. Our backs knew blitz pickup. It's all 11 guys if you have success [pass blocking]."

The Jaguars have continuity in their offensive line. If Mike Pearson, who's recovering from knee surgery, returns to play left tackle, the line that includes Mo Williams at right tackle, Chris Naeole and Vince Manuwai at the guards and Brad Meester at center will play together for the third season.

"Our goal is to improve every week of this preseason and get ready for the season opener,'' Williams said. "We don't expect anything but to go out and get better."

Boudreau believes the Jaguars' pass blocking will improve after Byron Leftwich was sacked four times and pressured once in just four series in a 27-17 preseason victory over the Miami Dolphins on Saturday night.

"If it was a physical mismatch, I can accept it,'' Boudreau said. "But some of those things were all mental, sliding to the wrong guy, not blocking the right guy, those are fixable. Hopefully, you can get them corrected and it won't happen again. …

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