Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jags Want Patriots' Game; Coach del Rio Wants His New Offense to Resemble That of the NFL Champions

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jags Want Patriots' Game; Coach del Rio Wants His New Offense to Resemble That of the NFL Champions

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Byline: VITO STELLINO

Coach Jack Del Rio doesn't yet have a name for the Jaguars' new offense, but he outlined a vision for it Friday. Call it New England South.

As the Jaguars wrapped up training camp and prepared for the trip to Tampa for tonight's game against the Buccaneers, Del Rio for the first time explained in detail the type of offense he hopes to see from new coordinator Carl Smith.

Del Rio wants an offense similar to what offensive coordinator Charlie Weis ran with New England before he left for Notre Dame.

"I know everybody likes to have a word that you can kind of associate with that [the offense], that describes the unit,'' Del Rio said. "We want to be whatever we feel we need to be to attack the opponent we're playing. If it takes running the ball 50 times, we want to be able to do that. If it takes spreading them out and throwing it 50 times, we want to be able to do that."

Del Rio noted that New England's offense under Weis would line up with five wideouts and throw on the first eight plays one week, then line up with two tight ends and "pound it down the field" the following week.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick liked the approach so much that he didn't hire a new coordinator to replace Weis. He just divided up his duties among the assistant coaches to keep the same approach.

Of course, the Jaguars have a ways to go to be compared with two-time defending Super Bowl champion New England after the first unit managed only 29 yards in four series in the preseason opener against the Miami Dolphins. Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich was sacked four times.

But Del Rio said he sees a lot of positive signs for the offense.

"I know there remain some question marks,'' he said. "I don't know that any of them can be answered by a coach telling you it's coming. There are signs of timing being better and all the things that it takes to have a well-oiled machine.

"I certainly understand that those who aren't in my shoes have questions until the proof is in the pudding, so to speak. OK, that's fair. But we don't really start counting what the pudding looks like until September.''

Obviously, it helps that the Patriots have Tom Brady to run their offense, but Leftwich put up good statistics last year in his second NFL season. …

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