Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A Leo Is in Jags' Future; Team Looking at Combine for Pass Rush Specialist, a Key to Bradley's Defense

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A Leo Is in Jags' Future; Team Looking at Combine for Pass Rush Specialist, a Key to Bradley's Defense

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Byline: Ryan O'Halloran

INDIANAPOLIS | It will be part defensive end, part outside linebacker and all pass rusher.

Which players fill that role for the Jaguars this year will be determined.

But their position will be called Leo.

Since coach Gus Bradley was hired last month, the guessing game has begun about what type of personal stamp he'll add to what he picked up working for Monte Kiffin in Tampa Bay and Pete Carroll in Seattle.

Bradley is already committed to bringing the Leo position to the Jaguars defense in an effort to spark a pass rush that was last in the NFL in 2012 (20 sacks).

"Not that the last scheme wasn't any good, but we have to move guys around and manufacture a pass rush," said defensive line coach Todd Wash, who followed Bradley from Seattle.

The term Leo stands for "open side end" (non-tight end side of the offensive formation).

What the player must do: Set a decent edge in the run game and create a pass rush.

What the player must weigh: Around 240-265 pounds.

What the player must run: Fast

"He needs the ability to be a great pass rusher," Bradley said. "You're looking for a traditional right end but with great speed and get off [at the snap]. He can be a little bit lighter than most 3-4 defensive ends."

It could be a position the Jaguars target with the second overall pick.

"It's been a very good weapon for Gus' defense," general manager Dave Caldwell said.

The concept was introduced to Bradley when Carroll was hired as Seattle's coach in 2010 and retained Bradley as defensive coordinator.

Instead of trying to get a square peg to fit into a round hole, Carroll, Bradley and the coaching staff looked at the roster and ways to maximize it.

"He had some strong feelings, and I had some strong feelings, and then we built it," Bradley said. …

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