Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

It's All about the System

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

It's All about the System

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One quarterback goes down, another steps up. And the offense

never really stutters or sputters, skips or blips. The man

behind the center is vastly different, but the plays, the

patterns, the protections remain the same.

The system remains intact. And don't kid yourself, the system

is the most important thing.

Which is why the Jacksonville Jaguars can survive and even

thrive with superstar quarterback Mark Brunell on the bench.

They've done it during this undefeated and dreadfully long

preseason and they will continue to do it when the regular

season starts in Baltimore next week. They will do it because

Tom Coughlin has implemented an offensive system that is quickly

gaining a reputation as one of the most innovative in the NFL.

During the preseason, backup quarterback Rob Johnson has put up

some unfathomable numbers and went into last night's preseason

finale with an incredible 157.1 quarterback rating -- by far the

best in the league. Johnson didn't look nearly as flawless

against the Falcons last night as he did against the 49ers on

Monday but who can blame him? Getting fired up for the Falcons

in the final preseason game is like getting fired up to mow the

lawn one last time before summer's over.

Even though Johnson missed some wide-open receivers last night,

the fact is he had wide open receivers to miss. And you can

attribute that to the system.

You never really hear Coughlin's name bandied about nationally

as one of those offensive-guru types like Bill Walsh or Mike

Shanahan or Mike Holmgren. But, the fact is, Coughlin has one of

the keenest offensive minds in the business. He's been tinkering

with offenses ever since he started coaching nearly three

decades ago. In 27 years, he has spent just one season on the

defensive side of the ball.

"I've always loved offense," Coughlin says. " . . . I'm a

multiple-formation, multiple-personnel guy. I believe in

balance, but we're certainly not afraid to throw the ball. I

like a lot of formations, a lot of movement and a lot of people

involved in the offense. …

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