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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 11:10 am    Post subject: Bortles: "Olsen and House had different beliefs." Reply with quote

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Blake Bortles is understandably taking some time off after what has been one of the most frustrating seasons of his life.

But not much.

The Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback said he expects to be back in California and working with Adam Dedeaux at 3DQB by mid- January. If everything goes according to plan, he wonít be back in Jacksonville until the end of March.


Blake Bortles regressed this season after posting career bests in many categories in 2015. Logan Bowles/USA TODAY Sports
Thatís approximately six weeks to work on and fix his footwork, which he says was his biggest mechanical issue throughout the 2016 season. If he gets that right, his windup and release -- which drew the most criticism from fans, analysts, and even his former college offensive coordinator -- will improve along with it.

"Everybody was worried about what was going on up top when the problem was my feet," Bortles said. "So when I was able, when Nathaniel [Hackett] took over [as offensive coordinator], we focused a lot more on that and there wasnít a whole lot of talk about it anymore.


"It wasnít that up top got a lot shorter, it was just that everything was more accurate, spinning better, so there was nothing for people to really say when realistically it [where he was holding the ball] was probably half an inch higher. I wasnít dropping the ball as much and itís all kind of lower-body related on how to tighten that up. It did get a little bit better but I think thereís definitely still a lot of room to work and improve."

What, exactly, was wrong with Bortlesí lower-body mechanics? It has a lot to do with rhythm and length of his stride and how those things lengthened his windup. Bortles said part of his issue was that he was trying to be a stand-still passer, which has nothing to do with leaving the pocket, and thatís just not something with which heís comfortable.

"Nate would call it [being] a rhythm passer," Bortles said. "Iím a rhythm passer. Chad [Henne] is a stand-still passer. Like, I canít stand still in the pocket. Chad, like Tom Brady, they can stand there and [not bounce]. I have to be moving forward or moving, Peyton Manning-like, moving my feet, moving around. I canít just stand still."


Thereís nothing wrong with that, but Bortles got out of sorts when he threw the ball. He wasnít as compact as he needed to be, and he used a baseball analogy to explain it.

"You go to hit a baseball, youíre not going to swing the bat until your front foot comes down," Bortles said. "Itís the same thing when you go to throw. Your armís not going to start coming forward until your foot goes down, so the longer your front stride is the lower the ball goes and the longer it (the delivery) looks.

"So wider base, quicker stride, shorter release."

Bortles had revamped his delivery after his rookie season with Dedeaux and Tom House at 3DQB. He spent nearly two months in California and even got together with receiver Marqise Lee and tight end Julius Thomas to throw while they were on the West Coast.

The changes paid off with what appeared to be a breakout season in 2015: single-season franchise records in passing yards (4,428) and passing touchdowns (35).

However, Bortles only spent six days in California after that season, instead staying in Jacksonville to throw with his receivers, including Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns and Lee.
His mechanics suffered and Bortles completed 58.9 percent of his passes for 3,905 yards and 23 touchdowns with 16 interceptions.

Bortles said spending less time out west and staying in Jacksonville to throw with the Jaguarsí receivers was something then-offensive coordinator Greg Olson believed was the best thing to do. Bortles said he now realizes he needs the constant scrutiny he got at 3DQB to make sure heís mechanically sound.

"There was a difference in beliefs between Olly (Olson) and the guys that I throw with out in California," Bortles said. "Theyíd had a previous interaction and disagreed on some things so he was a little negative of them, but he was totally supportive of what I wanted to do. But all our wide receivers were here in Jacksonville so he thought it was a good idea -- and to me it seemed like a good idea as well to come in here and throw with those guys.


"The only thing I missed was instead of going and throwing with somebody thatís watching me throw and critiquing and helping every single throw, I threw here by myself the whole time and had nobody watching or telling me what I was doing wrong. And I canít do that. I need people to help me. I need constant feedback on stuff like that."

Thatís why heís not taking much time off before heading west again. A couple weeks to let his right shoulder and right wrist heal and then heís jumping on a plane.

"Itíll be, ĎAlright, letís get to work and figure out how we can [fix things] and letís work on it all offseason,í" he said.

http://www.espn.com/blog/jacksonville-jaguars/post/_/id/20607/jaguars-qb-blake-bortles-i-need-people-to-help-me-with-mechanics

There was talks about this, and Bortles finally confirmed it.

Good lord, I hate you Greg Olsen. Please hire a competent coaching staff that actually gives a [inappropriate/removed] about mechanics with a QB that's main problems are exactly that.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh. So it wasn't Blake that decided to not work on his mechanics with House. It was Olson pressuring him. That's real cool.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So a quick recap

- Olson didn't like what Blake was doing with his QB coaches
- Blake has an incredible year
- Olson pressures Blake into not working with his QB coaches
- Blake's mechanics degrade as does his play
- Olson refuses to work with Blake on mechanics or give time to do so
- Olson goes to the media to trash talk Blake as an anonymous source
- Olson is fired
- Hackett starts working with Blake
- Blake's mechanics get better as does his play

Awesome!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

iPwn wrote:
So a quick recap

- Olson didn't like what Blake was doing with his QB coaches
- Blake has an incredible year
- Olson pressures Blake into not working with his QB coaches
- Blake's mechanics degrade as does his play
- Olson refuses to work with Blake on mechanics or give time to do so
- Olson goes to the media to trash talk Blake as an anonymous source
- Olson is fired
- Hackett starts working with Blake
- Blake's mechanics get better as does his play

Awesome!


Can't forget he called Dedeaux to come in and work for a couple days too. He announced it literally the day of or after Olsen got fired.

Laughing

This Gus Bradley era has been soooooooooo bad. I'm so happy it's over.

Also, this makes me think more of Hackett than I previous did. Never thought he was bad, but to see he likely had a large hand in improving things during the season/being open minded and wanting to do what was best for Blake makes me think a lot higher of him than before.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This team is exhausting sometimes
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