- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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Mike Mularkey has the Jaguars' first-teamers lined up for 17-20 plays against the New York Giants Friday night at EverBank Field.
“Maybe more with the O-line to get Chad [Henne] a chance to work with the O-line,"" the coach told Jacksonville media.
As for the overall approach, Mularkey’s selling the same vibe most coaches shoot for -- he wants to win any game he’s part of, even if it’s meaningless.
But what gets done en route to attempting to win is more important.
“It is a practice game,” he said. “We’re practicing a lot of the situations like we do on the practice field. Now, it’s just in front of hopefully a full crowd in a stadium. It is practice. You are going to learn from it. You’re going to evaluate from it. Hopefully you’re going to get better because of it.
“What I’d like to see is us play really good, disciplined football. I would like us not to make a lot of mistakes that we’re in charge of so that we can get a fair evaluation. Let’s have a competitive game. Let’s get our guys out there playing fast and confident. We’re not going to ask them to do a lot of exotic things. We’re going to let them play and let’s just see where we are not only as players but as a team. As an offensive, defensive, special teams when this is over with so we can address what needs to get better or what’s good and keep doing it.”
Offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski was recently critical of the standing of the team's passing offense.
But Mularkey said he's got high hopes for protection, route running, Blaine Gabbert and the passing game.
Then Mularkey was asked, "Will it look a little better than it has in practice?" -- a question that seemed to turn him a little defensive:
“I don’t know," Mularkey said. "I’ve watched the tape so maybe it’s what you see in practice. I’m not sure what your perception is, but when you’ve watched the tape and you have a chance to study it like we do it’s not as bad as you think it is.”
Mularkey added that first-rounder Justin Blackmon will dress but probably not play.