Gus Bradley has been waiting for Tuesday since he calculated just when the Jacksonville Jaguars' offseason program would begin.
The franchise’s new coach put together a staff, assessed the existing talent, attended the scouting combine, spent time building a plan with general manager David Caldwell and had some casual conversations with players.
But tomorrow, the offseason officially kicks off. No, it’s not a game. No, it’s not a practice.
It is, however, what you get in April in the NFL.
And it starts with two weeks of conditioning work in advance of a voluntary minicamp -- which is an extra given to teams with new coaches.
The high-energy Bradley actually showed a bit of restraint in his scheduling.
Four of the other teams with new coaches -- the Browns, Chiefs, Eagles and Chargers -- start their workouts today.
Three more -- the Cardinals, Bills and Bears -- join the Jaguars on Tuesday.
Here is the Jaguars’ entire offseason breakdown:
First Day: April 2
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 13-15, May 20-21, May 23, June 4-7
Voluntary Minicamp: April 16-18
Mandatory Minicamp: June 11-13
Details on how things work from the NFL’s release running down the structure of the offseason:
Each club’s official, voluntary nine-week offseason program is conducted in three phases:
Phase One consists of the first two weeks of the program with activities limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only.
Phase Two consists of the next three weeks of the program. On-field workouts may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a “separates” basis. No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted.
Phase Three consists of the next four weeks of the program. Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of organized team practice activity, or “OTAs”. No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permissible.
Clubs may hold one mandatory minicamp for veteran players. This minicamp must occur during Phase Three of the offseason program. Head coaches hired after the end of the 2012 season are also entitled to conduct an additional voluntary veteran minicamp.
Each club may hold a rookie football development program for a period of seven weeks, which in 2013 may begin on May 13. During this period, no activities may be held on weekends, with the exception of one post-NFL Draft rookie minicamp, which may be conducted on either the first or second weekend following the draft. The dates of those rookie minicamps will be released at a later date.