One of the unintentional consequences of the NFL’s expansion into a year-round story is that virtually everything that happens on the field in the offseason is positive.
Sure, we might write about a holdout or an injury or an undisciplined overeater. A coach might occasionally send a message to a player he’s unhappy with that goes public.
But how much offseason on-field stuff isn’t positive? I’d say a 5 percent estimate would qualify as high.
I don’t say this to lessen the excitement of Gus Bradley and the Jaguars over Tuesday’s start to minicamp, just to contextualize it.
A new coach gets this extra camp to introduce himself to his team. And whether he’s Bill Walsh or Ray Handley, everything is wonderful.
I don’t doubt Marcedes Lewis' feelings about the day one bit.
“Going into my eighth year, I’ve never been a part of anything like this as far as the first day of minicamp," the tight end told Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union. “They threw everything at us and we came out with a great attitude and we executed.’’
“... Gus talked about they’re going to apply pressure in practice so the games are easy. We got a clean slate. Everything that happened last year is a blur now. All we can control is our future.’’
Bradley loved the tempo: “It was just what I envisioned. High tempo, guys busting their tail, guys running from drill to drill, the tempo was high and we pushed them just like we had envisioned so I was very pleased with that. This was definitely something to build on."
Jaguars fans should be excited.
Jaguars fans should also remember that on April 17, 2012, after the first practice under new coach Mike Mularkey, he said: “I was extremely pleased with the focus and really liked the tempo.”
It’s a different deal now. But take note that the April enthusiasm and optimism are the same.