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  • #16
    Boy, he sure dips that ball low. He'll never have a quick release with that below the hip throw. Very weird.
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    • #17
      This is one of the reasons why proper mechanics matter... time.

      If you're a see-it-throw-it guy vs. an anticipation passer, you'd better have a quick release in the NFL,

      Because the extra half second or so it takes slow release guys puts NFL DBs many feet closer to being on top of your pass.

      Carr on the left, Bortles on the right:

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      • #18
        Bortles flying in coach to work on mechanics
        Blake Bortles is flying in outside consultant Adam Dedeaux to help work on his mechanics.

        This seems like a job for the coaches the Jaguars pay to get their players ready, but the old QB coach, who failed to fix the issue during the first half of the season, is now running the offense. Bortles' delivery has seemingly gotten longer every week, and he is seriously struggling with accuracy. It will be difficult for Bortles to shake his bad habits during the season, but at least he is giving it a shot.
        Source: Mark Long on Twitter
        Guess he doesn't like the new OC, either?

        Seeing teammates openly critical of him may have finally hit home enough to change his ways.
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        • #19
          The Pick-Six Could Be Known as a 'Bortle'

          FootballOutsiders
          [Blake] Bortles lived up to his reputation with another pick-six in the third quarter, this one returned 51 yards...to give Denver [the] lead... This stat is hilarious and hard to believe, but Bortles now has more pick-sixes (11) than wins as a starter (10) in his career. According to research at Pro Football Reference, Bortles is the 54th quarterback with at least 11 pick-sixes in his regular-season career, but he has only played in 42 games. If you look at the stats for the seven retired quarterbacks with exactly 11 pick-sixes, Bortles really stands out with the fewest games per pick-six average (3.8) and the highest rate of his picks returned for a touchdown (22.0 percent).

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          Quarterbacks with 11 Pick-Sixes
          Quarterback Pick-6's Games Games/P6 .INT. .P6% Starting Record
          Blake Bortles 11 42 3.8 50 22.0% 10-31 (.244)
          Stan Humphries 11 88 8.0 84 13.1% 50-31 (.617)
          Richard Todd 11 119 10.8 161 6.8% 48-59-1 (.449)
          Jeff Garcia 11 125 11.4 83 13.3% 58-58 (.500)
          Steve Grogan 11 149 13.5 208 5.3% 75-60 (.556)
          Archie Manning 11 151 13.7 173 6.4% 35-101-3 (.263)
          Troy Aikman 11 165 15.0 141 7.8% 94-71 (.570)
          Boomer Esiason 11 187 17.0 184 6.0% 80-93 (.462)
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          Last edited by H2O4me; 12-06-2016, 08:33 PM.
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          • #20
            Sticking with Blake Bortles among things that cost Gus Bradley his job

            JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As bad as the Jacksonville Jaguars' defense was under Gus Bradley during the first three years of his tenure, it was the offense that was the reason he was fired on Sunday.

            The Jaguars had made significant strides on defense in 2016, thanks to key personnel additions and the work of first-time defensive coordinator Todd Wash, but the offense has deteriorated and is the main reason the Jaguars are 2-12 and have lost nine consecutive games.

            Bradley could never get things right on offense. He went through three offensive coordinators, and quarterback Blake Bortles regressed to the way he played as a rookie. His loyalty to Bortles ended up being his ultimate undoing.

            Bortles set franchise records in passing yards (4,428) and passing touchdowns (35) in 2015, and that came after he spent two months during the offseason working on and fixing his flawed fundamentals and footwork. But he didn’t spend as much time working on those issues this past offseason, and he played poorly throughout the 2016 season. He has 20 turnovers, the most of any player in the NFL this season, and he has thrown three pick-sixes to bring his career total to 11.

            Despite those struggles, though, Bradley stuck with Bortles as the starter. He was repeatedly asked if it would be good for Bortles to sit a game to get a different perspective or just get a breather, but each time Bradley said that was something he wasn’t even considering.

            It made sense to a degree, because one of the most important things Bortles wanted from his coach was unwavering loyalty. It was an important part of their relationship. That’s something other coaches and quarterbacks have, and sometimes it’s the only thing that can sustain the relationship.

            Unfortunately, it cost Bradley his job.

            Just watching what happened during the Jaguars’ 21-20 loss to Houston on Sunday drove that point home. Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler, whom GM Rick Smith signed to a $72 million contract with $37 million guaranteed, was benched in favor of backup Tom Savage after throwing two first-half interceptions. Savage, who hadn’t played in more than two years, completed 23 of 36 passes for 260 yards and keyed the Texans' rally from a 20-8 third-quarter deficit.

            How much differently would the Jaguars' season have gone had Bradley opted to put Bortles on the bench for Chad Henne? The Jaguars were 2-3 after a come-from-behind victory in Chicago in which they scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 51-yard pass to Arrelious Benn because a defensive back slipped. They haven’t won since.

            During the nine-game losing streak, Bortles has completed 56 percent of his passes for 1,958 yards and 13 touchdowns with nine interceptions -- three of which were returned for touchdowns. The Jaguars never scored more than 21 points in any game.

            Receiver Allen Robinson went from a Pro Bowl player (80 passes for 1,400 yards and a franchise-record 14 touchdowns last season) to an afterthought. He and Bortles never clicked, and there was a meeting between the two along with offensive coordinator Nate Hackett -- who took over after Greg Olson was fired in late October -- to try to get them both back on the same page. Since that meeting, Robinson has caught three passes for 32 yards.

            There were reports that at least one starter wanted Bortles benched for Henne, and looking back on the last nine games, that may have made a difference in the Jaguars’ season. The Jaguars have lost those games by an average of 8.1 points.

            Even after Sunday’s loss to Houston, Bradley responded to a question about possibly giving sixth-round pick Brandon Allen, who has been inactive for every game, a look in the final two games by saying Bortles is the Jaguars’ quarterback.

            Bradley's loyalty to Bortles is admirable. It’s the kind of support every player wants from their head coach. But had Bradley made the move to Henne, the Jaguars might have been in the thick of things in the AFC South in a season in which owner Shad Khan said a winning record was “everyone’s reasonable expectation.”

            It may have saved his job.

            Does the JAX GM hold any responsibility for choosing the QB, or does that all fall on Bradley?
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            • #21
              The people that pick some of the quarterbacks are absolute morons. Anyone that knows anything about football could see that Bortles was never going to be a good NFL quarterbacks.
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              • #22
                Originally posted by peytonmanning18 View Post
                The people that pick some of the quarterbacks are absolute morons. Anyone that knows anything about football could see that Bortles was never going to be a good NFL quarterbacks.
                I'm just glad Texans didn't pull the trigger on him.
                Clowney looks like a beast in the making.
                I am royally pi**ed Texans did not pull the trigger on Carr when he was on the board right there - or Garopollo for that matter.
                Su'a Filo is okay, but a little disappointing for a #33 in that draft.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Yosarian View Post
                  Boy, he sure dips that ball low. He'll never have a quick release with that below the hip throw. Very weird.
                  And it's just begging to be smacked out of his hand too - notice how much more protected Carr's ball is up behind his shoulder?

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by aussiedave View Post

                    And it's just begging to be smacked out of his hand too - notice how much more protected Carr's ball is up behind his shoulder?
                    It sure is. These are things that should be fixed in the off season. It's amazing he hasn't fixed this motion in 3 years.
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                    • #25
                      Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter
                      Jaguars QB Blake Bortles told @ESPNdirocco that he played this season with two shoulder separations and wrist tendonitis.

                      Glass to mouth lifting injuries.
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                      • #26
                        Okay, I'd heard BB has cut way back on the shenanigans and become serious about being a pro...

                        Working with Tom House's group, I expect to see results this season...



                        Blake Bortles has worked on quicker release, other tweaks
                        Michael DiRocco/ESPN Staff Writer
                        ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Blake Bortles has spent the past two months working on his mechanics with his throwing coaches at 3DQB in California, not worrying about whether the Jacksonville Jaguars want him around in 2018.

                        That doesn't mean Bortles is ignoring the fact that the 2017 season is make-or-break for him in Jacksonville. He said he's just not worrying about it.

                        "It's huge," Bortles said Sunday before his second annual Blake Bortles Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament at The King & Bear at the World Golf Village. "It's as big as however you want it to be, but regardless we've got to be here on April 10th [for offseason conditioning] and we've got to show up for camp in August and eventually they're going to start playing football games, so I think all that's stuff's irrelevant.

                        "I'm confident with what I've done this offseason and that I'll be able to come help this team be as good as we possibly can be. Everything involving the contract, that's up to them. I look forward to playing football."

                        The Jaguars have until May 3 to decide if they will pick up Bortles' fifth-year option. If they do, his 2018 salary would be the average of the top 10 highest-paid quarterbacks: approximately $20.7 million. It is guaranteed for injury only until the first day of the 2018 league year, when it becomes fully guaranteed.

                        "Well I think just like with everything we've done from the end of the season until now, we get a lot of input from our coaches, we've got OTAs, we've got minicamps, we've got a lot of things between now and then to see where he is at, but I don't think any decision will be made until closer to May," Caldwell said.

                        The problem for the Jaguars is that deadline hits before they can know if Bortles is any better than he was in 2016, when he completed 58.9 percent of his passes for 3,905 yards and 23 touchdowns with 16 interceptions. He threw 15 interceptions -- including three returned for touchdowns to give him 11 pick-sixes in his career -- in the first 12 games but threw only one in the last four. Bortles also suffered a Grade 1 sprained right AC joint, aggravated that five weeks later, and also dealt with painful tendinitis in his right wrist.

                        His mechanics were a mess, too. His footwork got sloppy and his delivery was out of whack. He brought the ball below his waist and way behind his body during his windup, which increased the amount of time between his decision to throw and his release. Bortles looked nothing like he did in 2015, when he set single-season franchise records for passing yards (4,428) and passing touchdowns (35).

                        That's why he headed to California as soon as the 2016 season ended to work with Adam Dedeaux.

                        "The first thing we focused on was probably what everybody would guess, just trying to tighten up the release, make that as quick as possible," Bortles said. "So never letting really the wrist get below the elbow, trying to keep that parallel and not dropping down. So that was probably the main focus and then just a couple tweaks here and there in different things.

                        "It didn't take a long time to fix it, but the first week it wasn't pretty. It didn't look good and that's a part of it. When you're trying to change things it's not going to be great but we were able to kind of hash that out and now it's going well."

                        3DQB tweeted out a quick video of Bortles throwing a pass, and his delivery looks significantly more compact. He's holding the ball just below his chin during his dropback, and it doesn't get any lower than his elbow on his windup.
                        @BBortles5 pic.twitter.com/LuRP505J9j

                        — 3DQB (@train3DQB) March 11, 2017
                        Bortles said his delivery is "more efficient, quicker," but will that stick during practices and especially games?

                        "That's the true test of, 'Did it stick?'" Bortles said. "There's only one way to figure that out and that's go and play."

                        He's taking a quick break to raise funds for the Arc Village of Jacksonville -- an independent-living neighborhood for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities -- and first responders of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Department. According to Bonnie Upright, the foundation's executive director, the golf tournament, charity auction, and concert have raised approximately $100,000 this year.

                        After that, though, he's headed to Arizona next week to throw with Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns (he's been throwing with Marqise Lee in California). This is a different plan from last offseason, when he spent only six days in California and spent most of his time in Jacksonville throwing with Jaguars receivers.

                        "I've really enjoyed the time I've spent out there [in California]," Bortles said. "I think it's really been beneficial. I feel really good as far as where I'm at mechanically and how the ball's coming out and how it's spinning."
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                        • #27
                          Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter
                          Jaguars picked up QB Blake Bortles' fifth-year option.
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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by H2O4me View Post
                            Okay, I'd heard BB has cut way back on the shenanigans and become serious about being a pro...

                            Working with Tom House's group, I expect to see results this season...

                            Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone believes Blake Bortles is improving
                            Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles has already completed three seasons in the NFL. Originally selected by the franchise early on in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of South Florida, the 25-year-old must now begin to improve at this stage in his professional career.

                            New Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone believes that Bortles is doing just that thus far in the 2017 offseason.

                            “He’s improved – there’s no doubt about it,” Marrone said over the weekend, via the Jaguars’ official website.

                            Bortles has compiled some gaudy numbers over the years, but he’s piled up a lot of losses, too. The Jaguars have not even sniffed the .500 mark since he broke into the league, as their best single-season finish during that span came back in 2015 en route to a dismal 5-11 record.

                            “There are certain things, as far as his elbow and his arm, that are much improved,” Marrone added. “I think there are still other things we’re still working on as well as everyone else at this stage.”

                            Bortles will remain at the helm of the Jacksonville offense throughout the offseason, but time may be running out for the young quarterback to make the transition to elite status.

                            “If we’re throwing 100 footballs to 150 – if we throw 150 he’ll be better,” said Marrone. “If we throw 200 he’ll be better – 250, he’ll be better. What we’re doing now is trying to build him up and build the arm strength and all the other things along with all of our quarterbacks to get there.

                            “The more he throws the better he’ll be.”
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                            • #29

                              Michael DiRocco @ESPNdirocco
                              Weird Blake Bortles stat: he has 5 career TD passes when Jaguars lead.
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