Bortles plans to spend more time with QB guru this off-season


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – With three games remaining the Jaguars (2-11) will close out their disappointing 2016 season against three straight divisional opponents. Owning the AFC South was something the team emphasized at the beginning of the year. So far Jacksonville is 1-2 in the division, meanwhile Houston, Tennessee and Indianapolis are all still in the playoff hunt.

“I don’t think spoiler is the right word to use,” said Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles. “I think you want to more so get the chance to say, how are we against one of these playoff teams and stack up? You really don’t want to talk about it or think about it, but let’s build something going into the offseason for next year.”

Looking forward to the off-season is just a reality at this point and Bortles has already made plans.

“I’m going to California and get to work as soon as possible and try and make things better,” said Bortles.

Over the past two summers Bortles has made trips to California to work with his own personal quarterback guru’s Adam Dedeaux and Tom House. Both Dedeaux and House have worked with Bortles to fix his throwing mechanics.

There’s no question Bortles mechanics have regressed in his third season. Bortles didn’t spend as much time in California this past offseason compared to the summer after his rookie season.

“We had a lot of guys here so I thought it was important to be here and be with those guys and working with those guys,” said Bortles. “And maybe that was best for me or maybe not. I don’t know. I think that’s part of it. Its part of figuring out your routine individually what your routine is in the offseason. I felt just after my rookie year when I went out there and spent all that time in California, I felt good and I think the play was definitely better than it has been this year. So maybe that’s what I need to do and where I need to be.”