Del Rio’s message: Jags need to ‘let loose and play’

Jack Del Rio says what the Jaguars really need is a spark. Any type of spark. He believes the rest will follow.

Del Rio, one of many NFL coaches holding news conferences on Wednesday, said he delivered that message to his team. Del Rio’s cure for what ails the Jaguars is pretty simple.

“Guys are, to a certain extent, are stressin’ and pressin’ a little bit,” Del Rio explained. “Those are not good things. As a football team, we need to make some plays, find that spark, have some fun and we’ll play a whole lot better. That’s what I believe.

“I talked to our guys today about the importance of recognizing that this league is full of pressure. That’s not your enemy. Your enemy is stress. Stress occurs when you’re not prepared. And when you are prepared, you should relish the opportunity, embrace the opportunity. That’s where we are as a football team. We need to understand we have paid a big price. We are a football team that has prepared itself. We need to let loose and play. That’s my message to our group. I believe it in all my heart.”

Del Rio wasn’t pressed about the inconsistent play of starting QB David Garrard, and he didn’t have a lot to say about the addition of Trent Edwards, who he said will start out as the third quarterback.

For those who are looking for wholesale changes, Del Rio indicated he’s staying the course.

“When you believe in what you’re doing, you have to have the courage to stay with it,” he added. “That’s what we’re doing right now.”

— Frank Tadych

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