The Jaguars OTA practices were to end on Thursday, following a directive from the NFL to suspend the team’s final two practices, scheduled for next Monday and Tuesday, due to what the league has determined is an excessively intense regimen by the Jaguars this spring.
"The NFL Management Council and the NFL Players Association have resolved a complaint by the Players Association against the Jacksonville Jaguars concerning violations of the Collective Bargaining Agreement’s offseason workout rules," the NFL said in a statement to be released Thursday morning. "It was determined that the Jaguars violated the rules concerning the intensity and tempo of drills conducted on the club’s organized team activity days ("OTA days").
"As a result, the Jaguars will forfeit a week of their offseason program (June 21-25, 2010). Jaguars players are not permitted to be at the facility on those days, but will be paid for the sessions. The club cannot reschedule the cancelled days."
Now, before someone stupid comes in here and starts ranting that the league is shutting down Jags OTAs because the coach is just making the players "work hard," kindly take a moment to consider that teams like the Colts, Patriots, and the 2009 World Champion Saints all held intense, focused OTAs that required hard work from their players. However, unlike the Jaguars, the league didn't close down those OTAs, and the reason is there is a difference between hard work and slave driving.
It also highlights the continued mismanagement of the Jaguars under Del Rio's incompetent coaching regime that has produced only two playoff appearances in seven years.