Once he gained a certain level of coaching security, tied mostly to a big contract, Jack Del Rio rarely missed a chance to illustrate how the Jaguars needed an indoor practice facility.
He didn’t get what he wanted. But his successor Mike Mularkey will, per Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union.
Thunderstorms are frequent in Jacksonville, and they often throw the practice schedule into disarray. Recently weather forced the move of some practices to the club section of EverBank Field and another to Veteran’s Memorial Arena.
Those are hardly ideal conditions and put the team at a disadvantage compared to others around the league who aren't spending any time on a narrower than normal practice "field."
It’s a good move by new owner Shad Khan to agree to spend what’s needed to get the Jaguars in line with the competition.
As for what kind of structure and where it will be located, Jaguars CFO and senior vice president of stadium operations Bill Prescott told Ganguli:
"We’re obviously exploring a practice bubble vs. a metal structure, evaluating where it could possibly go in the context of where we are now in terms of the existing practice fields, the south end zone or any other location we could come up with. It’s really in the evaluation stages right now to understand what we can do with it."
At the same time, Prescott said the team's had conversations about the possibility dating back to 2005.
The earliest the team will be practicing inside is next year.