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Jaguars' Blake Bortles brings in personal coach to help with mechanics

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles is finally getting some help.

Bortles is bringing in Adam Dedeaux, with whom he’s worked at Los Angeles-based 3DQB, to help him fix some issues that have developed this season. They will work together Monday and Tuesday on refining Bortles' lower-body mechanics, which Bortles said should help improve his accuracy and delivery.

"It’s kind of like anything else: when you struggle at doing what you’re supposed to do all the time, I think you try and fix it as quickly as possible rather than let it get worse," Bortles said Monday. "I’ll try to take care of that."

Bortles spent several weeks at 3DQB after his rookie season, working with Dedeaux and throwing guru and founder Tom House to refine his delivery and footwork. They got Bortles to shorten his windup, lengthen his delivery, and make sure his lower body is in tune with his upper body. That work seemed to pay off in 2015, when Bortles set franchise records for passing yards (4,428) and passing touchdowns (35).

Bortles hasn’t followed that up in 2016. He’s still completing less than 60 percent of his passes for 1,904 yards and 12 touchdowns with nine interceptions, but he has compiled most of those stats while playing with double-digit deficits. Seven TD passes have come when the Jaguars have been trailing by 10 or more points.

Bortles’ windup looks longer than it was in 2015, though the team says it isn’t. Bortles, however, is struggling with his accuracy, and that’s clearly evident even on wide open throws. He’s bouncing balls or throwing behind or low or high to receivers that are open. When receivers have to try and reach back or down for throws, it disrupts the timing of the route and decreases the chances of big plays.

Better footwork would help eliminate those errant throws, and that’s what Dedeaux and Bortles will be working on over the next 48 hours.

Jaguars offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, who was promoted to the position on Saturday after head coach Gus Bradley fired Greg Olson, said he has no issue with Bortles getting outside help.

"If Blake feels comfortable working with him, that’s awesome," Hackett said. "It’s somebody that he really leaned on last year and I knew about all that. It’s crazy, because when you look at the amount of time we get to be with everybody and the time that we get to practice, it’s not as much as everybody thinks. ... Guys have to get out there and they have to take care of some stuff themselves.

"If he’s got somebody that he trusts and he believes in and it makes him better and it makes him more confident, of course I want him to do that and I want to support that and I’ll be there with him and whatever it takes. It’s about him feeling comfortable, and if we can get that done then I think it’s just going to make us better."

Hackett, who was hired in January 2015 to be the Jaguars quarterback coach, said Bortles isn’t playing as badly as it might appear. He does need to play better, but so does everyone else -- and the coaches need to do a better job, too.

"Everybody keeps telling me there’s things wrong with him, and I understand that because we’re not winning, but he’s also done a lot of really good things, and I think that sometimes people try to focus on all the negative things with Blake," Hackett said. "... Maybe there’s an issue across the board from offensive line, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends. There’s so many things that go into it to say Blake is just playing horrible.

"It’s really we’re all in on this together. I mean we’re all in it from the whole offense, and I think that’s one thing I really want to make sure they all know, that it’s not just Blake; it’s not just this person or this person. It’s all of us."