JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Tim Tebow took on Chris Manhertz and the two players went through one-on-one in a special team-blocking drill during the Jacksonville Jaguars’ training session on Wednesday.
Manhertz won the matchup and “Winner, Manhertz” was immediately broadcast over the loudspeaker. The two made three more tries and the end result was 2-2 – each time the name of the winner was announced.
This was done with various one-on-one drills throughout training, and although part of Trainer Urban Meyer’s plan is to create a competitive atmosphere, keeping track of the winners and losers will also be an integral part of making roster decisions.
Win more of these matchups than you lose, and do so in all of the other competitions the Jaguars chase during the rest of the camp, and you have a much better chance of making it onto the team.
“A big squad becomes a smaller squad and I think, to be fair to the players, we all have so much respect [and] It’s a way guys make a living – I don’t believe in subjectivity, ”Meyer said. “I believe what is your record? Every man has a record. What is it? You are what your record [is]. If you lose a lot but have a lot of potential, that’s not really good.
“In the course of my career I can give you example for example [of players who] maybe they are a little slow, but they just never lose. “
Meyer started what he calls Winners and Losers during his sophomore season in Florida in 2006. Two years later, the Gators won again, and Meyer took the approach to Ohio State in 2012. Two years later, the Buckeyes won the national title. When he moved to the NFL last January, he decided to continue doing so, although the stakes in the one-on-one competitions could be higher at the Jaguars than at the Gators and Buckeyes because Meyer didn’t have to do so on his roster Cut college almost in half.
He used the results to determine the starters and playing time in college, but now when he and the staff pull out the results lists he will use them to decide who gets to stay. If there are two players on the bubble for the same seat, the player who won more will likely get it.
“Well, I’ve never done that before [used it to determine cuts]. That will be the first [time]’said Meyer [you] because I like you or because you’re from Ohio. It’s just: here are the statistics. They say statistics are for losers, and my comment is usually that losers say statistics are for losers.
“So you have a record. What’s your record How’s it going? I just think that’s a complete mentality. This Tom Brady guy, his record is really good. If you take him to the Buccaneers, it’s really good. really good.”
Wednesday was the first day of winners and losers for the Jaguars, and the two players who spoke after practice – defensive end Dawuane Smoot and receiver Laviska Shenault – said they don’t mind if Fernando Lovo, Meyer’s chief of staff, announces the winners gives after each repetition. Smoot said it was motivating.
“I feel like it definitely maintains that competitive spirit,” said Smoot. “We all try to hear our own name on the [public-address system] out in the big field anyway, it’s just great to hear it on the practice field. “
It’s certainly unusual at the NFL level, but it’s essentially another way to test the players and see how they react in competitive situations.
“There’s a way to do it and that’s eternal scrimmage and you can’t do that,” Meyer said. “But you can create scenarios where it’s one on one and then everyone has a score. What’s your record?”