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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- After watching his offense mostly struggle for seven games, Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley lost faith that coordinator Greg Olson could turn it around.So Bradley made a change. Bradley fired Olson on Saturday, two days after an embarrassing loss at Tennessee in which the Jaguars (2-5) failed to score in the first half for the third time this season.Bradley addressed the move Monday, calling it difficult but necessary.I just felt like the offense needed to be stimulated more in certain areas, he said. I just think with our team and where were at right now, the direction we wanted to go, we just wanted to have a little bit of a different vision. ... I just couldnt grasp in my mind that the results are going to change if we continue going in this direction.The Jaguars rank 26th in the NFL in total offense. They are 31st in rushing and last in third-down percentage.Bradley promoted quarterbacks coach Nate Hackett to replace Olson. Hackett will call plays when the Jaguars play at Kansas City (5-2) on Sunday. Hackett spent two years (2013-14) as Buffalos offensive coordinator. Now, hes the third in three years for Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles.Its been crazy. Its been an emotional roller-coaster, Hackett said. Its hard to have him go. And then its almost hard that Im also very excited, `Oh wow, this is exciting! And then you feel guilty being excited and then you realized we have a game in seven days and the players are like, `Oh gosh, whos this guy? Whats he going to be doing?Hackett brings a little more energy to the offensive meeting room. He also is expected to put more emphasis on the run game. The Jaguars have run the ball just 47 times for 207 yards in the last three games -- not nearly enough for a team that invested in the ground game by drafting T.J. Yeldon in 2015 and then signing Chris Ivory in free agency in March.I have always felt the best thing in the world for a quarterback is the run game, Hackett said. I have always absolutely loved running the ball. I remember my first year at the Bills. I believe we were like one of the tops in the league. ... I think that you always are going to want to try and run the ball as much as you can and try to force that envelope.Equally important to fixing the teams sputtering running game is getting Bortles back to his 2015 form.Bortles has completed 60 percent of his passes this season for 1,904 yards, with 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He has struggled with his accuracy, partly because his motion has become so elongated that defensive backs are breaking on passes and linemen are batting down balls.Hes hardly looked like the same guy who ranked second in the NFL with 35 TD passes last season. Bortles said Monday hes bringing in QB guru Adam Dedeaux to spend two days fine-tuning his throwing motion.Bortles said the two-day session will focus on footwork, which should translate to better upper-body mechanics.Everybody keeps telling me there are things wrong with him and I understand that because were not winning, but hes also done a lot of really good things, Hackett said. Sometimes people try to focus on all the negative things with Blake. I dont really do that. I try to look at more of the positive things and see how we can do those more to get him into a more comfort level.If you dont have the run game, you put a lot more on him to try and throw the ball so many times and youre in those situations. Its not good for any quarterback, let alone a third-year quarterback, and thats now going to be on his third coordinator. ... 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Thousands of fans at Mosaic Stadium will be cozying up to each other in an effort to stay warm in chilly temperatures and block the Prairie wind that locals say can knock your socks off. Harmon Killebrew Jersey . The Olympic champion curler and TSN curling analyst immediately went online to look at the Halls long list of honoured members. Thats when the enormity of the honour sunk in. Durham 291 (Borthwick 64, Collingwood 50, Anderson 3-5Cool need 247 runs to beat Lancashire 204 and 333 (Procter 122, Hameed 53, Stokes 3-50, Borthwick 3-98)Scorecard To appreciate the full perfection of this days cricket, it may be useful, just for a moment please, to recall this ground in December: the grass is tussocky and barely green at all; the outfield is marked out for junior football games; there are dishcloth skies and lowering dusks; and crows are perched in the bare balsam poplars like black commas, punctuating the winter.Now a Monday in July and summer is suddenly emerging from grey bedragglement. The sycamores at the Grosvenor Road End stand as if saluting its tardy arrival In the middle Haseeb Hameed and Luke Procter are building the 114-run partnership that will take Lancashire into the lead. From the direction of Harrod Drive, Ben Stokes is running in, determined to win the game for Durham and prove his fitness for the Manchester Test. But for all that Stokes and Borthwick may be in the selectors minds, this is not an international occasion. It is Lancashire and Durham badges which proliferate along with those of fine local clubs: Ormskirk, Fleetwood Hesketh, Sefton Park.Then Hameed, having taken 14 runs off a frolicsome four balls from Graham Onions and passed fifty for the sixth time in 15 innings this season, arches back but can only fend a fearsomely nasty short ball from Stokes to the substitute fielder, Jeremy Benton - almost a utility cricketer? - at third slip. Hameed, his sadness momentarily infinite, troops off without waiting for Rob Baileys finger. He receives a warm round of applause and the crowd settles again. Blue pastels and panamas are almost a uniform in the marquees. Petersen opens his account with a swept four off Borthwick, who is getting ever more joy from Grosvenor Road. There is a rattle of crockery as lunchtime approaches.Dreams may, indeed, take their time to arrive and be gone in a casual glance but that is no reason not to enjoy the reverie, be it a day at the cricket or the scent of a once-familiar perfume. Decembers come soon enough.But this day held its flawlessness through the afternoon session and on into the evening. A sip of Manzanilla before lunch Petersen was leg before to Borthwick when attempting to force the ball to leg and that dismissal heralded a Durham fightback on the resumption. Bowling from the Harrod Drive End, 19-year-old Adam Hickey, he of Benwell Hill CC, took his first Championship wickets when Steven Croft underclubbed a drive to Borthwick at mid-on and Karl Brown prodded him to Keaton Jennings at short-leg. Poor Brown is struggling badly at the moment and it is sad to see. .Those reverses left Lancashire with a lead of just 121 and only five wickets in hand but Tom Moores proved his mettle first by driving his ninth ball, bowled by Borthwick, for six and then by accompanying Procter to his second century of the season. Frankly Lancashires No3 needed all the nursemaiding that was on offer. Already he had nearly run hiimself out twice, once when simply dawdling and once, on 73, when his misunderstanding with Croft was unpunished thanks to Hickeys fumble.ddddddddddddProcter, though, is a true fighter and he has developed a method which suits him. True he crouches in his stance not so much like a fierce tiger about to pounce as an aged butler about to keel over. But like others with bizarre comportment at the wicket - Michael Yardy, Shivnarine Chanderpaul - his technique works for him and when he plays his cover-drives and pulls, the execution is as classical as Palairet could have wished. A scrambled single was called by the alert Moores and Procter sprinted to the bowlers end before giving a little leap of joy and holding his bat aloft to all and to sundry. He had batted for four minutes less than five hours and he may have played an innings which sets up a victory.The crowd stood to Procter when he reached three figures and they stood again nine overs after tea when he returned to the pavilion having made 122 off 282 balls. They applauded as well when the details of his innings were announced over the public address system for this was a day when people seem determined to relish every good thing. One saw their point.Two overs after Procter was out Moores failed to make his ground when called for a single by Kyle Jarvis. It says something about the 19-year-olds sangfroid during his second first-class innings that a run out seemed his most likely mode of dismissal. He had made 35 and had looked the part of a Division One cricketer. On the final day of this game, he will keep to Simon Kerrigan and Matt Parkinson on a turning pitch. Every day offers young Moores a new test, a new adventure and he looks as if he is enjoying every dashed minute of it.When Moores was out Lancashires lead was 196, competitive perhaps but nothing like the 250 for which Ashley Giles was looking. That was all but achieved thanks to a 27-run stand for the ninth wicket between Kerrigan and Nathan Buck and then thanks to Buck levying 16 runs off four balls from Borthwick, one of the sixes sailing over the Indoor School. Unlike the enjoyment derived by the crowd from this day, that ball is gone for over.Stokes ended the innings when Parkinson was caught at short leg but, as a bowler anyway, the all-rounder does not look quite at his fighting weight. Whether his batting is ready for the challenge of Mohammed Amir and Yasir Shahwell that, as Alan MacGilvray used to say, is for tomorrow.This evening spectators can smile ruefully at their sunburn and reflect on their days cricket. Tennis players are on their courts now but the light is still crystal-bright at a blessed Trafalgar Road. On the patio there is excited chatter and more clinking glasses as people discuss the several glories of the day. Someone is belting out Flower of Scotland, although God knows why. On second thoughts, there should be songs. ' ' '
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