Playing in Florida has its perks during the actual NFL season when the weather is typically not much of a problem, but for the Jacksonville Jaguars the unpredictable weather of the summer has affected their offseason practice schedule far too frequently.
On Tuesday, the Jaguars had to cancel their fifth OTA practice due to inclement weather and will not be allowed to reschedule the practice per NFL rules. This is the fourth practice that the Jaguars have had affected by weather so far this offseason, which is a big deal for a rebuilding team that will rely heavily on young and unproven players during the 2013 season.
This is not a brand new issue for the Jaguars, as they had several practices moved inside to the Jacksonville Memorial Arena down the road last offseason which did not provide them with an adequate amount of space to run a full practice. During the problems with the weather last summer, Jaguars owner Shad Khan mentioned the possibility of building an indoor facility for the Jaguars to use in the event of bad weather. However, nothing ever came of those discussion and as of now the team has no immediate plans to build an indoor practice facility.
The summer weather problem is not going to magically disappear in north Florida and given the strict rules on the number of practices teams can have during the offseason the Jaguars cannot afford to have this be an issue moving forward. Building an indoor facility seems like the only logical move for this franchise moving forward or having rained out practices is going to become too common an occurrence.
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