Head coach Hue Jackson is keeping his pads on for the first time in his tenure in Jacksonville, even if he doesn’t know exactly why.
Jackson revealed during a news conference Monday that he was wearing a “logitech” mechanical keyboard while playing with the Jaguars in Week 1 of the regular season.
The former Steelers and Patriots offensive coordinator has said that he is the first head coach in NFL history to wear a keyboard while wearing pads, and it will be interesting to see if the league allows the same thing to continue.
A league spokesperson told The Associated Press that players who want to wear pads on the sideline will need to wear protective equipment and are subject to an ankle check.
However, NFL head coach John Harbaugh has said he will wear his gloves and a headband to play in the NFL this season, and the league’s rules prohibit players from wearing their gloves and headbands during games.
“The reason that it is a little more complicated than just wearing gloves and helmets, is because that would involve you having a helmet, and I’m not comfortable with that,” Jackson said.
That doesn’t mean there won’t be another adjustment for Jackson’s team, however.
He will be the first coach to wear the keyboard for a game this season.
The first time it happened was during an NFC playoff game against the Packers on Jan. 6, 2012, and Jackson said that during the meeting with team president Tom Condon and coach Jim Caldwell, he was asked whether he wanted to wear his glove or headband.
Jackson also said that his staff has been asked to do a lot of work during the offseason on how to protect players from the condensation system.
He said that when he was playing with a team last season, it was a concern for his players.
While it was the first year for the helmet-like system, Jackson said he also wore gloves for a few years before that.
The Jaguars are also trying to prevent condensation in the locker room.
During the season opener against the Tennessee Titans, Jackson had a small spill in the shower that was washed away by the shower stall.
Jackson was asked if he thinks it is possible to avoid this kind of issue with the new system.
“I think there is no question in my mind that if you can do the things that you’re doing to protect your players and your staff, then yes, it is,” Jackson responded.
“But if you don’t do those things, it’s not going to happen.”