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3/4/15: The Jacksonville Jaguars have picked in the top 10 in the NFL draft so often in the last decade that they practically have a set reservation. In fact, they have had a top 10 pick every years since 2008 and this will be the fourth consecutive year picking in the top five. They will pick third again this season, and that may be linebacker Dante Fowler from nearby University of Florida. The Jags may also get active in free agency and another wide receiver could be in the mix. Do not be surprised if they try to persuade Randall Cobb to move to the Sunshine State to be a number one receiver.
2/25/15: Many may have forgotten, but wide receiver Justin Blackmon was a can't-miss prospect just a few years ago. He had/has amazing talent, but also had multiple drinking and driving incidents that led the NFL to suspend him indefinitely. The Jags publicly say that they support Blackmon in his recovery. Blackmon must apply for reinstatement if he is ever to play again. He did not play at all last season, so many wonder if he still can play at the highest of levels. He may have some rust to work through, but talent like his does not simply disappear.
2/18/15: For the foreseeable future, the fans of the Jacksonville Jaguars are going to have to deal with constant rumors and speculation that owner Shad Kahn is going to move the team. It is easy to put the pieces together. The Rams are likely to move out of St. Louis in a year or two as owner Stan Kroenke is building a stadium in the Los Angeles area. The Jaguars have a hard time selling tickets, though they are not last in the league. Not even last in Florida. Kahn's home is near St. Louis, and St. Louis is trying to build a new stadium. It should be noted that Kahn says he is staying in Jacksonville and the Jags are investing heavily in a new facility and multi-use development near Everbank Stadium.
2/11/15: The Jacksonville Jaguars are doing their best to make game day in downtown Jacksonville more than just a trip to a football game. Last year they announced the addition of swimming pools in the upper deck of the end zone sides and this year they are announcing a plan to develop The Shipyards, a city-owned vacant plot near the stadium. No formal plans have been submitted to the city, but there should be an update on February 16th. Speculation for the land includes a team training facility as well as a mixed-use development. That could mean bars and restaurants, or even a Jaguars Village type facility. It is also a good move by the Jags to show that they are committed to staying in Jacksonville.
2/5/15: Jags QB Blake Bortles may end up being a franchise quarterback, and that is the plan in Jacksonville. To help him get there, the Jags have brought in a new quarterbacks coach in Nathaniel Hackett. Hackett was the offensive coordinator in Buffalo under Doug Marrone. Marrone, of course is the new OC in Jacksonville and has the mammoth task of getting the Jags to score more points. Bortles is an extremely hard worker and already has workout plans with his receivers during the offseason. While many may have been disappointed in his rookie season, consider that Peyton Manning was 1-15 and threw a lot of interceptions in his rookie year.
1/28/15: Once again, the Jacksonville Jaguars are going back to the drawing board on offense. Last season was highlighted by the drafting and rookie season of Blake Bortles who is expected to be the face of the franchise. And what is old is new again. The Jaguars hired Greg Olson to be their new offensive coordinator - so he now has the task of developing Bortles to be a franchise QB and putting points on the board. If his name sounds familiar, it should. He was the QB coach in Jacksonville in 2012 and was most recently the OC for the Oakland Raiders.
1/21/15: It is probably not news anywhere besides northeast Florida, but former fan favorite fullback Greg Jones signed a deal to retire as a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jones spent most of his career in Jacksonville and was best known for bulldozing would-be tacklers. One of the best highlights anywhere is him running into a tackler with such force that it knocked down a second tackler behind the first - like clacking balls on an executive desk back in the 90's. For his time with the Jags, he ran for 911 yards and 10 touchdowns, but was beloved for his tough style.
1/14/15: The Jacksonville Jaguars are committed to playing a few games in London over a several year span, which has led some to speculate that they may one day move to the capital of England. They will not be moving in the near future, and, quite frankly, there is probably just as good of a chance that the Jags move to St. Louis as London at this point. In any case, the Jags will play Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills in London next season on October 4, 2015 and that will be a 1:30pm kickoff local time. Translate that to North America, and it means that the game will be at 9:30am Eastern Time.
1/7/15: Proving that personality and perception matters, Head coach Gus Bradley seems to have earned a pass from the media and fans, despite only winning seven games in his two years in the position, and actually winning less in 2014 than in 2013. The 3-13 record this season earned the Jags the third overall pick in 2015 draft, but they will not get the 'easiest' schedule of the division because Tennessee only won two games. The Jags hope they have their franchise QB in place with Blake Bortles, but they have drafted in the top 10 many times in the past seven years, but have very little to show for it.
12/3/14: While no one seems to mention it, Jacksonville has to realize that they have won only six games in close to two years under head coach Gus Bradley. Bradley, by all accounts, is a very positive and likeable guy. However, the record is what it is and sooner or later people are going to wonder if they are making progress. The Jags did earn their second victory of the season on Sunday over the New York Giants. They trailed 21-0 at one point and rallied for a dramatic 25-24 win on a field goal with 28 seconds remaining. So, there may be some progress. The 2-10 Jags are at home again this weekend to host the Houston Texans.
11/19/14: The Jags drafted Marquise Lee to be an elite wide receiver, that could (maybe?) be paired with troubled Justin Blackmon. Blackmon, of course, is suspended for his off-field issues and no one really knows when he will be reinstated. Lee has not done much of anything this season, while Cecil Shorts III and Alan Hurn are doing pretty well. If they could actually get everyone together, healthy and eligible, then the Jags could have an exciting offense. In the meantime, they had a bye last weekend and remained mired with one win on the season. They will need to be at their best this weekend if they want to beat host Indianapolis.
11/12/14: It was another week that the Jags can chalk up to experience. Jacksonville 'hosted' the Cowboys in Wembley Stadium in London last week. They continue to put up a good fight, but simply are not there as a team. While they lost 31-17, Blake Bortles did manage 290 yards in passing (though two INTs). Actually, this game came down to the rushing attack. Jacksonville only managed 71 yards on the ground while the Cowboys gained 151. At least this team is competing, which is hard to do in the situation they are in. The Jags fell to 1-9 on the season and have their bye this week.
11/5/14: It is fair to say that the Jaguars are improving, but it is also fair to say that they are not there yet. The Jags dropped their eighth game of the season in Cincinnati last Sunday, but they did put up a bit of a fight. QB Blake Bortles threw for 247 yards, two TDs and one INT while Denard Robinson tightened his grip on the starting running back roll with 94 yards and a touchdown. But the Bengals were simply too much for the young Jags, and Jacksonville fell 33-23. The Dallas Cowboys come to town this Sunday, and that is a chance to get a quality win, particularly if Tony Romo is still out.
10/29/14: Jacksonville earned their first victory of the season a week ago against Cleveland, but they could not keep the momentum going as they fell 27-13 at home to the Miami Dolphins last Sunday. Jacksonville seemed to move the chains pretty well, and the defense was not bad. But two interceptions leading to two touchdowns for the Miami defense was what sunk the ship. Blake Bortles may wind up being one of the better quarterbacks in the league someday, but he is still a rookie and makes rookie mistakes. Jacksonville is now 1-7 on the season and heads up to Cincinnati this Sunday.
10/22/14: Just like last season, the Jacksonville Jaguars were one of the last teams in the league to win their first game. But unlike last season, they did not have to wait until their ninth game, getting it done in ony seven games - so that should be considered some progress. The Jags got down 6-0 in the first half before taking control of the game and not surrendering any more points. QB Blake Bortles was not great, but did throw for a 31 yard touchdown. Denard Robinson got the start at running back and put up 127 yards and a score. The Jags try to make it two in a row when the host the Miami Dolphins this Sunday.
10/15/14: Jacksonville had a chance to pull out an upset win over the division rival Tennessee Titans in the final seconds, but kicker Josh Scobee's 55 yard attempt with 12 seconds left was blocked. The first three quarters were not terribly exciting, but the end of the game made up for it. Tennessee led 16-7 with less than a minute to play. The Jags got a touchdown and two point conversion, then recovered an onside kick. But the blocked kick ended the game at 16-14. Blake Bortles continues to develop well and threw for over 300 yards, so that is encouraging. Jacksonville is back home this Sunday to host the surprising Cleveland Browns.
10/8/14: The Jacksonville Jaguars continue to be a work in progress. The fell to 0-5 on the season last Sunday, but there were some good things to take out of it. First, the defense is actually coming along nicely. While they allowed almost 400 yards of offense to Pittsburgh, they only yielded 17 points. They also had four sacks on the day, showing that there is life on the defensive line. The team also kept this game close rather than falling apart in the second half. QB Blake Bortles still needs some work (and could use some healthy receivers). The other focus has to be the running game, which has been non-existent so far. The Jags head to Tennessee this Sunday.
10/1/14: The Chad Henne Bridge QB Era has ended in Jacksonville, meaning that No. 3 overall pick Blake Bortles got his first start last Sunday. The start was on the road against the surprisingly strong San Diego Chargers. It was pretty much as to be expected for the rookie. He was 29 of 37 passing for 253 yards, meaning his passes were of the short variety most of the game. He did throw for a touchdown, but had two interceptions. There was a Toby Gerhart sighting (sort-of). He managed only 40 total yards, but did have a touchdown in the 33-14 loss. Bortles gets his first home start on Sunday when the Jags (0-4) host the Steelers (2-2).
9/24/14: The Jags have started the current season in the same way they started last year, by dropping their first three games (the 2013 Jags lost their first eight games before going 4-4 in the second half of the season). But there is a ray of sunshine this season, other than a top draft pick. After trailing 30-0 at halftime, head coach Gus Bradley reversed course and put in third overall draft pick Blake Bortles - and announced that Bortles would be the starter for the rest of the season. Bortles threw for 223 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the second half. He will get his first start on Sunday at San Diego.
9/17/14: Since jumping out to a quick 17-0 lead over the Eagles in the first half of Week 1, the Jaguars have not been able to do much with the football. Example number two came last Sunday at Washington, where the Jags were only able to put up 10 points against a shorthanded opponent. QB Chad Henne's days as starter may be limited now. He was only 14-28 for 193 yards - an average of less than seven yards per reception. Jacksonville abandoned the run, rushing only 10 times on the day - which is a bad sign. Jacksonville gets their first home game of the season this Sunday when they host the Colts.
8/28/14: The Jags had a plan when they selected QB Blake Bortles with the third overall pick in the NFL Draft back in May. He will be the franchise quarterback, just not right away. The Jags seem to be sticking to that plan and Chad Henne will get the start on opening day. Henne is not an elite QB by any means, but he is serviceable. On the other hand, Bortles continues to impress in camp and preseason games and even threw his first touchdown pass against the Lions last Friday. He is playing well enough that he may not be the second stringer very long. And if his play is any indication of the future, then the Jags made the right choice.
8/21/14: Ok, so it is necessary to temper the excitement, but it looks like the Jags hit a homerun with QB Blake Bortles. He is only a few weeks into training camp and has only played in two preseason games (with lower depth guys). That is understood. However, he went 11-17 for 140 yards last week. He looks good in the pocket and his practice habits are impeccable. The Jags may not be able to keep him on the bench in his rookie season. He may have had the least amount of hype of QBs in the draft, but he is showing that he was the best pick.
8/14/14: The Jacksonville plan in regards to the QB position has been simple so far: Chad Henne is the starter for this season and Blake Bortles will be given time to learn and develop in his rookie season. The Jags may have to abandon that plan at some point because Bortles, the first QB taken in the draft at third overall, has been better than advertised. He works hard. He studies. He is not a distraction (looking at you, Cleveland). He also played very well in his first preseason game. So while the plan may be to have Bortles tote the clipboard this season, it may be Henne who is on the bench sooner rather than later.
8/7/14: When the Jacksonville Jaguars selected QB Blake Bortles with the third overall pick (and first QB off the board) in the draft back in May, they did so with good reason. Certainly Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) and Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville) were higher profile guys. But Bortles is has the most upside and does not come with the media baggage. While none have played a game in the NFL, Bortles is proving himself to be a dedicated student of the game. This bodes well for the Jags, as they have a guy that does everything to get better and is flying under the media radar.
7/31/14: Jags' wide receiver Justin Blackmon was arrested again, which could put his career in the NFL in jeopardy. Blackmon is a tremendously talented player and was drafted sixth overall just a couple of years ago. He had a strong rookie campaign, but was suspended much of last season and was facing a full year suspension this season. This latest arrest will only hurt his chances of coming back. Still, the Jags say they support him. At this point, the football aspect is secondary to trying to get his life back on track, so hopefully this will be a wake-up call for him.
7/24/14: Fairly or unfairly, new Jags running back Toby Gerhart has earned a perception of a plodding power back that runs only north-south and smashes through the line of scrimmage. The reality is actually much different and he handled himself quite well when he got the chance in Minnesota (usually when Adrian Peterson was injured). He is now the starting running back in Jacksonville and could double his 276 career regular season in 2014. Head coach Gus Bradley says he is much faster than anticipated and that bodes well for the team as they try to rebuild this season.
7/17/14: The Jags' most notable and talented wide receiver, Justin Blackmon, is suspended for the season, and that may make people think that they do not have anymore receiving weapons. But the team actually has a respectable receiving corps, particularly in the unsung Cecil Shorts III. Shorts and fellow Jags' WR Mike Brown are up in Minnesota working out at Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals) wide receiver camp. So instead of engaging word wars on social media, they are working to improve their craft, and therefore surprise a few teams come football season. They may be picked to win only a handful of games, but a season nearing .500 is not out of the realm of possibilities.
7/10/14: New wide receiver Marqise Lee feels like he is fitting in well with his new Jags teammates. He admitted that he was concerned about the transition from college to the professional ranks, but that quickly subsided because the other players have been great to work with and help with the transition. He credits the veterans on both sides of the ball for spending extra time with him on the playbook. The Jags players have bought into head coach Gus Bradley's style and enthusiasm, and they are pretty optimistic after finishing the second half of the season at 4-4 (especially after starting the season 0-8).
7/3/14: The Jags may have selected the right man to lead them over the next decade or so when they pick Blake Bortles to be their QB of the future with the third overall pick back in May. By all accounts, Bortles is a humble and hard working guy that realizes that he will have a redshirt year in his rookie season in the NFL. He is taking that time to learn from veteran Chad Henne, who himself is playing for a contract from a new team for next year. Bortles admitted that he thought that he may be going to Cleveland, that is until the Jags stepped in and took him third overall.
6/26/14: The Jaguars finally got their deal done with first round draft pick (third overall pick) Blake Bortles. While the current Collective Bargaining Agreement essentially slots the pay for rookies signing their first contract, the top draft picks have been a bit longer to sign over the last few years because of so-called 'offset language'. For Bortles (and the Rams Greg Robinson) this means that should he be cut in term of the contract, that he can sign anywhere else and keep all of the money from this contract. His first duty as an official NFL player? Heading back to his hometown of Orlando for a Jaguars fan festival.
6/19/14: Jacksonville is getting creative in luring fans to attend their games. They are installing party suites, cabanas, and even pools in the upper deck to make the game experience more appealing, particularly to corporate sponsors and ticket buyers. It is no secret that the Jags have struggled to fill the stadium and they have even put tarps over the top sections of the venue to reduce the sell out requirement to air games locally on TV. That being said, they did draw more per game last season than the cross-state Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Adding the party zones with pools is a novel idea, and hopefully will boost interest in going to the games.
6/12/14: Ace Sanders has only been in Jacksonville one season, but he may be on the way out already. He was a fourth round pick in 2013, and had a decent rookie campaign with 51 receptions for 484 yards. He also returned 25 punts with a 5.6 yard per return. Those stats tend to show the issue. He can catch balls, but is not getting many yards after the catch. At 5'7, the way to stay in the league is to be able to make guys miss. Sanders may have trouble staying on the 53 man roster, and even with Justin Blackmon suspended indefinitely, the Jags may think they still have better options.
6/6/14: It has been well documented how the Jags want to play Chad Henne at QB this coming season with third overall pick Blake Bortles basically redshirting for year before taking the reigns. Despite the recent success of young QBs like Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, and Russell Wilson, the approach the Jags are taking is the one used in the league for generations. There is a third QB option in Ricky Stanzi. He is doing his part to convince the team to keep three QBs on the roster. He probably will not see the field, even if he makes the team, but could always be a valuable tool for depth and experience.
5/29/14: The Jags have been building interest, at least in Florida, since they drafted QB Blake Bortles with the third overall pick a few weeks ago. Bortles is from the Orlando area and played his college ball at the University of Central Florida, which is about two hours away. Bortles is expected to backup Chad Henne this coming season and take the reigns in 2015. The Jags get a lot of criticism for not filling up their stadium. At the same time, they still averaged more fans per game than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season - and that is after tarping off the top section.
5/22/14: The Blake Bortles era is about to begin in Jacksonville. Sort of. It is no secret that the team is in dire need of a franchise QB. The team reached for Blaine Gabbert three years ago and that proved to be an unmitigated disaster. So the Jags hit the 'reset' button. But Bortles is not expected to start right away. The team says that Chad Henne will be the starter next season and Bortles will get the nod in 2015. That is not a bad plan, and, in fact, was how it was done throughout the history of the NFL until recently. Perhaps Gabbert would still be there if the Jags had used that method with him rather than rushing him into duty so early.
5/15/14: The Jags have needed a franchise quarterback really since Mark Brunell left. Sure, they got a few good years out of David Garrard among others, but have not had a top tier QB for over a decade. The Jags are trying to rectify that and selected Blake Bortles from University of Central Florida with their first round pick (#3 overall). Bortles was the first QB off the draft board and is also from Florida. He grew up and played his college football in the Orlando area, so he only about two hours away from his home.
5/8/14: The Jacksonville Jaguars moved up two years ago to select wide receiver Justin Blackmon, in the first round. The actually moved up past the St. Louis Rams to do so, and had aspirations that he would be an elite receiver in the NFL. He certainly has the skills and has put up impressive stats when he has been available. Of course he is serving he second suspension since he came into the league, and the Jags do not expect him to be eligible to play at all in the 2014 season. The suspension, they expect, will go for at least through the next season. What has not been determined is if the Jags will keep Blackmon around after he is reinstated.
5/1/14: Most thoughts about the Jags these days focus on what the team will do in the draft. They have the third overall pick and desperately need a franchise QB. Chad Henne is coming back, and he is not a bad option for a year (maybe two). However, he is not the long term solution. Many expect the Jags to take Johnny Manziel with the third pick. He certainly will make the team relevant and should put fans in the seats. Of course, the team cannot afford to miss on another first round draft pick, so the Jags must proceed with caution.
4/24/14: Anyone who has paid attention to the NFL over the past few years knows that the Jags need a franchise QB. Blaine Gabbert was obviously not the answer. Chad Henne has been serviceable, but is not an elite quarterback. He will be back next season and could serve as a good gap option. The Jags look like they have interest in Teddy Bridgewater out of Louisville. Jacksonville has now had two workouts with Bridgewater, whom they could select with the number three pick overall. Many people believe that Bridgewater's stock has fallen in the past couple of months, but that would mean nothing if the Jags like him enough.
4/17/14: The Jags are playing very coy with what they are going to do with the third overall pick. True, the team has a lot of holes to fill, so they really should not be able to go wrong with this pick. Jacksonville is hosting everyone in sight right now. That includes the top quarterbacks (Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel, and Blake Bortles), 'second tier' QBs, Jadeveon Clowney and top wide receivers. Part of it may be to evaluate each of the players, but it also could be a smoke screen so no one can figure out what they will do with the third pick.
4/10/14: The NFL draft is still a month away. A lot of things can change including free agent signings, injuries and trades. There is also a lot of smoke screens being laid by coaches and GMs. That being said, it is looking more and more like the Jags will have their pick of QBs when they take the podium with the third overall pick next month. Houston seems to be falling love with defensive lineman JaDaveon Clowney while St. Louis does not need a QB. There is no consensus on who the top QB is this season. However, for a team that needs to gain relevancy, picking Johnny Manziel from Texas A&M would certainly create a buzz.
4/3/14: The Jaguars officially said goodbye to a long-time fan favorite and face of the franchise in running back Maurice Jones-Drew. Jones-Drew tried to get a long term deal from the club two years ago and held out of training camp. He was unsuccessful. The Jags let him walk after having two disappointing years that were marred by injury. Jones-Drew signed with the Oakland Raiders, his hometown team. Jacksonville did sign RB Toby Gerhart, who has been Adrian Peterson's backup in Minnesota for the past four years. Head coach Gus Bradley said that Gerhart could see 18 touches a game as an every-down back.
3/27/14: The Jags hired Gus Bradley in 2013 as head coach to rebuild the team. He had been the defensive coordinator of a terrific Seattle defense (one that won the Super Bowl in the season after he left). One common theme that many people rave about is Bradley's unbridled optimism. Apparently, his former players in Seattle loved him, as three from the defense signed with Jacksonville in free agency. Bradley did it again by getting running back Toby Gerhart to sign with the Jags. Gerhart himself says that Bradley's enthusiasm was a key reason for his decision. Don't look now, but Jacksonville is quietly putting together a decent roster.
3/20/14: This is not a prediction that the Jags will win the Super Bowl, or their division, or even make the playoffs, but they are having a pretty good free agency period up to this point. They have been able to pull in a few players from the Super Bowl winning Seattle Seahawks as they reshape their roster. It probably helps that head coach Gus Bradley is only about 14 months removed from being the defensive coordinator in Seattle and knows their players well. They also did well in trading QB Blaine Gabbert for a sixth rounder from the 49ers, rather than releasing him for nothing.
3/13/14: There had been some speculation that the Jags would not take a QB in the first round this draft, but would get Chad Henne back under contract and draft for other needs. That scenario got more likely as the team and Henne agreed to a two year deal for $8 million with $4.5 guaranteed. Henne then becomes a 'bridge quarterback', allowing the Jags to get someone in the draft with the expectation of grooming him for a year or two. Henne was surprisingly effective last season and really played well in the last six weeks or so, especially since he did not have his top targets to work with. Not a bad move if the Jags are thinking long-term.
3/6/14: There is a very good chance that longtime Jags running back Maurice Jones-Drew will not be back next season. He is getting up there in age and wants a big contract - likely the last big one he will be able to get. While it is uncertain where MJD will end up, the team seems to want to give Denard Robinson more time at running back. Last season, Robinson's rookie year, he was listed as 'offensive weapon', though did not see much time on the field. That should in 2014, and head coach Gus Bradley says that Robinson will get plenty of chances to play this time around.
2/27/14: Jacksonville is a curious case this fine draft season. They obviously want a franchise QB, but need help almost everywhere to get back to being a competitive team. One mock draft has the Jags trading with the Rams in terms of draft order. In that scenario, the Jags would move up one spot so they could grab a QB. That seems pretty far fetched considering the Rams will not use the second overall pick on a QB. It would make sense, though, if the Jags wanted star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney or wanted to prevent someone from jumping them. Either way, it seems like an expensive proposition and the Jags may well stay put with the third overall pick.
2/20/14: Like fellow running backs Knowshawn Moreno (Denver Broncos) and Darren McFadden (Oakland Raiders), Jags star RB Maurice Jones-Drew is likely to be looking for work and earning a new uniform in the 2014 season. MJD has been a standout in Jacksonville, and (unlike Moreno and McFadden) has been relatively healthy for his career. But he will carry a bigger price tag than the Jags want to pay, and they already stood him down when he tried to hold out for an extension two years ago. Also, since the Jags are rebuilding, it probably makes sense to go with a young veteran or draft someone new.
2/13/14: One of the big questions surrounding the Jags is if star running back Maurice Jones-Drew will be back next season. MJD is a free agent, and he is getting up there in years. The team famously refused to give him an extension a couple of years ago, and they had good reason for that. MJD is aging. The team has a lot of needs. He would be very expensive. And the list goes on. On the other hand, he is one of the most popular players in franchise history. Jones-Drew may return next season, but realistically, that seems unlikely as the Jags are trying to completely rebuild.
2/6/14: Jags' owner Shad Khan made a couple notable public statements this past week. First is that the team will draft a quarterback. That may have been the worst kept secret of all time, as everyone who follows football knows the Jags need a franchise QB. Chad Henne will probably be brought back to compete for the starting job, and there is nothing wrong with letting a rookie QB sit and learn the NFL game for a year or two. Also, Kahn hopes that WR Justin Blackmon's problems are behind him and says the team will welcome him back when his suspension is terminated.
1/30/14: OK, let's think about this for a minute. The Colts own the AFC South now and probably for the next few years. Meanwhile, the Titans and Texans are trying to get better while the Jags are in full rebuild mode. Jacksonville has a decent defense and some pretty good skill players. They also have an energetic coach that players respond to. So what to do in the draft. It may be in the Jags best interest to bypass a QB early and get Jadaveon Clowney with the third pick. They could let Chad Henne lead the team and develop a new QB from a later round, and that may help them out in the long term rather than go after a QB early.
1/23/14: The Jags, of course, are in need of a starting QB. They drafted Blaine Gabbert three years ago and he has not developed into the player they envisioned. Chad Henne filled in admirably last season and got four wins in the final eight games, but he is not the long term answer. Jacksonville picks third in the draft and will have the chance at Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles, and/or Teddy Bridgewater. Manziel may be a great pick because of his name recognition to help sell tickets. While the Jags issues with sellout has been overblown, it would not hurt at all to generate some excitement in the city with Manziel.
1/16/14: Interesting times in Jacksonville. QB Chad Henne seems to understand that he will not be around next season, yet fellow QB Blaine Gabbert is saying that he expects to compete for the starting job next season. It is kind of sad, actually. Gabbert has all the physical tools to play QB in the NFL, but has been hampered by bad teams, bad coaching, and unrealistic expectations. Gabbert could actually turn out to be a good QB, but probably needs a fresh start elsewhere as a backup. Henne, however, could stick around and mentor a young QB for a year, and that may well benefit the Jags in the longrun.
1/9/14: Jacksonville did not win a lot of games last season - just four in total. The teams they beat were Houston (twice), Tennessee, and Cleveland. Those teams have a few things in common - all had losing records. All had serious QB problems due to injury or poor play. And all fired their head coach after the season. In short, losing to the Jags was a fireable offense. Jacksonville has a top five pick in the draft in May. They are expected to take a QB, but there is an argument to be made for taking Jadaveon Clowney if he is available, or even trading down for more picks.
1/2/14: The 2013 season is finally over for the Jacksonville Jaguars, and it was a tough season by any stretch. The team lost their first eight games of the season, but did come back to win four of the final eight. Everyone knows that QB Blaine Gabbert has been a bust and that Chad Henne is not the long-term solution. Most experts have the Jags taking a franchise QB with their first round pick. However, Henne has proven serviceable, so there is always a chance that the Jags could take someone like Jadavian Clowney with their first pick and get a QB later (to groom under Henne for a year or two).
12/26/13: Head coach Gus Bradley is trying to make the Jags relevant again. They have been an afterthought in the league for several years now, and many experts thought they would be the worst team in the league this season. But the Jags have bought into Bradley's message. They are not winning - the team lost 20-16 to the Titans last Sunday - but they are still playing hard. The offseason is looming and there are questions as to whether or not Maurice Jones Drew will be back or not. That is not know yet, but the team does look like they are on the way up at this point.
12/19/13: Jacksonville has played well of late and seems to have bought into head coach Gus Bradley's message and techniques. The Jags are clearly in rebuilding mode and were looking for their first four game winning streak since 2007. Unfortunately, the Buffalo Bills had other ideas. Buffalo effectively balanced their rushing and passing attacks to gain almost 350 yards, as the Jags fell 27-20. Of course, the Jags are out of playoff contention, but are showing that they are a team on the rise and could surprise a few people next year. Jacksonville (4-10) host the rival Titans (5-9) this Sunday.
12/12/13: The Jacksonville Jags have shown a lot of progress over the past several weeks. They have won four of their last five games and their last three in a row. The latest win was a 27-20 victory over the hapless Houston Texans, and really showed that the team has bought into head coach Gus Bradley's word. The Jags will have a high draft pick in April, but they are finding that QB Chad Henne can be a serviceable stopgap solution. One option available is to draft a new franchise quarterback, but then not ruin him by forcing him to play to early and instead letting him learn and develop for a year or two.
12/5/12: Believe it or not, but the Jags are one of the hottest teams in the NFL right now. They have won three of their past four games, most recently knocking off the Cleveland Browns 32-28. While their record will not get them into a playoff game, they are still 3-9 on the season, they are still playing as well as they have all year. They managed to win this game with a late touchdown, overcoming Browns' WR Josh Gordons' huge day of over 200 yards receiving. They have a short week as they host the 2-11 Texans this Thursday night.
11/28/13: The Jags may not be the worse team in the NFL. Apparently that dishonor is falling to the Houston Texans. The Jags beat the Texans 13-7 in Houston for their second win of the season. QB Chad Henne threw for a respectable 239 yards (though no touchdowns) while running back Maurice Jones-Drew ran for 84 yards and a score. The win gives the Jags the edge in avoiding the AFC South cellar for now. The Jags are back on the road this Sunday as they try to extend their winning streak to two games against the 4-7 Browns, who will be likely starting Brandon Wheedon (again) at QB.
11/21/13: Jacksonville really tried to get a win streak going. A week after upsetting the Tennessee Titans, the Jags hosted the Arizona Cardinals in a winable game. The teams were tied at 14 apiece at halftime. Unfortunately, the Jags could not muster any more offense in the second half and lost 27-14. QB Chad Henne was 27-42 for 255 yards and a touchdown on the day. Yet the Jags could not run the ball. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew led Jags rushers with only 23 yards. It was another tough one for the Jags and their fans. Jacksonville has a chance at win number two next week when they visit the Texans (2-8).
11/14/13: Jacksonville had a realistic shot of going 0-16 this season, especially after they lost their best receiver, Justin Blackmon, to suspension for the rest of the season. However, they came ready to play against Tennessee and earned their first victory of the season. The Jags offense wasn't pretty - Chad Henne only had 180 yards passing on 14 completions and Maurice Jones Drew and Jordan Todman combined for only 52 yards on 24 carries - but they did score a few touchdowns and held off the Titans 29-27. Jacksonville will try to make a win streak as they host the Arizona Cardinals this Sunday.
11/7/13: The season cannot get much worse for the Jaguars who even lose when they can't lose. The Jags had their bye in week 9, but learned that their best wide receiver and most explosive offensive threat, Justin Blackmon, will be suspended for the remainder of the season. Blackmon was suspended for the first four games of the season for a violation of the league's substance abuse policy, and this looks like another violation. The Jags are saying they will keep Blackmon and try to help him out, of course Blackmon must want to help himself in order to progress.
10/31/13: It is bad enough to get beat at home, but almost cruel when the league sends you to another continent for your next crushing defeat. However, that is exactly what happened to the Jags as they fell to 0-8 with a 42-10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday. Chadd Henne started at quarterback again, and may have won the job from Blaine Gabbert. Henne completed 29 of 45 passes for 228 yards and a touchdown, but the 49ers were simply too much - as expected. Jacksonville will not lose this week, guaranteed. They have a bye week.
10/24/13: The misery in Jacksonville continued in Week 7 with the Jags remaining winless in a 24-6 loss to the visiting San Diego Chargers. With Chad Henne starting at QB for the injured Blaine Gabbert, the Jaguars were able to move the ball fairly effectively. Henne threw for 318 yards, but the team just could not score touchdowns. Rookie WR Mike Brown had five catches for 120 yards, while Cecil shorts had eight for 80 yards and Justin Blackmon had six for 59 yards. The Jags will likely fall to 0-8 after next week when they take on the San Francisco 49ers in London.
10/17/13: Granted there are no moral victories, but this has to be as close to one as there can be in the NFL. The Jags stayed winless on the season by losing 35-19 to the Denver Broncos - the consensus 'best team in the NFL'. Losing is not good, of course, but the line on the game was 28 points. In fact, the Jags only trailed by two at halftime. WR Justin Blackmon had another great game with 190 yards receiving. Unfortunately, WR Cecil Shorts left the game with an injury and his status is unknown. The team is better with Chad Henne at QB, and will win a game or two this season.
10/10/13: The terrible Jaguars' season continued over the weekend with yet another loss. Many thought that this game against the St. Louis Rams was the Jags' best chance for a win, but the Rams won the game 34-20. Wide Receiver Justin Blackmon returned from suspension and had over 130 yards and a touchdown. QB Blaine Gabbert left in the third quarter with a hamstring injury. He was relieved by Chad Henne who provided a bit of a spark and may now get the starting job. Jacksonville plays Denver this week, who is setting records with their offense. The line is expected to be the largest point spread in history.
10/3/13: The Jags are not a good pro football team this season, and that is obvious to everyone. QB Blaine Gabbert returned from injury but was not able to improve the team in any way, as Jags (0-4) fell to the Indianapolis Colts (3-1) 37-3. Gabbert managed only 179 yards passing, zero TDs, and three interceptions. Cecil Shorts led the team with 69 receiving yards. Maurice Jones-Drew was held to only 23 yards rushing on the day. The Jags get suspended wide receiver Justin Blackmon back in Week 5 when they head to St. Louis to play the Rams (1-3).
9/26/13: Nothing is going right for the Jags these days. The team was a 19.5 point underdog in Seattle, and that was not enough as the Seahawks simply overpowered the Jags 45-17. Seattle even put in their second string in the third quarter, but the Jags could not keep pace. A small group (about a dozen people) marched at the team's home stadium during the week to demand signing Tim Tebow. At this point, it could not hurt. The Jags get QB Blaine Gabbert back this Sunday. The host the Indianapolis Colts (2-1) in a division game.
9/19/13: This is shaping up to be a long, long season in Jacksonville. The Jags, unfortunately, are considered to be among the worst teams in the NFL and may have blown their best chance for a win this season by losing 19-9 in Oakland in Week 2. Chad Henne replaced the injured Blaine Gabbert as the starting quarterback and threw for 241 yards and one TD. It is unlikely that they would have been any better with Gabbert. Henne will likely start in Week 3. The Jags stay on the west coast to play Seattle (2-0) in a late Sunday afternoon game.
9/12/13: It is only one game into the Gus Bradley era in Jacksonville and the concern is that things have gotten worse. The Jags finished 2-14 last season and opened, at home, against the other 2-14 team in the NFL - the Kansas City Chiefs. It was easy to tell which direction each team is headed as KC rolled to an easy 28-2 victory. The lack of offense was particularly telling, especially since Maurice Jones-Drew was an afterthought. QB Blaine Gabbert severely cut his hurt thumb and will be out in Week 2 when the Jags travel to Oakland to face the Raiders. If Jacksonville does not win this one, then it may be a long season.
9/4/13: How demoralizing is the Jaguars' quarterback situation? Everyone already knows that 'competition' between Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne was won by Gabbert, and that does not instill a lot of optimism in the fan base. But more interesting is that the number 3 job was won by a guy that has not practiced yet. That means that two other QBs (Matt Scott and Mike Kafka) played so poor that a guy not around was deemed better. Scott and Kafka were cut while the team kept Ricky Stanzi. Another surprising move was that Jags cut veteran cornerback Marcus Trufant. Trufant is very good and should have no problem finding a better team quickly.
8/29/13: Blaine Gabbert has officially won the starting quarterback job for the Jags. Of course he will not be seen on the field until at least the opening weekend due to a fractured thumb. In the meantime, backup Chad Henne is holding down the fort. He looked good in the third preseason game against Philadelphia, connecting with Justin Blackmon for an easy score. However, it looks as though the team wants to see what they have in Gabbert. BG has all the physical tools and good mechanics, but simply needs to develop. That likely makes this a make or break year for him.
8/22/13: The Jags unveiled their new uniforms, which include helmets that are gold in the front and fade to black in the back. As one commentator put it, they look like a '77 Trans Am. That is a pretty good description, even if it is not what the Jags were going for. But that is not the concern right now. QB Blaine Gabbert has looked serviceable, at least in the second preseason game against the Jets. He threw for 167 yards and a touchdown in about a quarter and a half. However, he sprained his thumb in the game and will miss some time. The backup option is Chad Henne, who has never distinguished himself as a bonafide starter.
8/15/13: Jaguars fans have to be getting pretty nervous at this point. Their star running back, Maurice Jones Drew, missed 11 games last season with a foot injury. He missed the preseason opener as well. MJD is among the few bright spots on the Jacksonville offense, and his presence only helps who ever is under center. WR Justin Blackmon is suspended for the first four games this season, so the Jags need every bit of offensive talent they can muster. If MJD is still hurt, then a potentially long season just got longer for the long-suffering Jags fans.
8/8/13: There were a lot of jokes on social media this week when QB Blaine Gabbert left training camp due to a sprained ankle. The joke centered around that Jags fans are happy that he is out of the QB competition for now. What is no joke is that the team has to figure out a way to get better. Gabbert has not lived up to his 10th overall pick status, but he is still only 22 years old and has a lot of raw talent. The better bet is to be patient with him - at least for this season where the Jags are not going anywhere - and let him develop. If he does not show signs of improvement - then it is time to move on.
8/1/13: The Jacksonville Jaguars have been routinely ridiculed for putting tarps over the top section of their stadium to enhance their chances of getting a sellout (and avoiding local TV blackouts). What is interesting is that the Jags have outdrawn their Florida counterparts (the Dolphins and Bucs) even with the tarps. President Mark Lamping made the bold prediction that the Jags will not have any blackouts this season - meaning they will sell out every game (or at least 85% sellout). It would be good for the team to do that, but they must start winning to get more people in the stands.
7/25/13: Often overlooked by NFL pundits and casual fans, while they mock the Jacksonville Jaguars, is that the team has had significant injuries over the past year. Sure, Blaine Gabbert was probably a stretch as the 10th pick and the team will play a lot of games in London over the next few years - but they have also been without their star running back Maurice Jones-Drew. The team will examine him next week and make sure that he is good to go for training camp, as well as wide receiver Justin Blackmon. In truth, the team has some offensive talent and may be better than people realize this season.
7/18/13: When Jacksonville agreed to take the St. Louis Rams' spot in playing games in London for the next three years, many people speculated that it was the beginning of trying to move the team to England. Now, new owner Shad Kahn has purchased the English soccer team, Fulham - so the speculation is at full boil. The interesting argument is that the Jags cannot sell out their stadium and therefore they are liable to move. However, the Jags averaged higher attendance than both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins. And the Bucs have an owner that owns an English soccer team as well.
7/11/13: We already know that the Jags will be without wide receiver Justin Blackmon for the first four games for violating the league's illegal substance program. That suspension allows him to work out with the team during training camp and play in pre-season games. It is possible that Blackmon will miss part or even all of training camp. He had surgery on his groin recently and may not be cleared to practice by the time training camp starts. With the emergence of fellow wide receiver Cecil Shorts, the Jags actually have a very good and young tandem at WR. Now they need for a QB to step up and get them the ball.
7/4/13: It looks like the Jags have committed themselves to either Blaine Gabbert or Chad Henne as the starting QB. Gabbert probably has more upside, but has not been very effective in his first two years in the league. Henne is more consistent, but no one believes at this point that he is a long term solution. This makes the selection of Denard Robinson more interesting. Robinson played QB at Michigan for a couple of years, and did pretty well. But where does he fit in here? Could he excel as a running back or WR, or maybe a return man? Only Gus Bradley knows, which keeps the rest of us guessing.
6/27/13: The Jaguars announced that they would join the ranks of Big Screen Teams by installing a new Jumbotron that would be 301'x52'. That is one foot longer than the length of the football field. Here is the problem. The Jags are committed to $23 million while the City of Jacksonville is on the hook for the other $40 million. J'ville does not have the money for that and some city council members are upset that the mayor agreed to it. Jags fans may point to this being a sign that the team is staying an not going to L.A. or London. However, in the talks of billions of dollars, this is nothing but a nice PR stunt.
6/20/13: The Jags signed four former Patriots players this offseason. Maybe that is why they did not want to go after hometown hero Tim Tebow. Maybe they want him to be an ex-Pat first. But they did draft Denard Robinson out of Michigan. Robinson is a slash player. He played both quarterback and wide receiver with the Wolverines and can provide some much needed excitement to the team. If the Jags can figure out how to get him, Justin Blackmon, and Cecil Shorts the ball, they may be much better than expected on offense - even with the Blaine Gabbert/Chad Henne QB tandem.
6/13/13: Jacksonville has remained in the news over the past week, and not because of the atrocious black fading to gold helmets they will wear this year. Star running back Maurice Jones-Drew continues to be investigated for his role in a bar fight a few weeks ago. The team brought the oft-injured Beanie Wells in for a workout, and there is rampant speculation that the team could move to London. As bad as the team has been - and they had to cover the top tier of their stadium to get close to sellouts - they are well supported in Jacksonville. In fact, the Jaguars had higher attendance than both the Miami Dolphins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season - even with the tarps.
6/6/13: The Jacksonville Jags are in the news this week, but not because of lousy play or a battle of wills over a contract. This time star running back Maurice Jones Drew may be getting charged with hitting a man in an altercation at a restaurant. The alleged victim's lawyer claims that the attack was captured on surveillance cameras. This is completely out of character for MJD, and no one really knows what happened. MJD was not charged at the time, but may be in the near future. Of course, the victim may just be looking for some easy money in a settlement.
5/30/13: One key piece of information that is continually ignored is that star running back Maurice Jones-Drew should return at full health for the Jags this season. Many people forget that he was sidelined early on in 2012, and missed most of the season. Some cynics speculate that either the team or MJD himself kept him off the field when it became apparent that last season's version of the team was terrible. Keeping him off the field shielded him from further injury and solidified a high (No. 2 overall) draft spot. However, if he is back in 2013, then that will take pressure off the QB du jour, and allow more opportunities for WRs Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts.
5/23/13: Jacksonville is an interesting story. It is a good city, but there are a lot of concerns these days of whether Jacksonville should have been given an NFL team at all. In 1988, Jacksonville made a very lucrative offer to land the then St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals chose Phoenix instead. Jacksonville got a team in the early 1990's and had a fair share of early success. But recent struggles and the economic downturn leave empty seats. Now the Jags are among the worst teams in the league. With a new coaching staff, hopefully they can turn out of their recent tailspin.
5/16/13: Former Jags wide receiver Jimmy Smith may well be the best player in franchise history. As he sits in a Mississippi prison for the next six years, he may be the best in their penal league as well. Smith was sentenced to six years for possession of cocaine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Second year Jags WR is trying to hold up his part of the tradition with a four game suspension to start the season for substance abuse. Blackmon has all the skill needed to be a superstar in the league, but must start using some common sense so he does not become a Titus Young.
5/9/13: Casual and invested fans alike may have been surprised when Florida International University safety Johnathan Cyprien was selected by the Jags with the first pick of the second round. Most people probably had not heard of Cyprien, and just chalked it up to another bad Jacksonville pick (like taking the punter in the 3rd round). But Cyprien was a hot item. The Jags turned down three separate offers for the pick. One does not have to come from a football powerhouse to be a great NFL player, but the scouts have to do extra work to locate these diamonds in the rough.
5/2/13: It sounds strange to say, but the Jags may have had a good draft this year. They did not select a punter in the third round. They did not make a huge reach for a tremendously raw quarterback, and they did not pass over a local legend. Jacksonville benefited from the Chiefs taking OT Eric Fisher with the first overall pick, leaving them OT Luke Joeckle from Texas A&M. New HC Gus Bradley put his prints on the team by getting good value on the defensive side of the ball. But don't worry, they did take Michigan slash player Denard Robbinson (a former quarterback) and reportedly want to use him at running back.
4/25/13: There is not a lot of hope in Jacksonville that the Jags will do much of anything this season. The hope is that they can better their record from two dismal wins. The division got tougher. Houston is still the favorite and should win at least 10 games again. Indianapolis returns a young team that made the playoffs, and has only improved through experience. Even the Titans got better, and there is a chance that WR Kenny Britt can get on his annual work release program for the first half of the season. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew returns this season, so that will help, but this team must concentrate on improving each week, and eventually the wins will come.
4/18/13: Many people who have met new head coach Gus Bradley say that his enthusiasm and passion for the game is infectious. He seems to actually have belief that Blaine Gabbert may be the answer at quarterback for the Jags. But in Bradley's first workouts, he ran a very uptempo practice He even pumped in various music to keep people motivated. The enthusiasm is good for the Jags. It is nice that they can feel good now, because neither this team nor its dwindling fanbase will not be this happy again for the rest of the season.
4/11/13: Times are tough in Jacksonville. Many thought that the city never should have been awarded an NFL franchise in the mid-90's, especially when St. Louis, Portland, and Salt Lake City could have been available. However, the team was surprisingly good for their first decade or so, and has really only fallen on hard times for the past few years. The Jags hope that a new braintrust and ownership will get them back on track, but they do have to face the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts twice every year, and those teams look like legitimate playoff contenders for the next several years.
4/4/13: New head coach Gus Bradley says that the Jags will have an open QB competition this year. The current competitors are Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne. Some competition - like watching a drunk guy trying to figure out his options when the bar closes. The Jags will probably draft another QB and try to make this interesting. The team has said they will not pursue Tim Tebow, which makes little sense because they need to sell tickets and they cannot get any worse than they already are. In any case, without Tebow, not many people will be paying attention to the Jags this season.
3/28/13: The Jaguars waived wide receiver Laurent Robinson earlier in the month, which was odd considering how much they courted and payed Robinson to get him to Jacksonville and away from the Cowboys a year ago. Bu t this is a different regime and has no ties to the past roster. The team did sign slot receiver Jordan Shipley as his apparent replacement. Shipley was a third round pick of the Bengals a few years ago, and had a good rookie season. He has since battled injuries and was waived last September. Now healthy, he hopes to make a go of it in Jacksonville.
3/21/13: When the Jags signed unrestricted free agent linebacker Geno Hayes early in free agency, barely anyone outside the 904 area code noticed. But Hayes is a very talented player with an instinct for the ball. He dominated in college at Florida State - singlehandedly beating then number two Boston College in Boston on a nationally televised game. Now he is reunited with Gus Bradley - the new head coach of the Jags - and could not be happier to be in the system. The Jags have a long way to go before they are competitive in the AFC South, but they should have a defense that gives them a chance.
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3/14/13: Jacksonville said they would not be too active in the free agency, and they are being true to their word. To date, their only move has been to sign Geno Hayes. The Hayes signing means they may have found a replacement for Daryl Smith. Hayes was a sixth round pick out of Florida State in 2008 by Tampa. He was a dominant line backer in college, and has proven to be a solid pro. He spent four years with the Bucs and last season with Chicago. The signing is a reunion, as Hayes played for new Jags head coach Gus Bradley in his rookie season.
3/7/13: Fans and media alike have criticized quarterback Blaine Gabbert ever since he came into the league in 2011. But now even his off field and locker room attitude are being criticized by former coaches. One former coach claims that "nothing is ever his fault" and that he is known around the franchise as Blame Gabbert. Even though he is only two years into his NFL career and never had much talent around him, the team may elect to cut him and go with Chad Henne or a veteran retread next season simply to stop the bleeding now.
2/21/13: Jags quarterback Blaine Gabbert has been more of a punchline than a longterm answer for Jacksonville since he was drafted with the 10th overall pick in 2011. While it is true that he has not adjusted to the game like Andrew Luck or Cam Newton, there are some mitigating factors - like the fact that he plays in Jacksonville and does not have the talent around him that others do. But his former QB coach said that if he came out this year that he would be the number one ranked QB on the board. That really is a testament to how weak the quarterbacks are in this draft.
2/14/13: The Jags have a lot of first timers in major positions now. Owner Shad Kahn cleaned house after the season, firing long time GM Gene Smith and head coach Mike Mularkey after a dismal 2-14 season. Jacksonville hired David Caldwell as GM, his first time in that position. Caldwell hired Gus Bradley as head coach, his first time in that position. Bradley then hired Jedd Fisch as the offensive coordinator, his first time in that position, as well as Bob Babich as the defensive coordinator. It is not Babich's first time as a DC, but Lovie Smith controlled the defense when Babich was the Bears defensive coordinator.
2/7/13: It will take several years for the Jags to overhaul the roster into something that fans will get behind, so they took shortcut and unveiled a new logo. The traditional growling Jaguar logo is being replaced by something out of Thundercats, in that it looks far less intimidating and more cartoonish. Jacksonville management claims this is part of an overall rebranding project for the team. That being said, fans will support anything and buy merchandise when the team starts winning, and that does require overhauling the roster to put a competitive product on the field for the first time in years.
1/31/13: The biggest question surrounding the Jaguars - outside of who is Gus Bradley and why not get Tebow - is who will be the starting quarterback next season. Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne are on the roster. Gabbert has not shown he can play at the NFL level in two seasons - though he is still very young and the Jags do not seem inclined to dump him yet. Henne played the final few games and was better, but he is not seen as a long-term solution. Some possibilities could be Matt Flynn, T.J. Yates, or Alex Smith. Let the speculation begin.
1/24/13: What do the Jags do with star running back Maurice Jones-Drew? MJD is among the best RBs in the game when healthy, but he missed most of 2012 with a foot injury. He held out all of training camp in a contract dispute, as new owner Shad Khan would not renegotiate his contract. He has one year left on his deal now and is creeping towards 30 years old. Perhaps the best option is to trade him for draft picks and rebuild the team over the next few years, rather than sign MJD to a bloated long-term agreement that will hamper the franchise for years.
1/17/13: Jacksonville introduced their new General Manager, David Caldwell, who wasted no time in resetting the direction of the organization. Caldwell promptly fired head coach Mike Malarkey, who led the team to their worst record (2-14) in franchise history in his only season. The firing brings the body count to 8 head coaches this year, or 25% of the teams in the NFL. Caldwell also dismissed the notion of bringing Tim Tebow back to his hometown, meaning Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne will likely have an open competition for the starting QB job, though the team may bring in another arm for training camp.
1/10/13: Jacksonville has missed the playoffs for the past four seasons, and the last two regular season campaigns have been substandard by any measure, including the worst record in the team's 18 year history (2-14). Those results prompted owner Shad Khan to fire GM Gene Smith. Jacksonville is reportedly close to hiring David Caldwell as Smith's replacement. Caldwell has been the Director of Player Personnel with the Falcons for the past few season and was also interviewing with the Jets. Head Coach Mike Mularky's future will likely be defined by the new GM, so he still may be replaced.
1/3/13: Jacksonville wrapped up the season at Tennessee, in what was perhaps the most mocked game of Week 17. Considering the offensive struggles both teams have had, the combined 58 points was a veritable points explosion. Of course, about half of those points were scored on defense and special teams. The Titans won 38-20, leaving the Jags at 2-14 on season and holding the second overall pick in the April draft. GM Gene Smith was fired on Black Monday - essentially being held accountable for the lack of talent on the team. Head Coach Mike Mularky, finishing his first year, was not released, but may be once the organization hires Smith's replacement.
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Jacksonville Jaguars Past Games Schedule and Jacksonville Jaguars Scores
|Dec 28, 2014||Jacksonville Jaguars - Houston Texans||17 - 23|
|Dec 14, 2014||Jacksonville Jaguars - Baltimore Ravens||12 - 20|
|Dec 7, 2014||Houston Texans - Jacksonville Jaguars||27 - 13|
|Nov 30, 2014||New York Giants - Jacksonville Jaguars||24 - 25|
|Nov 2, 2014||Jacksonville Jaguars - Cincinnati Bengals||23 - 33|
|Oct 26, 2014||Miami Dolphins - Jacksonville Jaguars||27 - 13|
|Oct 19, 2014||Cleveland Browns - Jacksonville Jaguars||6 - 24|
|Oct 12, 2014||Jacksonville Jaguars - Tennessee Titans||14 - 16|
|Oct 5, 2014||Pittsburgh Steelers - Jacksonville Jaguars||17 - 9|
|Sep 21, 2014||Indianapolis Colts - Jacksonville Jaguars||44 - 17|
|Sep 14, 2014||Jacksonville Jaguars - Washington Redskins||10 - 41|
|Sep 7, 2014||Jacksonville Jaguars - Philadelphia Eagles||17 - 34|
|Aug 22, 2014||Preseason: Jacksonville Jaguars - Detroit Lions||12 - 13|
|Aug 14, 2014||Preseason: Jacksonville Jaguars - Chicago Bears||19 - 20|
|Aug 8, 2014||Preseason: Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Jacksonville Jaguars||10 - 16|