Jacksonville Jaguars notes, news for 10/22/2018

Jacksonville Jaguars notes, news for 10/22/2018

When the Jaguars are in the national spotlight, it’s rarely for not being great or horrible. There doesn’t seem to be much coverage without a high or low. Here’s some Jacksonville Jaguars notes, news for 10/22/2018

News/Notes: In a stunning move, if stunning means not shocking at all, the Jacksonville Jaguars decided to start Blake Bortles vs the Eagles in London. Here’s why they did that in no particular order of reasons:

  • After the game, head coach Doug Marrone said he benched Borltes because of turnovers, etc. Cody Kessler got a TD, but he also turned the ball over. And sacked four times with his rock feet. That was the death knell.
  • Even though it’s a Sunday game, it’s a short week. That’s wasted days of prepping a “new” QB. There’s more than just practice – starting QB’s have more obligations on their plates like press conferences, individual interviews, etc.
  • They’ve yet to play Carlos Hyde. If he can be what we hope, he can help Bortles go back to run-first and make the play-action work. Part of that, combined with an injured Oline, is needing a QB who can run.
  • Which brings up the RPO, tough to sell those when one prong is having a QB who is a threat with his feet.
  • Locker room issues. Teams with hall of fame quarterbacks have temporality benched their guys, but their teams still knew who was the boss.
  • It sends a message to the team they give up, and the season is most likely over. Sticking with your starter says you still believe.
  • If they had a first round draft pick, then swapping mid season makes sense, but even if that were the case, doing so before London, where Bortles has three wins, isn’t when to do it.

Add all that up and while fans may not like it, thinking one TD drive by Kessler would make things all better, wasn’t the way to go. For now. How things end in London or even in Indy, point at a better time to make such a big decision – still don’t see that being a change for Kessler.

Swapping quarterbacks isn’t something any team takes lightly, especially when doing so for a QB who had a year of starts, hasn’t shown he’s better.


Roster Move: The Jaguars released Jamal Charles when they promoted linebacker Nick DeLuca from the practice squad. The ink was barely dry on his contract. Kind of bummed he’s gone, he’s a great guy.

Doug Marrone Presser: The bottom line, until they get a better turnover ratio, nothing else matters. With hat said, he said it’s up to him to guide the team, push communicating, have all the players pull in the same way. They need everyone to understand they’r win the same boat, not little groups.

That comment to me, means there’s some cliques going on which happens on every team based on position groups. However, in this circumstance and based on multiple reports, it seems to be more factions inside the defensive line. Anyway, Marrone said it’s up to him to show the coaches and players the same vision. Make sure he has been clear.

Players want someone to show the the way. Speaking of which, they had a players meeting only that is was discussed. Vision, pulling together, etc.

When it came to assigning blame, he said most of the time it’s not one reason why for a mistake – they look at everything, can accept beating sometimes, but if it’s something covered in practice, not a new look, then blame is there.

7% chance of winning a game with -2 in turnovers which went into the decision of sitting Bortles. However, when starters are named, there’s no splitting reps because it’s too tough. He doesn’t believe in splitting reps.He never said anyone was on a short leash, not sure where social media got he said it, it was the opposite. He said that if you start, the coaches show they have confidence in the player.

Payne is week to week, Patmon waiting on complete tests, pushing most on the injury report to play vs the Eagles.

All in all, Marrone talked a long time, said the right things, but said nothing at all. He normally gives pressers that drops some football knowledge. This was just damage control.

More Notes: If I was in that press room, the first question I’d ask is: is there any plan to sign an experienced tight end from another team? It’s understandable in his first game, Grinnage would be overwhelmed (which he was), but that doesn’t protect your QB, help the run game or add a pair of reliable hands.

Here’s another note I’m adding…it’s disappointing seeing the freak out from the fans. Three weeks ago, they loved the defense, Todd Wash, Nate Hackett, Doug Marrone and Blake “BOAT” Bortles.

Now, they hate them all, want them fired. Talk about whiplash. That’s what happens when fans get a taste of sniffing a SB, everything becomes about winning and the fun of just going to football games turns into, win or we’ll roast you on a spit. The worst ones though were some thinking the front office is racist for not bringing in Colin Kaepernick.

He hasn’t played in two years, isn’t in football shape and is out there focusing on saving the world, and suing the NFL.

What makes anyone think he wants to play anymore? To put in all the time and dedication to get back in shape, go to a new team, city, learn a new scheme and playbook?

Has anyone asked him lately if he wants to put all that in? And be prepared to take a lot of heat when he comes out rusty? To shoulder the burden of not being the football god some have built him up to be? If he were to play, again, he’d be toting a heavy load of meeting so many expectations. That doesn’t even address the media scrutiny.

And if he stumbles, will he be judged on that, or will any team be blasted for not giving him better Oline, RB, WR, TE option? Because right now, in Jacksonville, he’d be walking into a team with nothing to offer him to succeed.

That’s the reality. And FYI, I wrote an article back when he was still with SF about him and LB Brandon Marshall’s kneeling (which received approval from the Marshalls), so I’m not anti-Kaep.

Right now, no QB is walking into a place that is set for them to succeed or turn the team around. Know what could? A BYE. Time to heal and regroup. If the Line could all practice on a Wednesday or Thursday as full participants, that would help.

Carlos Hyde, Fournette and Yeldon being healed would help. A TE would help (broken record). And, wide receivers who don’t spend games flipping coins on who can get the most drops. Yes, Bortles needs everything perfect to succeed, but he’s our QB for now, so swapping him out and not addressing the other issues won’t fix anything.

Add in a week of rest for Calais Campbell, and all the other walking wounded on defense and we could see a different team on the 11th. One they had planned week one and watched go up in IR smoke. That’s my plan and I’m sticking to it because freaking out isn’t going to help.

Let’s all just take a breath, let the coaches do their thing, the players do theirs and then see where they are after the Colts game. As far as changing coaches mid-stream, see the previous sentence.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars, News, Notes for 10/17/2018 – “Stay steadfast, stay committed to us”

Jacksonville Jaguars, News, Notes for 10/17/2018

Jacksonville, FL. Doug Marone, Blake Bortles and Telvin Smith met with the press today. The Jaguars owner, Shad Khan also made some news.

We’ll address The Khan news first, then Marrone presser.

Below is his statement, but what he doesn’t say is the Football Association’s 10-member board and 127-member council are out of touch with reality. What they want, is leaving the FA behind. Which can be witnesses from them not winning a championship since the 1990’s.

Reports suggest that the dissenting voters believe that having American Football gain traction in Great Britain would hurt the FA. Their belief is they can do a better job at keeping Wembley a thriving entity under their direction.

Obviously, they have no clue how Mr. Kahn can meld the traditional with cutting edge technology and produce a better product. Their loss.

Knee jerk reactions in Jacksonville vary from – yay, no chance now the Jaguars are moved to England, to boo, this means the Jaguars won’t have an extra revenue stream and could end up leaving Jacksonville without a pro team.

There is also fear that some other NFL owner will put in a bid for Wembley or another city will build a stadium and snatch the Jags away.

Here are my thoughts on the above

  • I would say that the chance the Jaguars are moved overseas will always be a back burner option until the team is able to consistently have season tickets sold out and a full stadium. Wembley or no Wembley. Roger Goodell decides this, anyway at the behest of the owners association.
  • The potential revenue stream from having Wembley, is just that – potential. Until some team is housed there permanently, the continued extra 15% stream continues because the Jags are still the number team with the fans, and that continues to grow.
  • The potential stream from owning Wembley can be made up, if the downtown plans go through. “The Cordish Companies’ entertainment districts operate successfully in major cities throughout the U.S., and are the most visited destinations in their respective regions, attracting more than 50 million people each year.” Their place in Louisville, KY attracts more than 4.5 million a year. That’s a lot of moola.
  • Has anything been written or said that indicates that Khan had buying Wembley as part of his package when buying the Jags? As in, he factored in that revenue as part of the financial picture? If not, then this was an added bonus and not contingent on keeping the Jaguars in Jacksonville. Not to mention, where the Cordish companies build, are mostly around a professional sport. Whether it’s football, soccer, bull riding, baseball. The exceptions are on the ocean.
  • Another NFL owner isn’t going to buy Wembley as long as the same elitist mentality continues with the FA. Unless their older voters start dying out and are replaced with younger thinkers, no one else as a chance.

Would adding Wembley bring in more revenue? Yes. Would it impact whether or not the Jaguars stay in Jacksonville? Probably not unless the Shipyard hits some major snags. Either way, the only thing residents of NE Florida can do is buy tickets and show up.


Moving on to Doug Marrone. He thinks the team has played like shit, that the coaches (pointing to himself first) need to do a better job at focusing on the fundamentals. He believes being 3-3 sucks, but sees it as a good thing because it’s a challenge.

Having a couple of weeks of losing builds a team and tests their mettle – he sees how they can bounce back. What was missing from his words was how they’re going to address the weaknesses on offense. Neither Leonard Fournette or TJ Yeldon practiced today. The Jaguars are now down their starting tight ends and the Oline is beat up.

More questions and answers were about the defense; however, I don’t care if they’re playing lights out, the offense still needs to score points.

Blake Bortles thinks that when injuries happen, it’s up to the QB to make up for them. He also mentioned the bad luck that seems to run with this team and also why they may be last in the differentials. The ball seems to bounce the wrong way. Even so, they need to get back to being the team they know they are.

When he addresses the injuries to the team he said they’re limited on the plays they can run because of them. Even so, they need to find ways to be effective. He also said that scoring early happened in the games they won.

Linebacker Telvin Smith said when it came to the defense getting the ball back, they weren’t causing other teams to make mistakes, which is where turnovers come from. They did better against the teams without running quarterbacks, which they know needs to be fixed. Smith believes they’re fine and will overcome the injuries.

“Stay steadfast, stay committed to us”

Smith was steadfast himself in believing no one has given up. He said he’s seen it before from years past in Jacksonville and that’s not in the locker room. They’ve faced lot of adversity, but they’re over coming it. The bad communication over the last couple weeks will be fixed during practice.

One thing that came across from the three was a difference in attitude. They acted as calm firemen who already put a fire out, but they couldn’t avoid the soot.