I'll take someone like Joe Flacco for now. If Gabbert keeps emulating Eli Manning though then we'll have to wait a few years for a bit.
2 years, 9 months ago on Becoming a Quarterback
@NickelandDime I wouldn't be shocked to see Jones cut and have the Jags go with Bolen and Tahi. Jones is still a ripped beast (featured photo shows it) but his time is running in Jacksonville. They have the cap space to keep him though....it's just a matter of whether they want him taking up one of the two fullback spots.
2 years, 9 months ago on Training Camp Battles I Can't Wait To See...
@Chipshot Nice insight! My money is on Mularkey's will winning. He and Smith may slowly converge when making personnel decisions and I think they will value each other's input. I think Mularkey comes out on top though because most of those older players are still Shack Harris players not Gene Smith players. Smith's players are only three years in the league, he's got time to grow with a new contract. Even if MJD and Lewis leave, they were Harris picks....
Smith hasn't been overly loyal to players he didn't pick (thus far). I'd watch for him to get close with Mularkey and be part of the "new wave" again.
@Nomad72 It just doesn't match up well. I think it is a result of the multiple contributors to the article, but that's just me. It really is some good analysis.
2 years, 9 months ago on Analyzing Pete Prisco's Prediction
Rod Issac will be worth watching. If he doesn't make himself relevant he'll be gone either this summer or next.
@JaiWaddell I'd like to not see Guy Whimper in that mix....potential surprise cut? *crosses fingers*
I wonder if Session can even be a three down linebacker in the current game, even if healthy.
2 years, 9 months ago on Becoming An Elite Defense: Mike, Sam and Will
@Davjay1983 Yup. So we just need Gabbert to be on Derek Anderson's level (and no, I am not referring to his Pro Bowl season with the Browns)
2 years, 9 months ago on Finding The Jaguars' Larry Fitzgerald
@Davjay1983 I think that's a pretty smart idea! I think it will come down to skill-set more than anything, but that would be quite clever.
2 years, 9 months ago on Dreaming of Training Camp
Good point on the black uniforms. They look so cool though....pray for night games?
2 years, 9 months ago on What Khan Happen
@Davjay1983 @LukeNSims Yeah, I should have stayed there for the rest of summer...
2 years, 9 months ago on Just Thinkin' Out Loud About the Jags...
@Bobbyp84 @NickelandDime @LukeNSims @Davjay1983 @Chipshot I love me some Derek Cox, but he had zero interceptions through six games last year while he had 4 in 11 games started in 2010 - junior slump?
Was that a "vomit free since '93" reference Mr. Gowani? If so, I love it! If not, I still love it.
2 years, 9 months ago on Jaguars Getting NFL’s Largest LED Video Boards?
@Chipshot I think the situation would be a lot less complicated if Gene Smith had a policy about only re-signing/extending players when they had one year left on their contracts - much like Spielman in Minnesota.
Personally, I think that Smith is thinking about life after MJD. Next year I wouldn't be surprised if the Jags brought in a young back to provide a little extra punch for Jones-Drew. Of course, he is only 27 and could still have some gas left in the tank. I think his small frame will probably catch up with him though and he'll really start to feel the beatings he takes every down.
@JacobJones1 Sorry to be getting back to you so late. I have no problem admitting that the Texans are a good team. However, I find that Kubiak's success last season is more of an aberration than what is normal from his time as a head coach. A look at win-loss records shows this to be true. Looking at the team, it is clear to see that the success of the team correlates more with the quality of players - especially since the head coach has remained constant. I think that if their top players go down it is very difficult for the team to do well since Kubiak is not a coach that manages to get the most from all of his players (but rather from his high skill players).
I could be wrong and Kubiak could repeat, but I expect that Phillips' defense will be good and we will see a return back to normal for an 8-8 or 9-7 finish (who knows, those marks may be good enough to win the division!).
2 years, 9 months ago on AFC South Exposed: Why The Texans Won't Repeat - Black and Teal - A Jacksonville Jaguars Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Oh, and Jennings is a solid receiver. He averaged 8.6 yards per catch on 26 receptions in 2010. Plus he's 6' so he's a considerably larger target than most receivers on the team (at least last year) and MJD.
Speaking of heat, I was enjoying my 75 degree dry summer in Montana when I figured a trip to Illinois was a good idea....45% humidity and 104 is what I got. Not my smartest move.
Do you remember when Mathis said he plays the receiver more than he worries about what they've done on tape? It was a couple of years ago. I'm not certain that will work as well for him in the slot, but maybe it will transition better than I think. My money is on him beating out Ross but Ross not caring because his wife wins a gold medal in this Olympics.
@Davjay1983 All the offenses did too though...
2 years, 9 months ago on How To Win Without MJD in 2012
@Nomad72 Or can you imagine going against a 3-4 defense that is forced to use some linebackers to cover tight ends/receivers? It'd be heaven!
@Davjay1983 I'm not certain our defense would let us be as bad as we were last year even without MJD. That Carolina game in '11 should have been ours.
Very good read sir! Excellent bit of writing! And good comparisons to the NBA. It was a mess for the T-Wolves after KG left....meanwhile the Celtics have rebuilt a dynasty.
2 years, 9 months ago on Dwight Howard and NFL Parallels
@Davjay1983 That movie is some fun stuff. Not a cinematic masterpiece, but what Football movie is? The Replacements?
2 years, 9 months ago on Moving The Chains in 2012
@Nomad72 Too true! Thank you for letting people know. He is right around Manning's level of development...
2 years, 9 months ago on Re-Ranking Blaine Gabbert
@Davjay1983 Did he have someone else lift it? It might have been too physical to do it himself...
2 years, 9 months ago on Becoming An Elite Defense: The Perimeter
@Davjay1983 Good point about Del Rio and his lack of effort at the end. I suppose you just get burned out after a bit. I will love to see how the Denver D does now that he's directing them. I'm also excited to se how Koetter does in Atlanta. I think they'll have a drop (I really don't have much respect for his football coaching abilities) but I think Denver will do well.
2 years, 9 months ago on 2012 - The Miracle Run
Very well put! I forgot about the days of Reggie Hayward. He did quite well for the team!
2 years, 10 months ago on Becoming an Elite Defense: The Front Line
@Davjay1983 @tko121555 Greg Jones perhaps...I mean it kind of jokingly but what about Jones if there is a running back by committee approach. There really isn't a downside to it unless he gets injured and can't block anymore.
2 years, 10 months ago on MJD and the Jaguar Receiving Corp
"This is not my best article." Hahahhaha! Dear sir, a rant is always fun to read! Pretty good flow of thought going into this.
2 years, 10 months ago on Jaguar Receivers – Divas need not apply
@Davjay1983 Hahahaha! Yeah, I read the same thing about Welker and Brown. I find that comparisons to Welker tend to me A) over emphasized and B) not true. Welker is a unique individual, finding another one of him will be next to impossible for almost every team. And retaining him when the Pats know you have him will be even harder (See: Dolphins, Miami).
2 years, 10 months ago on Which UDFAs could make the gameday roster?
@Davjay1983 Yeah, it's fun to watch pan out. I do feel that Smith stayed a little too true to the draft philosophy for his first two years, but that's just me.
Now if Laurent Robinson and Dwight Lowery can prove me wrong in 2012...
2 years, 10 months ago on Building The Perfect Beast
It'll be curious to see if this does happen in the NFL. I don't think that the way the league is structured currently allows for it, but maybe MJD and some great tight end or something will start to package themselves and betray their small markets for the glory of New York? *cue suspenseful music*
2 years, 10 months ago on MJD And The LeBron James Effect
Well put together analysis sir! I think we may just be an easily deceived defense...in the 4-3 scheme run by Tucker we don't have a lot of overly aggressive plays to call and rely on the reaction of individual players. Really too bad. I'm going to blame the secondary being unable to get off the receivers and recognize where they need to be to cover the run. A biased blame game? Perhaps.
2 years, 10 months ago on Talking Offense and Defense: The Achilles Heel
Well shucks...very good points about Veldman. If Lewis doesn't prove he's worth the money in 2012 then I doubt he'll have a roster spot available to him next year, either opening the door for a high draft pick or for someone on the roster to step up. Potter has yet to show he wants to do that so why not let Veldman give it a go?
I think we'll see one of the wide receivers who went undrafted take a spot on the roster. The cutting of Jarret Dillard displayed confidence at the position and shows that the players beneath him were really pushing for his spot.
@Bobbyp84 Yeah, it was definitely a departure from the rest of the season. Weird. That game was very pleasing - though I attributed most of it to the tailspin that the Bucs were in.
2 years, 10 months ago on "The Jags Have All The Wattage of an Easy Bake Oven"
@zsgowani Well the GM says he isn't going to trade Harvin. To show his disappointment, Harvin just left camp. So they have a holdout that probably isn't contractually related (except that his contract is tied to the Vikings).
If they do trade him, he has proven to be worth a first easily. His four touchdown returns and 30+ yard per return average (last season) is invaluable in itself. Plus his rushing, big frame, and ability to play very good receiver makes him worth a package deal.
If they start getting desperate, maybe ship Thomas a second and a fourth for him? The Florida climate will probably do him some good.
Assuming the Jags are interested of course.
2 years, 10 months ago on Percy Harvin Wants Out - In With Jags?
Too true. So who do we get to replace him going forward?
At least I'll be able to applaud for something when the Jaguars punt. I hadn't been able to do that last season since Podlesh left.
2 years, 10 months ago on Impressions From Mini Camp
Henne s a good pickup and provides good depth. I wish there were more Hasselbecks, Collinses, and other older guys around to provide mentorship as well. I suppose that is what coaching is for though?
2 years, 10 months ago on The Importance of Chad Henne
I loved the Grant/Darius tandem. Since then it's been pretty much downhill unfortunately....
2 years, 10 months ago on First Team All-Jaguars: Defense/Special Teams
@KeenanJ All fair points. I will elaborate on why I think the Bucs have the strongest roster of the five teams: With the Vincent Jackson acquisition I think that the receiving corps easily outstrips the Jaguars receiving corps (V-Jax and Mike Williams make a formidable duo - Williams has 1,700 yards over the past two seasons). As you mentioned, the defensive ends are quite good. I think that the true potential of the DEs is yet to be found though and they will find it in the next two years, maybe this year. Ronde Barber can still play and the Mark Barron pick will pay dividends immediately (or at least I believe it will). Eric Wright at corner is someone I find to be highly underrated as well. Further, the running back stable in Tampa Bay leaves little to be desired. Legarrette Blount (1,700 yards over the last two years) and Doug Martin (another good pick) help make Freeman look good. As I said in the article, I am not a Freeman fan but he put up some good numbers a year ago (25 TDs to 6 picks). While Carl Nicks has yet to gel with the rest of the offensive line, the unit has allowed 28 and 29 sacks the last two years and will only get better with him at guard.
I see a lot of upside on their roster. There is very little for me to argue against them. You bring up a good point about linebacking, but outside of that and fullback I really don't see the Jags with any real leads over the Bucs.
2 years, 10 months ago on Which First-Year Head Coach Will Be Most Successful? - Black and Teal - A Jacksonville Jaguars Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Very good comparison of Scobee's deal to Thomas and Lewis. Also, I'm fairly confident that clutchocity is a word!
2 years, 10 months ago on Disputes and Decisions: Contractual Issues
If this is a good thing for the Jaguars then I must not understand football. Jones-Drew is the leader of the franchise until Gabbert proves otherwise. I hope he understands the way his actions are being perceived, because it's going to affect the fan base and the other players (as you pointed out).
2 years, 10 months ago on Say It Ain't So, MoJo!
I really like Chastin West and I think Taylor Price has a good shot. I would be pretty pleased to see them both make the roster.
2 years, 10 months ago on Training Camp Battles; Wide Receiver
Chris Naole is a good pick. He did wonders when he was there. I really liked Maurice Williams while he was here and think the 2008 Jags had serious issues when he wasn't on the field....a good player through and through.
2 years, 10 months ago on First Team All-Jaguars: Offense
All he does is catch touchdowns! Oh....only seven thus far? Nevermind.
2 years, 10 months ago on Sid Hartman Thinks Jerome Simpson is Cris Carter
@strnbiker Thank you very much. I hope I'm reading into it right!
2 years, 10 months ago on Growing Into a Man
We'll look awfully foolish if the deals don't pan out though....They better take advantage of the opportunities afforded them.
2 years, 10 months ago on Help Found; Growth Needed
@Davjay1983 Well put sir. Concise and to the point!
2 years, 10 months ago on Justin Blackmon; Crime and Punishment
Unfortunately, not everyone has figured out what you have....hopefully the Jaguars have figured it out and feel motivated though!
2 years, 10 months ago on The 2012 Jaguars to Follow 2011 49ers
@Davjay1983 I don't think the towel should be thrown in on him, but the kid has got to learn sometime. A suspension isn't throwing in the towel, it's a punitive rule enforcer :)
2 years, 10 months ago on Justin Blackmon Arrested For DUI - Suspension Looming?