I'm a winner. When I get knocked down, I get up again and again and again.
2 years, 8 months ago on Training Camp Battles I Can't Wait To See...
Chipshot has posted! Wow. I didn't even think about that. Maybe there's a middle ground? Either way, I do believe Gene IS in the hot seat. He's one of the only guys left from the old regime.
Bradfield could push Britton for a spot. Maybe not right off the bat, but if Britton doesn't improve upon his healthy return and if Bradfield keeps turning heads it could happen. I'm also interested to see who wins the back-up center spot. If not he definitely sticks around as a swing tackle. I'm also interested to see who wins the back-up center spot. Estes or Brewster? I'm really pulling for Brewster. I think he has a higher ceiling coming from a program like Ohio State.
There's a reason I didn't include Issac in the conversation...I simply don't think we've seen enough from him to justify him sticking.
Megajag, you are absolutely right. I'm wondering about that group as well. I have high hopes though and have often been accused of being way too "glass is half full." I'm thinking that Mincey improves, Branch adds an element of speed to our pass rush that has been lacking, Lane stays healthy and becomes a solid rotational player, Morgan flops, Chick surprises everyone, and Davis begins developing on a pro level on the PS. Selvie and Adams get cut.
It doesn't bode well for Jones that we also signed Tahi from the Vikes. I'd like to see Jones stick around as much as the next guy, but we've seen situations like this too many times and we know how it plays out. In a nutshell; wouldn't be surprised if he stayed, wouldn't be surprised if he goes.
2 years, 8 months ago on Mike Mularkey And The Fullback
I LOVE our linebackers, but you're right certain players have to do a better job in coverage. Well put!
2 years, 8 months ago on Becoming An Elite Defense: Mike, Sam and Will
@Bobbyp84 Be a one man jaguars army, bobby! Atta way!
2 years, 8 months ago on A Wayward Fan's Testimony
@Chipshot You're absolutely correct. As much as I love attending games it's a full time job getting to and from the stadium. Plus the parking for the non season ticket holders is located in very shady areas. So it's either park in those areas and possibly get mugged or face a 20 minute walk. The downtown area needs a lot of work, but it's a small price to pay to see my team.
OR we could be entering the season with the Kevin Kolb/John Skelton predicament. Who's it gonna be? At least we know 100% right now for a fact that Gabbert is the guy in 2012...at least that's how it's been pitched. I'm simply saying there are teams out there who don't exactly know who will be behind center for them...Moore/Garrard/Tannehill in Miami...Flynn/Jackson/Russell in Seattle...I'd rather go into camp and get THE guy ready to play other than splitting snaps with other QB's.
2 years, 8 months ago on Gabbert Leading the Locker Room
2 years, 8 months ago on Scobee's Four-Year, $13.8 Million Deal
Hey if either one of these guys turned out even half the production as Fitz, I'd be thrilled. But I'm just not referring to Fitz's numbers. He's had bad quarterback after bad quarterback, and has STILL produced and guess what? Gabbert's got 10 times the potential as Skelton and those other guys mentioned.
2 years, 8 months ago on Finding The Jaguars' Larry Fitzgerald
Well since you brought up the point a few nights back that you don't think Mathis is equipped to cover slot what we COULD do is if Ross beats out Mathis for the starting job, have Ross cover slot and Mathis cover the #2 receiver whenever the opposite team goes 3 wide. Mathis would be fresher and possibly more effective that way. Thoughts?
2 years, 8 months ago on Dreaming of Training Camp
"Khaaaaaaaaaan!" (William Shatner voice)
2 years, 8 months ago on What Khan Happen
@Bobbyp84 No! Don't be sorry. There's a ton to be excited about this year. It's going to be a completely different team. Here at B&T, we love it when people respond so feel free to, in the words of led zeppelin, ramble on!
2 years, 8 months ago on The 2012 Jaguars Linchpin: Brad Meester
@Bobbyp84 I can understand why you are on the fence regarding Mr. Cox, but I think he's gonna bounce back this year in a big way. Maybe I'm too optimistic? We'll see.
2 years, 8 months ago on Just Thinkin' Out Loud About the Jags...
@Bobbyp84 Don't forget about Derek Cox my friend!
@LukeNSims 75 degrees?! Lucky!
Gold medal trumps all. Go America.
Agreed. Very well written. I can't believe your friend made that comparison.
2 years, 8 months ago on Dwight Howard and NFL Parallels
@Bobbyp84 Ya know what, Bobby? I think you're right about MJD. Not too long ago, Sims did a post on our record with Mojo as our starting tailback. Either way, I think the team's mediocrity and late season collapses over the last few years have had more to do with a one dimensional offense and I wonder what MJD could do in a more balanced attack. I know he'd be brilliant, but I think we can win just as many games with Jennings as well. Btw, I was just thinking about how our offense has been one dimensional BEFORE Gabbert became quarterback. For some reason that has really gotten lost in translation somewhere along the way. It's not like all of this is Blaine's fault, but it's constantly painted that way. Sorry for getting off topic. Anyways, we shall see if Jones-Drew decides to hold out.
Let's go with the obvious. MJD has kept this team relevant for years now. I'd also make a case for Daryl Smith for the defense.
@LukeNSims I know they did and we should see a vast improvement. I'm just giving the D some love too is all. I'm also referring to your comment about how the defense wont let us be as bad.
2 years, 8 months ago on How To Win Without MJD in 2012
Awesome! We probably agree on more than we think!
Oh OK I see now. Sorry for putting words into your mouth. Man me and you both, brother. If Mincey builds on last season's momentum and if Branch is everything they say he is, I'm looking forward to seeing them wreak chaos on opposing QBs.
Thank you for your opinions, btw. I really appreciate you reading and throwing in your 2 cents. It's nice to have a good Jaguars debate!
The season can't seem to start soon enough can it?
2 years, 8 months ago on What is Gene Smith building?
Agh!!!! Don't remind me. So many games we should have had last season. I hope you're right. I'm actually thinking that the defense will be even better this year because they actually had an offseason program.
Didn't you post something a few weeks ago that stated our record with MJD running the rock? I agree, one player doesn't make a team.
I do hope MJD shows up to camp. Smith isn't giving him a new contract, which does rub me the wrong way, but it really is up to Jones-Drew now. He can either show up or not show up. Do I think his absence will hurt us?
The only way his absence could hurt us as bad as everyone expects is if the offense hasn't gotten any better from 2011.
@Nomad72 @ChipshotWith all due respect, the team had a top 10 NFL defense. But the team was 5-11. It just goes to show you that having a good D and an amazing RB isn't enough anymore.
So basically you're saying this line isn't elite, but isn't average. 31 sacks. Is that average? I'm not quite sure where that put us in the whole grand scheme of things as far as sacks go, but you can also look at it in the sense that despite the lack of pressure, we still had a good defense.
I do know we're going to have to generate more sacks in 2012 considering the slate of QBs this DLine will be facing. I'd be thrilled if we put up dominant performances.
By the way where did I say the entire line would be average? I said Knighton was average, but I can't find where I called the entire line average. It's an honest question, not a sarcastic rhetorical one.
I certainly hope he plays better. He very well could go out and have an amazing season, and in that case I would sincerely apologize to you and wash your car for a month (that's going a little far)
I want to see ALL of these guys perform well. I want them to be worth keeping. I want them to pan out. Truth is, until this team gets out of the gutter, I have no interest in keeping the players that have gotten them there. I think if Cox and Britton can stay healthy, they can make strides. Cox could even end up starting. Monroe is highly undervalued. Smith is one of the best LBs in the league, but no one knows it. I'd like to see Miller become a reliable target for Gabbert since Lewis only wants to play when his contract is on the line. You know how I feel about Knighton.
Right now in this very moment, in my very humble opinion, the only guys that would be missed are Cox, Monroe, and Smith.
Meant to say we view football differently. I'm not one of these guys who expects DTs to rack up a ton of sacks. I'm familiar with the responsibilies of the position. I'm simply saying that he can be replaced. If you think that he cannot, then that's fine. But there' a lot of defensive tackles in the league who can do the exact same thing he can. Don't pretend he's Haloti Ngata.
@Nomad72 We obviously do view football through differently. His production can be replaced. He's average at best. He's a very good run stuffer, but he's not athletic enough to collapse the pocket. That shows in his struggle to keep his weight down. Thanks for reading though, and thank you for your input.
You are absolutely, positively correct. I'm hoping that Mularkey and Bratkowski do a better job of utilizing the players other than trying to make them something they are not. This post somewhat reminds me of Al Pacino's speech in Any Given Sunday.
2 years, 8 months ago on Moving The Chains in 2012
@LukeNSims Ya know it's kinda funny that you ask that because I'm the one that had to load it into his escalade. He was a red eye jedi.
2 years, 8 months ago on Becoming An Elite Defense: The Perimeter
I kind of like some of the points Chipshot has made. A good roster should always be churning. It would be a shame to lose Daryl Smith, but if Knighton can't improve from last season why keep him around? What if his best season was 2010 and thats it?
What we have on the roster currently is a 5-11 football team. Yeah there's been some new pieces added, but it doesn't mean a thing until you put it on the field. Up until then it's all speculation. Why not continue to improve the team?
I don't see Lewis having a better season that what he did 2 years ago. Thomas could be effective in slot, but nothing to write home about. Evans has an impressive body of work, but this is the same as the Torry Holt move a few seasons ago-gettin' him old and cheap. I am looking forward to seeing what we have in Jennings and Robinson though.
In a nutshell, the Jags ARE depending on this core of young players. It's especially evident in the way they are handling the MJD and Scobee contract situations.
I remember when I worked at The Home Depot in 2008, I sold Reggie Nelson a patio set. True story.
I hope you're right about #3. We'll need him considering the outstanding level of quarterback play the team will face in 2012. Great read! And you're right...those ARE 5 things to count on coming out of any camp.
2 years, 9 months ago on 2012 Training Camp: What to Expect
This post got me so amped I might turn into the Hulk and smash some cars or something. Fantastic points all around. But if there's one thing I would have mentioned, it would have been the new coaching staff. That will make a big difference too. Del Rio QUIT on this team. He ran out of gas. I think this group of guys will play with much more intensity. Watching the 2011 Jags I often questioned, "man do these guys even WANT to win?" I don't think that will be the case in 2012.
2 years, 9 months ago on 2012 - The Miracle Run
I enjoyed it the article. Yeah it definitely looked like Mike put little to nothing into last season, along with the rest of the 2011 team. I for one don't mind diva receivers, as long as they're giving something to the team. He's the type of receiver who needs guys like Robinson and Blackmon around him so he can actually contribute. I recently stated in a post that he could play as a 2nd receiver if and when Blackmon is suspended. He did it last year. Does he play it well? Do I play the oboe well?
2 years, 9 months ago on Jaguar Receivers – Divas need not apply
@Chipshot We'll see if he has talent or not. I personally don't see Lewis doing anything better than his only pro-bowl year. He's topped out already.
2 years, 9 months ago on Which UDFAs could make the gameday roster?
I hope you're right. This defense begins and ends with that D-Line. Not only do we need Branch to contribute right away, it'd be nice to see Smith and Lane become regulars on the rotation. Mincey is going to HAVE to give more than 8 sacks, and (here it comes) WE HAVE TO STAY HEALTHY! Maybe the offseason training and conditioning program has done them some good.
2 years, 9 months ago on Becoming an Elite Defense: The Front Line
Maybe he could be our short yardage guy. I could see that if he's healthy.
2 years, 9 months ago on MJD and the Jaguar Receiving Corp
This is something you won't hear the media types talk much about, at least I haven't anyways. Every GM has a way they like to do things. I for one believe it takes a mix of free agency and the draft. As much as I love the draft, you HAVE to tap into free agency to compete nowadays. What happens when that Jarrett Dillard doesn't pan out? You have to replace him somehow and the only thing you have on your roster is a bunch of other "projects" who definitely arent ready yet. Now I'm not talking about being the Bucs....wait they want Brees now? JK I'm talking about finding good value in free agency. Yeah, when superstars hit, they hit big and I wouldn't be surprised to see Vincent Jackson be awesome. I also wouldn't be surprised if he totally tanked either. More important than anything, in my very humble opinion, it comes down to how the coach manages and molds that talent.
2 years, 9 months ago on Building The Perfect Beast
Very interesting numbers. Really put things into perspective about just how much needs to begin to improve in 2012. Luke's right about our 4-3. It's really a "stand up and play, bread and butter" type defense that relies on reaction, athleticism, and individuals winning their one on ones. Hopefully we'll be able to read and react a little bit better, create a better pass rush, but more than anything STAY HEALTHY. As far as the offense goes, I'm optimistic about Blaine's footwork, but I don't know how much progress he can actually make in this short of a time fram. You're right, it'd be safe to keep the play action pass on the back burner until he's ready. It just sucks because it can reeeeeally make a defense pay, especially when they are so used to seeing Jacksonville run the ball so much with such an amazing RB. It's a pity.
2 years, 9 months ago on Talking Offense and Defense: The Achilles Heel
I read something on BCC about Mike Brown being compared to Wes Welker. I personally like his athleticism with him having played quarterback in college. The wide receiver position battle is going to be intense. There's a lot of talent there for the first time in years. I try to think about it, but end up getting overwhelmed.
You are not wrong. You are absolutely right, the truly great running backs do not come out of nowhere. No one can replace MJD's production. I'm simply talking about getting something going where the running game doesn't disappear completely. I believe Jennings can give respectable production, and I like Owens as well in small doses. I'm just hoping there's another back on the roster that can produce too and don't worry, I won't bet on Harris :)
Fantastic post. Did NOT realize what our guys were up against last year. There's so many other factors to take into account other than "how many sacks they got." They did face some pretty stiff competition last year, and this year will not be an easier. If Branch can make the impact we're all expecting, Chick continues to show flashes of brilliance, Mincey continues to improve, Lane stays healthy and becomes a good situational pass rusher, and if Morgan is healthy and continues to develop, our pass rush will be BEASTLY.
2 years, 9 months ago on The New Season Series: The Big Need
As much as I respect and admire what MJD has done for the team, I'd rather have a solid, hard working, cohesive unit on the field who is competitive instead of a one dimensional, one man show. Now having MJD on that cohesive unit WOULD be amazing, but these types of things don't concern me. I'm only concerned wth what's already on the field. Rashad Jennings is the guy on the field right now, and it's time to show what he's got. What an opportunity for this young man!
2 years, 9 months ago on Showing Rashad Jennings Some Love
Great point, Terry. Maybe we don't have to go out and sign anyone. I really don't see Smith signing another running back. Maybe we could do a running back by committee with Jennings as the lead back and with Owens spelling him on 3rd downs. I wonder if Harris could be that change of pace back. Just some thoughts moving forward. What do you think?
I agree, especially with Taylor Price. Price never really got any opportunities in New England, and I think Robiskie brings something to the table as well. Call me crazy, maybe this is the time of year for false hope, but I'm a firm believer that the Jaguars will have an improved pass offense in 2012. Robiskie really suffered from the QB carousel in Cleveland. If Gabbert makes significant strides, the 2009 3rd round receiver should be able to produce more in Jacksonville. With so much emphasis put on Robinson and Blackmon, it's easy to forget that depth is just as important as having good starting wide outs. I'm just a bit nervous with this whole Blackmon business. The MJD situation doesn't help with my consistent worry. Lionel really put things into perspective With the Blackmon DUI and the Jones-Drew holdout, we're going to need as many young players as possible to rise to the occassion.
2 years, 9 months ago on Training Camp Battles; Wide Receiver
I don't think he will.
2 years, 9 months ago on Justin Blackmon; Crime and Punishment
Don't throw in the towel on him! Punish him, do what ya gotta do, but do not throw in the towel.
2 years, 9 months ago on Justin Blackmon Arrested For DUI - Suspension Looming?