I'm a winner. When I get knocked down, I get up again and again and again.
1 year, 12 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 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 ago on Becoming An Elite Defense: Mike, Sam and Will
@Bobbyp84 Be a one man jaguars army, bobby! Atta way!
2 years 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 ago on Gabbert Leading the Locker Room
2 years 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 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 ago on Dreaming of Training Camp
"Khaaaaaaaaaan!" (William Shatner voice)
2 years 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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, 1 month 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, 1 month 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?
2 years, 1 month ago on MJD and the Jaguar Receiving Corp
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, 1 month ago on Training Camp Battles; Wide Receiver
I don't think he will.
2 years, 1 month 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, 1 month ago on Justin Blackmon Arrested For DUI - Suspension Looming?
The numbers are there. but look at the best defenses in the league, Bobby. The Ravens, Steelers, etc...do they get blown out that many times? I'm not referring to anything but the defense. Just saying our cover guys have to get better, and if injuries DO happen which they will we have to have better depth.
2 years, 1 month ago on Pass Defense...Can We Cover?
Injuries are a part of the game. I see your point though. Overall our secondary better be ready to play in 2012. As Mr. Sims noted: Cutler, Stafford, Rodgers, Schaub, Luck, and Brady. Hopefully our pass rush will make up for any kind of holes in the secondary. And it doesn't matter if McCown threw 3 picks. Our defense has to keep us in the game, and they didn't that day. There were some holes, but I honestly believe we'll be better this year.
Thank you!!! As Jags fans, we do tend to take such things for granted. Is it football season yet?
2 years, 2 months ago on Pre-hindsight and the Joy of Disappointment
I love this article. Great call with either Estes or Brewster being a G/C. I can totally see that happening.
2 years, 2 months ago on The Importance of the Offensive Line - It's About Trust
I knew it was a Nick! My bad. Typo error. Yes Greg Jones is a really good fullback. But he's 31 years old, and doesn't he have the highest salary cap hit number among all NFL fullbacks? The way the Jags do business, I wouldn't be surprised to see him off the roster.
2 years, 2 months ago on Projecting the 53; Special Teams and Final Roster
Thank you, Bobby! If Lee Evans still has the speed that he had before he was injured last year then I believe he could do it. However, at his age I think it would be in both his best interest and the team's best interest to keep him fresh for the offense. It's definitely not a bad idea though. Use him as a 4th receiver and on returns. I did an article on our UDFAs too. I did some quick hits on each player we signed after the draft. Check it out and see if there's any WRs on there you like! The post is called "Undrafted Free Agents-Jaguars"
No way the Jags move to L.A.. Moving to St. Louis would make more sense if the Rams decide to go back to Los Angeles, but even I have my doubts about that happening. L.A. is not a football town. It's not even a baseball town *see Dodgers bankrupcy.
I heard the following on Rich Eisen's podcast last Novemeber...
They want a commitment from a team before they even break out the shovels, and I believe they want a discounted rate on the team itself and some kind of ownership in the team. Khan bought the team for 760 million dollars. Why would he turn around and sell it for a discounted rate and give up 100% ownership when he's openly said he's wanted to own an NFL team his entire life? Not to mention it would be 4 years before the stadium was complete. Throw in the fact (either ING or AIG can't remember which acronym) wants a commitment before they even build it and it's just not going to happen. Khan wants to give it a go in Jax. If we were to move to L.A. he would have to publicly commit to the stadium before it was even built automatically killing his market here in Jax. I don't believe anyone can afford to los 4 years of business JUST to move to a "better market".
2 years, 2 months ago on Flipping The Bird! Screw LA!
I'm so stoked we signed Tahi! OK...well we did sign a fullback. Need to keep a closer ear to the ground. Thanks, Luke!
2 years, 2 months ago on Tweaking the Roster - Jags Cuts and Signings May 7th
Thanks, Luke! Ya know I really do think West can make the team. He's just a solid receiver who is familiar with the system. There were times last year it looked like him and Blaine had some chemistry. Maybe I'm delusional.
2 years, 2 months ago on Projecting the 53; OFFENSE
Nice work, Daniel. Enjoyed this very much. Huge fan of roster analysis.
2 years, 2 months ago on The Jaguars’ Post-Draft Roster
Thank you, Zoltan. We live in an immediate gratification society. We need to be patient with the development of our young QB. I'm so sick and tired of the national media slamming Gabbert. He's a rookie QB who wasn't even supposed to start last year for crying out loud! He now has a full offseason, much better weapons, and the leagues leading rusher. I'd bet my bottom dollar he'll have a much improved season. It's important for the local media, B&T included, to shoot it to the fans straight and stand behind our team because if we don't who will? I'm ready to watch Gabbert make everyone eat crow for breakfast lunch and dinner. ALL IN.
2 years, 2 months ago on "Excuses are for weak people" - Blaine Gabbert
Awesome article! Very insightful.
2 years, 2 months ago on A Tale of Two Cities... in the Same State
Quick turnaround in today's NFL. Add in the fact that the AFC south is up for grabs, and yeah playlets could happen. The team has to do things a lot differently this year, but like you said...new players, new coaches. Stranger things have happened. I'd just like to eliminate the big blow outs (i.e. 2011 Atlanta, San Diego, NY Jets) and the end of game collapses (i.e. 2011 Cincinatti, Cleveland, Houston) for starters. Do I think the playoffs are possible? ANYTHING is possible in today's NFL. The Lions were 0-16 not too long ago. As previously stated...quick NFL turnaround. Texans will be tough to deal with with or without a healthy Schaub (they won in Jacksonville with T.J. Yates last year). Colts are still in shambles regardless of Luck. Who knows how he will do? I see the Titans having a very mediocre season. But overall this team has to play with ferocity which I believe they can. Can't say it enough, quick turnaround in today's game.
2 years, 2 months ago on A Brand New Offense?
And Jason, I've never been a big believer in Matt Ryan. If Mularkey can set up Ryan for success, then I'm a believer that Gabbert can flourish.
Keenan, maybe I'm being a "victim of the moment" as Skip Bayless would put it. I certainly hope he can be that guy. Either way he's going to bring a positive impact to our anemic passing offense.
Very true! If that's the case, I know we'll hear a lot of whining and complaining. But what was Gene supposed to do ya know? They've literally done everything right this offseason if you ask me.
2 years, 2 months ago on 2012 NFL Draft Grades By Team - B&T Editor's Edition
Gabbert officially has no excuse. He has to be able to hit these receivers.
Haha! Touche! Punters are people too! He's on the team isn't he? Looks like I have no choice. I'm hesitant to write on Blackmon and Branch though. They're already well-covered.
2 years, 2 months ago on An OLB, CB, and a DT
You're right. We'll be lucky if one sticks, but maybe they could be groomed into something on down the road. I'm somewhat skeptical of Marshall, but I like Harris and what I've seen from Pendelton. With these late round guys it's all about development. At least we got Blackmon. I think Branch will make an immediate impact, and Anger really is a good punter. So in all actuality we have 3 new starters on offense, defense, and special teams. Even though I don't agree with the pick, it is what it is. Might as well accept it! Debate is what drives these sites. No one will read if we agree on everything all the time.
2 years, 2 months ago on Pass Rushing DE and...A PUNTER!?
You're a good man...sheesh can't believe I just did that....You're a good man, Charlie Brown!
Terry, your a good man. Thank you for putting up with me. I know I seem overly aggressive and irrational at times, but I swear it's because I love this team. How do you feel about the Brandon Marshall and the FSU CB pick? Overall, I feel this was a good draft for us. I think they are ALL in a good position to contribute right away. I like your take on football. Thank you for being man enough t say what you really think and not back tracking.
The more I think about it the more I know this was a good pick. This team punts a lot. If one of these 3rd round guys picked after Anger explodes onto the scene, you BETTER not post a "we should have drafted ______" I will call you out on it.
I understand your logic. But that kind of conservative logic will get you the #7 pick in the 2013 draft. I'd rather take a chance on the next mike wallace than have a sure footed punter. Looks like we've got big plans for the offense. THAT is all.
And for some reason everyone thinks we just drafted the greatest punter of all time. Just because he's a punter doesn't mean he'll never shank a few. How in the world are the chances of him being a bad punter lower? Is it just because he's a punter?
That's quite a list! And no I do not because Anger has not played a down in the NFL. Do you think a punter could have the same impact as one of these guys? I don't know how you're presenting the list. Is this supposed to be a bad list if players? They all look (for the most part) very solid contributors. Some would even say a few players on here are explosive.
So basically what you're saying is...Gene just wanted to draft someone who could make the team. Do I think this pick has the best odds of a good choice? No. I highly doubt the prospects in the 3rd round were so bad that a punter should be drafted over them. As far as prospects drafted after Anger that could help other teams win? The Bengals took Sanu who could be paired with A.J. Green. The Cards took Fleming after Anger and he could be a slot corner. Brandon Brooks, the guard from Miami (OH) will more than likely fill the holes left in the offseason. Michael Egnew is a great big target number 2 TE for Miami. Tyrone Crawford will be thrown into the D-Line rotation in Dallas immediately, even if it is just spot duty he will see the field. Sean Spence will see the field in Pittsburgh, their rookies always do no matter what round because they know how to scout. Tony Bergstrom is a hard working blue collar tackle who will be a swing tackle on gameday. Think a swing tackle isn't important? Think again. Anyways all of these guys were taken after Anger. I wonder what the odds are for a 5th rounder. Probably even less than 1 in 4. So wouldn't it have made more sense to get him in a LATER ROUND? That's a decision you make around the 6th or 7th. Getting the top ranked punter in the 7th? That's called value.
Wow! Great work, Jason. You got a handful of these absolutely spot on. Very impressive!
2 years, 2 months ago on Final 2-Round Mock Draft
I'm actually very surprised we got Blackmon. Pleasantly surprised at that. I'm not gonna pretend like I had him coming here, but he's a top five talent and we got him at 6. We improved the weakest part of our team. Gabbert just got a whole lotta weapons. Is it football season yet?
2 years, 2 months ago on Justin Blackmon Goes To the Jags
I love Gilmore at 7. The more research I do, the more I believe he'd be a very viable option. Chandler Jones going to the Pats would be interesting. He's certainly shooting up draft boards.
2 years, 3 months ago on Final 2-Round Mock Draft
Great point, Luke! I don't think it will be, but Lord knows I'd love to have Maze. The good ole numbers crunch would strike again, however.
2 years, 3 months ago on 7 Rounds, 7 Picks, 7 Rookies
*we're...typing from a smart phone at the arts market is not easy!
2 years, 3 months ago on Throwin' Darts...My Full 1st Round Mock.
I'm not sold on him either, but I think that's who were gonna get.
Yeah, I don't think anyone knew who McClelin was until the NFL Network started hyping the ever loving crap out of him. His tape looks good, but I'd like to see exactly how his sacks were distributed. Did they come all in a two game stretch, etc.? I dig your bold prediction with Mercilus. If you get that one right (which you very well could!) you will look like a genius. Once again, nice mock!
2 years, 3 months ago on Mock Draft #1
I really dig the Chiefs trading up scenario. I honestly didn't really even think of that, but it would make total sense. Sam IS correct, however. No way Mercilus falls out, and I can't picture Coughlin taking Mike Adams-it would make sense, but didn't Adams just test positive for pot at the combine? Not very Coughlin-like. Just sayin. No Shea McClelin either? It's going to be interesting to see when HE will go. It's that time of year when everyone is lying their tails off. Nice mock. A lot better than some of the crap that's floating around.
You know Harris has a heart condition right? I personally believe that's why he's supposed to go so late. Docs say he's healing though.
2 years, 3 months ago on Day 2 and 3 Prospects Pt. 3
Michael Smith is a BIG time late round sleeper. Man if we got him in the 7th, or even better UDFA...I'd pass out from excitment. Devon Wylie visited Jacksonville didn't he? Anyways the WR position in the 2012 draft is one that is both strong and deep. You can get good value any round. I'd be totally stoked to see both Wylie AND Childs in teal. Luke brought up a good point-always churn the roster. The best teams always have competition at every position. The more wideouts we bring in, the better. How is Gabbert supposed to improve if he doesn't have quality wideouts? Anyways I LOVED the piece. Great work!
2 years, 3 months ago on Draft Fireworks - You Can't Coach Explosiveness
You're right it could happen. I saw the same mock draft today. Floyd's stock is rising very fast, and if Blackmon falls to us, we HAVE to take it...not because we need to but because getting a top 5 talent at No. 7 would be amazing!
2 years, 3 months ago on Justin Blackmon to the Jags - Could it be?
How do you feel about Orson Charles in the 2nd despite his DUI? Or maybe George Bryan in the latter rounds? Judging from the predraft visits, it's looking like we arent going to draft a TE terribly high if at all. Lewis just simply looked like he didn't care last year. I remember the 2nd time we played Houston last November...and just feeling the despair throughout the stadium as the ball slipped right through Lewis' hands in the endzone. I think Miller is a lot better than people give him credit for. He may only need more opportunity.
2 years, 3 months ago on Analyze That! The Tight Ends and Their Impact in 2012
This is a great article. 9 times out of 10, the only people who know what is happening with the Jaguars are Jags fans. They aren't popular whatsoever, but I'm on board with Khan. I'm "all in" if you will. I firmly believe that this team will show new life, and get back to the smash mouth, rugged, ruffians that they truly are.
2 years, 3 months ago on How The Jags Return to Relevance in 2012
One word: health. When healthy, I believe Evans COULD be a factor in the passing game. All I know is that the Jags' receiving corps has gotten considerably better this offseason. Laurent Robinson, Lee Evans, Mike Thomas, and two young receivers with upside in Taylor Price and Brian Robsiskie.
2 years, 3 months ago on Welcome Lee Evans to Jacksonville
If one of those talents falls to us, we'd be foolish not to snag one up. Great post.
2 years, 3 months ago on Maximizing Value, part II: Overdrafting
Ohhh c'mon...in my opinion by the end of 2010, Smith looked like a genius in picking Alualu where he did...I can't wait for him to get healthy. Sheesh the media is hard on Jax.
2 years, 3 months ago on Coming to the Defense of Tyson Alualu
The front four will be nasty. The more research I do, the more I want Melvin Ingram. Could you imagine that? Ingram, Knight, Alualu, Mincey? WOW.
2 years, 3 months ago on Mean Front Four
Thoughts: Gabbert's receivers did him NO favors. The entire offense did him no favors. The receivers couldn't get open and in turn the blocking schemes broke down. Mularkey did an exceptional job of protecting Matt Ryan his rookie year, masking the weaker parts of his game, and playing to his strengths. All in all-Gabbert will be better this year if we get him more capable WRs, better protection, and lean on the forte of our offense-MJD. How much better is yet to be seen.
2 years, 3 months ago on Looking Ahead to Blaine Gabbert's Second Season
I think that a lot of the media guys and experts are particularly hard on the Jaguars due to the small market. I agree, Derek Cox is a solid CB, and I'm a firm believer that if Rashad Jennings could stay healthy and get on the field then he could be a nice compliment to MJD. I know you didn't mention him, but he's still a part of the recent draft classes. Daryl Smith is incredibly underrated, but I DO think, however, Britton could do a better job. I like how Smith conducts himself in the draft-he wants who he wants no matter what.
With that being said, even if this team IS a couple of players away from making the playoffs, the coaches are going to have to implement culture change within the locker room which could take some time. There are high character guys here though. It might not take that long. Who knows?
2 years, 3 months ago on NFL Draft 2012 - Jags Building on Recent History
Cox and Knighton have both panned out. If Knighton could get his weight under control, he'd be a force. I also like that Prosinski kid we got last year. NickleandDime, not everyone's gonna be a future hall of famer.
2 years, 3 months ago on Day 2 and 3 Prospects Pt. 1
I like Ingram. He's definitely the best pass rusher in the draft. Do I think he's a better football player than Blackmon? No. I don't. But both would satisfy that special situation where "needs meets opportunity." If given the option between the two, I believe Smith would go with Ingram.
2 years, 3 months ago on Our First Round Pick: Taking A Look At Melvin Ingram
You can go ahead and scratch Claiborne. Even if he fell to us, I doubt Gene Smith wants a guy who scored a 4 on the wonderlic. If Blackmon by some miracle falls to us, I don't necessarily think it'd be a bad thing to draft him...not because we need him, but because he's a borderline top 5 talent. Reiff is the second rated tackle, but not the 7th best football player in the draft.
How do you feel about Michael Brockers from LSU?
2 years, 3 months ago on Sexy vs Sensible