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@Bobbyp84 Yeah I didn't really know how many I was going to end up with when I started. Meester and Mincey were close too. Mincey's only had one really solid year as a starter and Meester is getting pretty long in the tooth.
2 years, 5 months ago on The Jaguars and Top Ten Players
This is a nice way to see how difficult our schedule is. I didn't realize we faced those QBs in the top 5, kind of intimidating.
2 years, 6 months ago on Jaguars Schedule Roster Strength: Quarterback
@LukeNSims Yeah I remember him still being pretty good when we let him go. And we thought we solved our safety problem with Reggie Nelson... oops :/
2 years, 6 months ago on First Team All-Jaguars: Defense/Special Teams
These are all really good points. Mularkey's been known to use a balanced approach and then take shots downfield, and our offensive line really is set up for that strategy. And I couldn't be more excited to have Jennings back. From what I here he's almost as ripped as Greg Jones.
2 years, 6 months ago on Jaguars Running Wild in 2012
@Nomad72 Agreed. A lot of people thought Thomas could develop into a consistent, go-to receiver like Steve Smith. He's not on that level, but he could and should be a solid number three and contribute.
2 years, 6 months ago on Jaguars “Way Too Early” 2012 Superlatives
This is an interesting take, but I think there are some fairly significant differences between Gene's confidence in this roster, and the confidence the former GM Shack Harris had in his 2008 roster.
In 2008, the Jaguars were counting on A LOT of player that were aging/past their prime - John Henderson, Paul Spicer, Rob Meier, Brian Williams, Reggie Hayward, Tony Pashos, Mike Peterson - most of these players were 28, 29, 30 and on the tail end of their prime if not past it.
In 2012, most of Gene's draft picks and young free agent signings are approaching their prime. And even the question marks - Eben Britton, D'Anthony Smith, Austen Lane - are young enough and haven't seen the field enough where you can write them off.
I do agree, looking back at 2008 it was pretty clear there were a lot of positions - safety, DE, offensive line - where the Jags thought they were set that were clearly still a problem. But I don't think this is an identical situation.
2 years, 7 months ago on Are The Jaguars Once Again Becoming Hubristic With Their Roster?
Meh, I can't get mad. We were 5-11 last year and we had arguably the worst quarterback play in the league. We shouldn't really be getting any respect. And who cares, it's more fun to sneak up on people and smack em' in the mouth.
2 years, 7 months ago on DISRESPECT.
This is a good read, as the season goes on I'm sure a lot of comparisons are going to be made with all these guys. Good point about Jeffrey - I'm curious to see how he's going to play. He went to the combine and his pro day at a significantly lower weight than he played.
2 years, 7 months ago on 2012 Draft's Top Receivers - A Mini-Camp Comparison
Those last couple spots at the cornerback position are going to be interesting, I like what I saw out of Trent last year. Good stuff!
2 years, 7 months ago on Projecting the 53; DEFENSE
@BradleyBarrell You're right, those two should be on the roster as is. It would be nice to see Shorts step up and take that 4th receiver spot away from Evans, and hopefully Whimper won't be forced to see the field too much.
2 years, 7 months ago on The Jaguars’ Post-Draft Roster
You guys shoulda used a random number generator like I did...
2 years, 7 months ago on Daniel Lago - The 1st Round Rumble Winner
If I was choosing from your list for rounds 2-7, I'd be thrilled if it ended up with:
2. Chandler Jones
3. AJ Jenkins
4. Michael Egnew
5. Chris Rainey
6. Coty Sensabaugh
7. Dale Moss
And hopefully we can trade back in the first. Good stuff!
2 years, 8 months ago on Jaguars 7 Round Mock
It would be pretty awesome if we could move back and still take Cox. Great stuff!
2 years, 8 months ago on Mock Draft #1
@BradHodges @LukeNSims Agreed, especially about Atlanta. They lost their best defensive player and they hired Dirk Koetter to run their offense, which Jaguar fans were thrilled about.
2 years, 8 months ago on Most Improved Team 2012 - Who Will It Be?
If the best player on the board when it's your turn to pick is from a big school, sure go for it. But you definitely don't pass on a better player from a small-school just because he's from a small-school. No one's going to care that Joe Schmo is from Ohio State if he sucks.
Fleener could be a sneaky pick by the Jags if he slips to the second round though.
2 years, 8 months ago on Star Power - Why the Jags Small-School Focus is Hurting the Team
@MichaelSchottey Douzable only started the last 6 games at end because of injuries to every end except Mincey. He's a tackle who played out of position because there was no one else.
Alualu clearly played well enough for the coaches to keep him in despite his injury. If he really was playing so poorly, they would have just put him on IR and let him heal up.
2 years, 8 months ago on Coming to the Defense of Tyson Alualu
@MichaelSchottey What? Douzable and Alualu played more than three-quarters of their snaps at defensive tackle. They were playing in position, and they were both solid.
@NickelandDime All but two of Gene's draft picks are still in the NFL. A 90% chance of the making it three years in the NFL is far from lucky.
2 years, 8 months ago on Day 2 and 3 Prospects Pt. 1
I don't think it's fair to give Gene a hard grade for Britton and Smith being injured. They haven't been cut, and they still have the talent to compete and help the team. If you look at it that way, Gene hasn't picked any full-on "busts" yet in the first 3 rounds.
2 years, 8 months ago on Gene Smith's Pick and Pray Game
I love your idea of opening up the endzone and bringing in bleachers for the Florida-Georgia game.
I think the stigma of the tarps is going to go away when the Jaguars start winning. The fanbase showed that it can fill the entire stadium to it's true capacity when we were winning back in the early/Coughlin days, but there's no reason to have a stadium that big in our market right now.
Also the national media is stupid. I'm going to try to include that in as many posts as I can from now on.
2 years, 8 months ago on Mr. Khan, Tear Down These Tarps!
@NickelandDime He played mostly defensive end in a 4-3 at South Carolina and he's the same exact size as Dwight Freeney. He would be fine as an end in a 4-3 scheme.
2 years, 8 months ago on Our First Round Pick: Taking A Look At Melvin Ingram
@babrah U MAD BRO?!?!
2 years, 8 months ago on AFC South Exposed: The Houston Texans are Screwed
Welcome to the team Antonio! I don't know if Gene can take Floyd at 7, I imagine he'll try to trade back if he really wants him. The receiver class is so deep, you don't need to take one in the top ten. I agree about Coples, I'm not sold on him.
2 years, 8 months ago on Why the Jags Will Pick a Receiver in Round One
I'm with you on the Ravens. Not as big a fan of the Bucs, way too many holes defensively last year and a lot of youth and punks on that team. Hopefully we can start creeping the Jags up in the rankings if Blaine starts flashing when the offseason practices start.
2 years, 8 months ago on NFL Power Rankings - B&T Editor's Pre-Draft Edition
Great piece Lionel! We're glad to have you! A+ for making fun of the hairdo
2 years, 8 months ago on Gene Smith: All In
@Mopp By your logic, why don't we get Vince Young instead? All he does is win, and he's a free agent! Hell, he has a better completion percentage and made a couple pro bowls!
2 years, 9 months ago on Tim Tebow: The Jaguars Didn’t Completely Dodge the Bullet, it Grazed Them
@LukeNSims @filsinger6 It's pretty simple, if they thought Locker was ready to play they wouldn't have gone after manning.
2 years, 9 months ago on AFC South Exposed: The Tennessee Titans are Screwed
@SorianoJoe Yeah I saw that the Bucs were really active. I'm not as much of a fan as Jackson, but getting Nicks was a solid move. If Freeman can get back to his 2010 form, the Bucs should be in the mix for the division.
But as far as Henne, I really don't think he'll be pushing for the starting job. Gabbert showed more at the end of the year, and he should have better weapons and coaching around him than last year.
2 years, 9 months ago on Grading the Jaguars' Free Agency (So Far)
Tannehill might be someone that teams are willing to move up for, and Jacksonville happens to be in a good spot with teams like Miami and Seattle right behind them. It's gonna be an exciting draft for sure.
2 years, 9 months ago on Wheeling and Dealing - How the Jags Can Trade Back
Johnson resigned with the Bills, and it sucks because he signed for a pretty reasonable number too. I think he would've been near the top of the list too if he made it to free-agency.
2 years, 9 months ago on Steve Johnson - In-Depth Analysis on Why He'd Fit With The Jags
@RonGodwin You're absolutely right, good catch!
2 years, 9 months ago on The Jaguars Coaching Staff: The Recruitment Effect
I got to see Stephen Hill a few times in person here at GT, and the dude can run. A lot of his catches were pretty tough too, Tevin Washington doesn't exactly throw the prettiest ball.
2 years, 9 months ago on NFL Draft 2012 - Top Receivers for Jacksonville
I hope D'Anthony Smith at least gets to see the field before we let him go, I want to see what he can do when he gets a shot.
2 years, 10 months ago on Oft-Injured Players Who Aren't Worth It
I'd be shocked if they drafted a QB with their first pick, but I wouldn't at all be surprised if they picked up someone like Kellen Moore or Case Keenum later in the draft. Most of the time when a team drafts another QB really high, the QB on the team is usually established and on the wrong side of 30. But I think you make a good point, especially about Young and Montana. It's easy to forget that Young just sat back and watched how to win super bowls before he got his chance to start.
2 years, 10 months ago on With the 7th pick of the NFL draft, the Jaguars Pick a Quarterback?
These odds are predicated on which teams are "public" teams, i.e. the teams people will bet on. I wouldn't be surprised if the Jaguars generally get the least play in Vegas out of all the NFL teams, hence the low odds. The Patriots are a pretty popular team, and because of their recent success they are generally a cop-out play for a lot of betters.
But you gotta take 150-1 odds, always. If Seth Rogen ever wins an oscar, I'm going to be a rich man.
2 years, 10 months ago on Jaguars Have Lowest Odds of Winning 2013 Super Bowl
@KeenanJ I think if we hadn't drafted Gabbert last year, Manning would be a possibility. But having drafted him and already started him, it would be counterproductive to his future with the team to go pursue another starting quarterback. It would be interesting though, especially with all the anticipated changes in the offensive personnel this offseason.
2 years, 10 months ago on Tis’ the Season of Speculation
This is a tough decision, mostly because of our situation with Jeremy Mincey. If we want to bring both back, we're likely going to have to overpay, which means we're going to have a ton of money tied up into two defensive ends. I personally would go for it, and I think Gene will definitely make an aggressive attempt. This would fit into Smith's strategy of filling needs in free agency so he can go BAP in the draft.
2 years, 11 months ago on Should the Jaguars Pursue Mario Williams in Free Agency?
@jagsfan94 He mostly talked about the run blocking. He never said they did a good job pass blocking this year. That's a pretty accurate assessment.
2 years, 11 months ago on The Offensive Line - Time to Gel
@LukeNSims@KeenanJ Agreed. If any coach could have come in and had a successful vertical passing game with this group of receivers... I want to meet that man.
2 years, 11 months ago on Receiving the Blame: Why the Jaguars Couldn't Pass the Ball in 2011.
@KeenanJ I definitely wouldn't say Dirk was the most culpable, but there's a reason he wasn't brought back or promoted to interim coach. I disagree about the premise that Blaine should have been able to grasp the scheme because of it's simplicity. The Garrard offense was based on play-action and "run-and-stop" routes, while Blaine was coming out of the spread where it was a quick throw, first read offense. They're just so fundamentally different, it's hard to expect a 22 year old kid to come in and perform if you don't cater to what he already does well. And you couldn't be more correct about the experience factor - this offseason should do wonders for him.
@Cadams2691 Yeah you make a good point about Luke McCown. I think Gene and the coaches knew that it was going to be a rough go-of-it on offense and they didn't want to throw Blaine in the fire right away. But then McCown had a historically bad game against the Jets and they decided to just go for it. And it's good you believe in Blaine - if you're a Jags fan you should believe in him. He's our QB and he's going to determine how far this team goes in the next few years.
@LukeNSims@viral Boldin was traded for (for 3 draft picks) and so was Santonio Holmes (after he got suspended for 4 games). Mason was a free agent this past offseason but was so underutilized this year that he retired. When teams get a good wide receiver they don't let him go. You NEED to hit on draft picks to build a solid receiving core, and Gene hasn't really. This offseason is going to be an exception with how many quality receivers are going to be available as free agents. But then again, if the receivers who are UFA are really that good, they're going to get franchised.
2 years, 11 months ago on Gene Smith's Weakness: Wide Receivers
@viral@dlago89 Even over the last 3 years, how many free agent wide receivers that switched teams actually made an impact?
Just playing devil's advocate (because our receivers have sucked for as long as I can remember): Who were supposed to sign in free agency? Most of the big name free agent receivers over the last three years haven't worked out. This year is probably the best for free agent receivers in a long time. I agree he definitely could have snagged a late round receiver the last few years. Seeing the Steelers get Mike Wallace in the 3rd round and the Giants get Victor Cruz as an undrafted free agent is rough.
@PennStateBarb@dlago89 No problem, I understand why you would be upset. Believe me, I know how fine Penn State is as an academic institution. Three professors that have taught me were Penn State alum or taught there previously.
As far as football, good luck to Penn State. Unless UF plays them in a bowl game again, and we win again :)
2 years, 11 months ago on Cutting Through The Mularkey: How We Ended Up With Our New Coach
@PennStateBarb I really don't intend for my articles to be taken that seriously, I try to inject some sarcasm. Of course I'm aware that a single incident like that doesn't characterize the entire student body at Penn State. I'm thrilled O'Brien went to Penn State, and I'm actually sorry so many Penn State alum were upset about his hiring. I though he was a fine candidate for the Jags job. I don't really understand the comment about my loyalty, I'm perfectly content with the Mularkey hiring.