Tag:Jacksonville Jaguars
Posted on: January 10, 2012 10:46 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2012 10:48 pm
 

Why Mularkey for Jaguars?

There was chatter going around the NFL the past couple of days that the Atlanta Falcons were considering firing offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey.

Now he's the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

I don’t get it.

What is the attraction? What's the selling point?

Was it his stint as a head coach of the Buffalo Bills, where his record was a sterling 14-18?

Or was it seeing six of the 10 offenses he's led in the past decade as coordinator or head coach finish 10th or lower in points, including four at 15 or lower?

Or was it the two points the Falcons scored in Sunday's NFC playoff loss to the New York Giants, those coming on a safety, meaning his offense was shut out?

I do know that Jaguars general manager Gene Smith was fond of Mularkey. And Mularkey must have wowed new owner Shahid Khan in the interview. One other selling point could be that Mularkey is willing to keep on defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, who was the team's interim coach. Smith is also high on Tucker.

"I don’t get it," one league coach said. "He quit at Buffalo and he quit on the Dolphins because he didn't like Nick Saban. What's the attraction?"

Mularkey, a former college tight end at Florida, did have early success as a coordinator in Pittsburgh when the Steelers finished second in points scored in his first season running the offense in 2001. But the highest ranking since was fourth by the Falcons in 2010.

Khan has said the league is a passing league and that the Jaguars need to move to being one of those teams, especially with quarterback Blaine Gabbert. In Mularkey's 10 seasons running an offense, his teams have been in the top-10 in rushing attempts five times.

In Atlanta, he was considered too conservative for the talent he had on offense.  Several times players privately wished that the offense were more open. The Falcons were a more up-tempo offense when Matt Ryan called the plays at the line of scrimmage and they had more success.

The word "predictable" was one that was heard when the Atlanta offense was mentioned.

It's a risky move for the Jaguars for sure. One bit of advice for Gabbert: Practice those rollouts. You now will be running plenty of them.

Posted on: November 29, 2011 9:04 am
Edited on: November 29, 2011 12:45 pm
 

Del Rio done in by offensive style

Jack Del Rio is proof of what happens when you are married to an outdated offense.

You can't win.

When Del Rio was hired as coach, owner Wayne Weaver said, "No more three yards and a cloud of dust."

Only problem is that now they have a two-yards-and-punt offense.

Del Rio was fired Tuesday, and it's been a long time coming. His teams became an offenisve eyesore over the years. The offense this season is last in the league -- and it's not close.

Even though it was thought Del Rio had lost his edge, in the end it was the way Del Rio played offense that led to his downfall. He was run-centric in a league where you can't be.

Defensive coordiantor Mel Tucker becomes the team's interim coach, and he's a good coach. But this team has to get better on offense. It has to be built around the pass, like the other good teams.

Tucker will get consdieration for the top job, but I imagine the next coach will be an offensive guy.

The last nine years will tell you the reason why.


Category: NFL
Posted on: November 29, 2011 9:00 am
Edited on: November 29, 2011 11:33 am
 

Did Del Rio lose his drive?

Jack Del Rio is gone in Jacksonville, and it's been a long time coming.

Del Rio's wasn't liked inside the building the past couple of years, and there were many inside who felt once he got paid his big contract he lost the zest for being a head coach.

According to sources, Del Rio was coming into the office this year at around 9 a.m. most days and leaving early.

That rubbed his staff the wrong way. It rubbed the front office the wrong way.

It even became a bit of a joke inside the building as the time he entered the building was noted some days by the staff.

I never expected Del Rio to be fired during the season because that's not the way owner Wayne Weaver works. But his actions the past couple of months made it happen -- not the record.

Interim coach Mel Tucker has done a great job with his defense. Tucker is highly regarded inside the building. Does he have a chance to keep the job permanently? 

Probably not, but anyone who would get the job would be wise to take a look at keeping him as the defensive coordinator.

A team looking for one should also consider him.

Del Rio was 69-73 in Jacksonville with one playoff victory. Those are the numbers that get you fired a long time ago. He lasted too long, much to the chagrin of the fans and many inside the building.

It didn't help that he stopped being as passionate about his job as he was early in his tenure.

I liked Del Rio. But there were times he was too stubborn, married to an outdated offense that never seemed to get with the times. He was considered arrogant and inflexible. That doesn't win over friends in the building, and it didn't help he threw coaches under the bus.

Don't feel sad for him. He's made a lot of money as Jaguars coach and is owed $5 million next year. Del Rio will be fine.

Will the franchise? 

Category: NFL
Posted on: October 2, 2011 5:15 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2011 5:20 pm
 

Saints: Keep Jaguars around

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- If the New Orleans Saints are to be a Super Bowl contender again, they had better learn to put teams away.

They dominated the Jacksonville Jaguars for most of Sunday's game, yet had to hold on to escape with a 23-10 victory.

Here's how dominant the Saints were: They rolled up 503 yards to 274 for the Jaguars and had 30 first downs to 15, yet kept giving the Jaguars chance after chance.

Jacksonville, which is a limited offensive team that was starting a rookie quarterback in Blaine Gabbert, couldn't quite get totally back into the game,

A good team with a good offense does.

The Saints are a good team. But they must learn to put teams away and soon.

That's what we've come to expect from Sean Payton's teams. But on this day, it wasn't the case.

Luckily, the Saints got away with one.

Posted on: July 28, 2011 3:36 pm
 

Huge Pot Roast

The call him Pot Roast, and he's a big one.

Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton, one of the key players on the Jacksonville Jaguars defense, was held out of the team's first practice Thursday because he is overweight. Knighton said he's about 10 pounds away from his playing weight of 334.

One Jaguars source laughed at that.

"Ten pounds," he said. "You're kidding me, right?"

Knighton, who is a Pro Bowl-caliber player when he's in shape, weighs closer to 365 pounds.  He also didn't complete the team's conditioning test, although Knighton said it was because he pulled up with a hamstring injury.

During the first 10 games of the 2010 season, Knighton was as good as any inside player in the league not named Ndamukong Suh. But he tailed off late after he gained weight, a lesson Knighton told me he took to heart.

Knighton came to workouts last year at 385, so at least he's made some progress. . But he has a long way to go to get back on the field with that hamstring injury -- wink, wink.

Category: NFL
Posted on: December 27, 2010 4:13 pm
 

Monday Musings

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---If the Jacksonville Jaguars lose to the Houston Texans this week, there is talk that a change will be coming as far the coaching position is concerned. Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio has won one playoff game in eight seasons and owner Wayne Weaver pretty much stated that a playoff berth and nothing else was expected this season. The Jaguars are in the middle of another December collapse that has the fan base angry. They want Del Rio's head. If Weaver, who would owe Del Rio $10 million for the next two years, decides to make a change, one name to watch is Connecticut coach Randy Edsall. He worked under Tom Coughlin when he was the coach in Jacksonville and general manager Gene Smith knows him well. The two are cut from the same workaholic ways. One thing to note about Edsall: He has coached on both sides of the ball in his career, which the Jaguars are said to like. There's also a chance David Garrard will be playing his last game with the team this week. Garrard is due to make $9 million in 2011, far too much. It is expected the team will ask him to take a pay cut and they will draft a quarterback in the April draft. If he refuses, they will likely play with Trent Edwards and the rookie. Del Rio and Garrard have been linked since Del Rio made the decision to play him and release Byron Leftwich in 2007.  It's been a tandem that just hasn't done enough to appease what is a rejuvenated fan base.

 

--I love all those media members screaming that Sunday's Eagles-Vikings game should not have been postponed. Could you have imagined the scene trying to get out of that stadium after that snowstorm? The NFL did the right thing. Sure, the game could have been played. But why risk deaths to play a football game? That was no ordinary blizzard.

 

---I don’t believe the talk Andrew Luck is going back to Stanford, no matter what Jim Harbaugh says. Two words: Jake Locker. If Locker had entered the draft last year, he would have been a top-10 pick. Now he’ll be lucky to go in the first round. Luck is a smart man. His dad is a smart man. He will be gone. Watch sand see.

 

---Lock of the year: Tom Brady for MVP. He has 34 touchdown passes and four interceptions. He hasn't thrown in interception since October. Unreal.

 

---Searching for a problem area for the Jets defense? Take a peak at the outside rushers. They just aren't good enough. In that 3-4 scheme, you need big-time rushers off the edge.

 

---The way the Tennessee Titans played Sunday, I find it hard to believe Jeff Fisher comes back. I think owner Bud Adams will let him out of the final year of his contract to seek other employment.

 

---Gary Kubiak won’t be far behind. How can the Texans keep him after this season? I don’t think they do.  Does he wind up back in Denver working for John Elway, the man he used to back up?

 

---Don’t go to sleep on Bill Cowher to Carolina. I know they might be reluctant to pay, but I hear Cowher is willing to take less money for the right situation -- with bonuses.  Miami will also be in play for Cowher.

 

----The 49ers are said to be eyeing a veteran general manager to take over running their team. Why not a young guy, like the Falcons did with Thomas Dimitroff? Steve Keim who runs the Arizona Cardinals personnel department, would be a good hire. So would Eric DeCosta, who works under Ozzie Newsome in Baltimore. Or Terry McDonough, who works under Gene Smith in Jacksonville. There are other young guys out there who deserve a chance. Let's get off recycling guys for a change.

 

---When does Bill Parcells' name leak into some team's plans to revamp their organization? It's about that time

---All those out there ready to bury Carson Palmer might have been a little premature. His four touchdown passes Sunday show he still has some talent. It helped that he had speed outside in Jerome Simpson, a receiver who was considered a bust until Sunday. Simpson can run, and he showed that speed off with six catches for 124 yards and a touchdown. Not having Terrell Owens or Chad Ochocinco didn't matter for Palmer.

 

 --This might sound strange, but the Colts will be a tough out come playoff time. Let's not forget they were driving to take the lead on New England at Foxboro late in their loss a little over a month ago.  Peyton Manning can always get hot and the running game has come to life.

 

 

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