Season in Review – Jacksonville Jaguars

By Tim_MonkF10Y

Time to look at the London Jacksonville Jaguars, just a few seasons removed from being 5 minutes or so away from beating the Patriots in the AFC title game and appearing in a Super Bowl. Fair to say that since then, they’ve taken a nose dive quicker than the most theatrical of Soccer players. Are the good times ever going to come back to Jacksonville? Or are they destined for misery until a move overseas occurs?


ENTERING THE SEASON


2019, the post Blake Bortles era (or error). It was looked upon as a fresh new start with a fresh new Quarterback, breathing new life in to the team and the franchise. Opinions were split when Nick Foles signed a 4 year $88m deal to become the new face of the Jaguars, effectively choosing him over paying the defence or trying to get a QB in the 2019 draft. Mr Khan, Tom Coughlin and co. were seemingly under the impression their Super Bowl window was still open. High expectations for a team that have finished with a points differential of worse than -50 every year since 2008 except for that AFC conference visiting year of 2017.

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Leonard Fournette, their 1st round running back from 2017 had yet to complete a full season (either through disciplinary consequences or injury) was under pressure to perform even before they selected Ryquell Armstead in the 2019 draft. The defence were branded as the type who quit on the fans and the team towards the end of last season and were labelled as a group who thought they were better than they were based on previous years’ performances whilst Doug Marrone, seemingly enters every year under pressure, somehow always manages to come out on the other side.


DURING THE SEASON


Jacksonville were handed one of the tougher draws right out of the gate, with a home game against the Kansas City Chiefs. However, Nick Foles left off where he finished from the Super Bowl and led the Jaguars to a fine 2nd drive. Problem was, he would no longer participate in the game after going down on the touchdown throw to DJ Chark, breaking his clavicle.


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Enter, Gardner Minshew (or Mr Moustache as he would later be known). The 6th round rookie draft pick out of Washington State would go on to lead the Jaguars for the next 8 games. He started off well, leading the team to wins over the Titans and away in Denver. “Minshew Mania” had struck. Close defeats to Carolina and New Orleans followed up by wins over the Bengals and the Jets meant that London were treated to Minshew Mania in week 9. Oh how it capitulated so horribly.

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Mr Moustache’s exerts in London of 2 awful Interceptions, 2 gut wrenching fumbles lost and 3 sacks taken culminated with the hapless Jaguars mustering just the 3 Josh Lambo points at Wembley Stadium. Minshew Mania officially died.

The Jags entered their week 10 bye at 4-5, Doug Marrone had seen enough of the Minshew Mania and recalled Nick Foles, back from injury. Fortunes were not to be with the Jaguars though and Foles lost the next 3 games. The latter of those losses to Floridian neighbours, Tampa Bay where Foles “did a Minshew” of sorts, throwing an interception and losing 2 fumbles, achieving only 3 1st downs in his 27 snaps from the start of the game. Minshew came in for the other 41 snaps for the Jaguars’ offence but to no avail.


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The Jaguars fell to 4-8 and rode with Minshew until the end of the season, going 2-2 in that stretch with wins against division rivals in week 17 in a dead rubber but they did manage to upset the Raiders in the final game in Oakland where Minshew led the team to a great final drive to win it. In the midst of all that, Mr Iron Fist and VP of football operations for the Jags, Tom Coughlin got the boot after allegations of excessive fines and player grievances.

One bright spot on the season was DJ Chark, who broke out for 73 receptions and over 1000 yards on the season, finding the endzone 8 times. Dede Westbrook, the guy we all thought would have that type of season, fell well short on 66 receptions with 660 yards and found pay dirt just 3 times. Leonard Fournette managed to compete in 15 out of the 16 games this season, but avoided the endzone like the plague, finding it just 3 times also.

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Whilst the teams passing offence held up somewhat even after the Jaguars traded motor mouth Jalen Ramsey to the Rams after week 6 for 2 future 1st round picks, it was the rushing aspect of their defensive duties the jaguars defence failed particularly well on, giving up the 2nd most yards per attempt (5.1) and rushing touchdowns (23). Rookie first rounder from the 2019 draft Josh Allen made it to the Pro Bowl in his first season after his efforts saw him achieve a team high 10.5 sacks.


OFFSEASON OUTLOOK


After the dust settled, it was yet another season finishing in the AFC South basement. A few more years and they’ll legally be able to claim squattage. Doug Marrone has been given yet another vote of confidence which could mean 1 of 2 things: 1) they think Marrone is the right man for the job or 2) he’s just keeping the seat warm until they move to London. With the Jaguars playing 25% of their “home” games at Wembley next year in back to back games, the overseas Franchise rumours linked with the Jaguars will never die and seemingly is only trending in one direction. Jaguars fans in Florida are angered by this latest move, mainly because of the lack of transparency given by owner Shahid Khan.

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Jacksonville are trying to accommodate Khan’s requests for upgrades in the town, with Khan putting a small % of his money in too, with upgrades in and aorund the stadium, but a lot more investement is earmarked for overseas, flowing across the Atlantic in the hopes of far bigger returns. The potential new market size bringing with it an untapped brand growing and monetising opportunities seems to be staring us all in the face that it is now a question of ‘when’ and not ‘if’.

On the field, the offseason will be fuelled yet again by Quarterback talk and don’t even be surprised if they draft one in 2020 considering they have 2 1st round picks to have a dart throw at one of them.

They are not flush with cap space entering next season so will have to get creative in order to make any major moves but expect to see at least 1 big name head for the exit door which could include any of Marcell Dareus ($20m saving), AJ Bouye ($11.5m) or recent NFL Man of the Year award winner Calais Campbell ($15m). Expect WR Marqise Lee, LB Jake Ryan & TE Geoff Swaim be cap casualties, who collectively would save the Jaguars around $15m in cap room.

Full10Lookahead – Week 11

By Tim Monk (@Tim_MonkF10Y)

Week 11 is here, plenty of juicy matchups on this weeks slate including a Super Bowl rematch and an AFC West classic in Mexico.


San Francisco Fallen-9ers

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The 49ers have now been defeated, ensuring that everyone that had betting tickets ona  perfect season ended up in the bin. To make matters worse, they are starting to get pretty banged up on both sides of the ball. Ronald Blair now adds to the injury list that includes Kwon Alexander, George Kittle and Matt Breida. Injury is the biggest way to negate execution; you can have the fancied schemes and the most cleverest of play designs, but if you don’t have the right personnel to execute it, it may as well be a run up the gut.

Can the 49ers now successfully start to negotiate their toughest part of their schedule with players that aren’t their starters and a squad that has just had their confidence slightly knocked after tasting defeat.

We’ll find out when they face familiar foes, the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.


Tank? What tank?


Don’t look now, but the Dolphins have the longest active win streak in the AFC East. Sounds impressive doesn’t it? It’s only 2 games though but even a win streak of that magnitude was seen as nothing more than a pipedream by the Miami Dolphins’ fans as we entered the season.

This week presents another winnable game as they welcome in division rivals, the Buffalo Bills.

Currently sitting with the #4 pick in the 2020 draft, a win for the Miami dolphins and other results panning out a certain way could see the dolphins pick nearer number 10 than number 1 which wasn’t the narrative coming in to the season.


SUBTRACTION BY DIVISION


A few divisional matchups this week sees potential playoff wildcard eliminators.

Thursday Night Football pits AFC North foes the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers togethr whilst the Colts and Jags do battle in the AFC South in Jacksonville.

The losers of these matches are likely not going to see January football due to what these matches mean for the head to head tiebreakers. For the neutrals and the viewers, it certainly does make for more interesting games with the stakes getting higher and higher as the weeks progress.


Fight for the AFC #2 seed


The game between Houston and Baltimore on Sunday could go a long way in deciding the potential number 2 seed in the AFC, with the potential of trying to catch the Patriots who face a tough game in Philadelphia in a Super Bowl rematch.

Houston are fresh off a bye after their win in London whilst the Baltimore Ravens are fresh off resting players in the 4th quarter against the Bengals. With 2 talented Quarterbacks, 2 questionable defences, this game has all the makings of a classic and a win for the Ravens coupled with a loss for the Patriots and the Ravens could see homefield advantage as a real possibility.


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Patriot bounceback?


Talking of the Patriots, as previously mentioned, the Patriots travel to Philadelphia for a rematch of Super Bowl. Fresh still in the memory is the titanic 41-33 classic in 2018 that I am sure the broadcasters will have enough filler to pad out the stoppages in play.

That being said, this is a critical game for both teams.

New England need a win to help secure yet another first round bye in January whilst Philadelphia need to try and overtake the Cowboys in the NFC East where it’s looking likely that only the division winner plays football in the postseason.

And on top of all that, maybe we’ll also answer the age-old question…Would Wentz have beaten the Patriots in the Super Bowl?


yeARS FROM TEARS


What a difference a year makes.

This time last year the Rams were about to improve to 10-1 when beating the Chiefs in the 54-51 classic in LA and the Bears gained a win over the Vikings to get to 7-3.

Fast forward to this year and there is a real chance that perhaps both of these teams miss the playoffs. They are both shadows of their former self and it’s amazing the contrast in confidence and execution from these two teams. I’m not saying that these 2 head coaches are in danger of being booted out on Black Monday, but Sir Alex Ferguson certainly has a phrase for how at least one of them may be feeling.

You may call it a Super Bowl hangover for the Rams, but what’s the excuse for the Bears?


Foles gold?

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Nick Foles makes his return to the NFL field on Sunday for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Whether or not you feel that is the right decision based on your perception of Gardner Minshew’s efforts, Doug Marrone and the front office will certainly see the view that their $88m investment should have the right to first crack.

Foles returns from a broken collarbone suffered in against the Chiefs after leading them to a touchdown drive in the first quarter. It remains to be seen whether he can come back and pick up where he left off.

The Jaguars will hope so as it’s not out of the question that they can grab that #6 seed.


Stadio Asteca take 2

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Rounding us off on Monday Night, Mexico gets another shot to host an NFL game.

Last year was the farce of the LA Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs where the Stadio Asteca was deemed not fit for purpose.

It was the Mexican natives that missed out on the game of the season with the Rams taking it 54-51.

No such worries this time (thus far) and hopefully this time around, the Chiefs and Chargers can put on a show for the international fans.

It’s just a shame that the billing may not live up to the hype…could be worse though, we got the Rams vs the Bengals.

AFC South Breakdown

By Adil Khan Deshmukh (@dillytoon)

Last Season
Texans 11-5

Colts 10-6

Titans 9-7

Jaguars 5-11

Houston Texans:

Draft Selections: Tytus Howard OT (1.23), Lonnie Johnson Jr. CB (2.22), Max Scharping OT (2.23), Kahale Warring TE (3.22), Charles Omenihu DE (5.22), Xavier Crawford CB (6.23), Cullen Gillaspia FB (7.06)

Off-season key additions: Tashaun Gipson FS, Bradley Roby CB, Matt Kalil LT, Duke Johnson RB (traded from Browns)

Off-season key departures: Tyrann Mathieu FS, Kareem Jackson CB, Kevin Johnson CB

Super Bowl Odds: 40/1

Analysis:

The Texans won the AFC South title last season with their stellar 11-5 record, however they were swept aside by the Colts in the Wildcard game 21-7 at NRG Stadium. However, DeAndre ‘big hands’ Hopkins ended the season as probably the most feared WR in the game and their defensive line is not too shabby either. The Texans decided to let the ‘Honey Badger’ Tyrann Mathieu leave to the Chiefs and they also lost their premier CB (Kareem Jackson) to the Broncos. At the time, GM Brian Gaine (now with the Bills), had tried to fill the gaps in the secondary with Tashuan Gipson (from Jacksonville), Bradley Roby and 2nd round draft pick Lonnie Johnson Jr. It’ll be interesting to see whether the secondary is effective as last year, but they sure can rush the opposing QB with JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney. On the offensive side of the ball, they will run through messrs Deshaun Watson and Hopkins. Following D’Onta Foreman’s release, they acquired Duke Johnson in a trade with the Browns and he will provide a decent foil for Lamar Miller in the backfield. The biggest bug bear for most Texans fans was their inability to protect the QB, with their offensive line giving a league high 62 sacks and 126 QB hits. They’ve attempted to bolster their line with first round pick Tytus Howard and the acquisition of Matt Kalil (1 year deal).

Look out for: The ongoing saga that is franchise tagged DE/OLB Jadeveon Clowney. Clowney has reached three successive Pro Bowls and wants to ‘get paid’ just like other elite defensive linemen. It will be interesting to see whether the Texans do indeed canvass the league for a trade. The most likely destinations from a cap space point of view are within the AFC South so it’s unlikely they’ll want to bolster their division rivals. As far as retaining their AFC South title, much will depend on how they deal with their difficult road start, with their first three away games against the Saints, Chargers and Chiefs. Additionally, they also have their first trip across the pond to the mighty Wembley Stadium.

Indianapolis Colts

Draft Selections: Rock Ya-Sin CB (2.02), Ben Banogu LB (2.17), Parris Campbell WR (2.27), Bobby Okereke LB (3.25), Khari Willis S (4.07), Marvell Tell III S (5.06), E.J. Speed LB (5.26), Gerri Green DE (6.26), Jackson Barton OT (7.26), Javon Patterson C (7.32)

Off-season Key Additions: Justin Houston DE, Devin Funchess WR, Spencer Ware RB

Off-season Key Departures: None

Super Bowl Odds: 16/1

Analysis:

The Colts came into the 2018 season off the back of an abysmal 2017 season and questions over how well Andrew Luck would play following a year on the sidelines. Fast forward a few months and Luck had answered that question with being awarded Comeback Player of the Year but that didn’t tell the full storyline. The Colts opened the season 1-5 and subsequently went to win 9 out of the next 10. The backbone of that charge was the offensive line, holding opposing defences to a league-best 18 sacks in the regular season. This offensive line is still intact for this season and the ‘pancake monster’ Quenton Nelson will only get better in his second year. When you add a top pass rusher in Justin Houston to the extremely impressive Darius Leonard, the limit could really be the sky for the Colts this season. It goes without saying that Andrew Luck and T.Y. ‘the Ghost’ Hilton are the elite skill position guys on offense. When you add the plethora of Tight Ends (TD magnet Ebron, Doyle, Alie-Cox), WR Devin Funchess and the potential of Parris Campbell and Deon Cain; Luck certainly has a lot of weapons to play with.

Look out for: We are in the midst of another Andrew Luck off-season injury drama. Luck has been struggling with a calf/high ankle injury of some sort which has inhibited his lateral movement. Colts fans are all too familiar with off-season injury drama regarding their franchise QB and it is still undecided whether he suits up for the season opener against the Chargers. As far as backup QBs go, Jacoby Brissett is a capable player, but he’s no Andrew Luck. Keep your eyes peeled on this situation as the Colts season completely depends on Luck’s fitness.

Tennessee Titans

Draft Selections: Jeffery Simmons DT (1.19), A.J. Brown WR (2.19), Nate Davis G (3.18), Amani Hooker S (4.14), D’Andre Walker LB (5.30), David Long Jr. LB (6.15)

Off-season Key Additions: QB Ryan Tannehill, Rodger Saffold G, Adam Humphries WR, Cameron Wake DE

Off-season Key Departures: Josh Kline G, Brian Orakpo (retirement), Quinton Spain G

Super Bowl Odds: 66/1

Analysis: 

To say that the Titans have been consistent over the last three seasons would be an understatement. They have been distinctly just above average by obtaining a 9-7 record in each of the seasons. The latter part of the 2018 season paved the way for Derrick Henry to break into the history books and it’s likely the Titans will try and rely on him as a workhorse back. They brought in free agent WR Adam Humphries to play the slot and we will see if he makes another stepped improvement from the 800+ yards he accrued last year. The quarterback position (as of this article being written) appears to be still up for grabs following the Titans’ trade for Tannehill from Miami. If we make the assumption that Mariota keeps the starting job, you just need to look at his stat line from last season – 2528 passing yards. This was the lowest of his career, and whilst he was marred by multiple injuries (nerve endings affecting hand / neck), he’s currently a middling quarterback at best. On the defensive side of the ball, they have a good pass rusher in Jurrell Casey and have added the well experienced Cameron Wake. Their first round draft pick Jeffery Simmons tore his ACL, compounding the loss of Brian Orakpo to retirement, thus the interior of the D-line is a bit weak. 

Look out for: The QB battle in Nashville should be clearer come Week 1. However, Mariota is on the 5th year of his rookie contract and neither him or Tannehill have managed to set the NFL on fire. It will be interesting to see if Mariota is able to stay healthy this year but one should not hold their breath. The benefit for the Titans fans is that once he does go down injured, they don’t have to rely on a QB like Blaine Gabbert. Unfortunately for the Titans, they just don’t have enough elite talent to get excited about for this coming season. 

Jacksonville Jaguars 

Draft Selections: Josh Allen OLB (1.07), Jawaan Taylor (2.03), Josh Oliver TE (3.05), Quincy Williams LB (3.35), Ryquell Armstead RB (5.02), Gardner Minshew QB (6.05), Dontavius Russell DT (7.21)

Off-season Key Additions: Nick Foles QB, Jake Ryan ILB, Chris Conley WR

Off-season Key Departures: Malik Jackson DT, Tashaun Gipson FS, Donte Moncrief WR, Ereck Flowers RT, TJ Yeldon RB, Blake Bortles QB

Super Bowl Odds: 50/1

Analysis: 

All aboard the change train at the Jags with them spending the big bucks on Super Bowl MVP and future-HOF (I jest on the second bit) Nick Foles; we mark the end of the Bortles era in Northern Florida. The Bortles era ended in a flop with the team being rock bottom of the division having only just been in the AFC Championship Game in 2017. Foles is a significant improvement on Bortles and the team has talented receivers that need to push on during their second (DJ Chark) and third seasons (Dede Westbrook / Keelan Cole) in the league. The question in the backfield will be whether Fournette succumbs to another injury (and subsequently ruins fantasy seasons for people). On the defensive side of the ball they have lost top players in Jackson and Gipson but they did draft Josh Allen. Their corners are still lock-down with AJ Buoye and Jalen Ramsey arguably being the best pairing in the league. As with every year, the Jags will make the trip over to Wembley and it will be interesting to see whether Foles continues the Bortles Wembley Magic!

Look out for: Major improvements in the passing game, one of the receivers from this corps could well have a break-out year as is common with third-year receivers. However, the Jags fans will be feeling Blue after the inevitable injury that will beset Leonard Fournette; turning their offense into one that is pass-heavy.

2019 Season Predictions
Texans 11-5

Colts 10-6

Titans 7-9

Jaguars 6-10

*Ratings created with assumption that Andrew Luck is healthy

Jacksonville: Good, Bad or Ugly?

By Tim Monk (@Tim_Monk85)- 23rd June 2019

Many people see Nick Foles as the answer to the question: “What will it take for Jacksonville to get the Super Bowl?”

I see it a different way. The signing of Nick Foles could be the first domino in the sequence that sends the Jaguars back a few years.

Despite being a Philadelphia hater, it isn’t Nick Foles’ fault nor do I have anything against him or the 4 year $88m deal he signed a few months back. You have to take what you can get in this game and fair play to Foles and his agent for securing that lucrative deal.

However, after the recent news about Jaguars pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue planning to skip mandatory minicamp and Jalen Ramsey seemingly starting to simmer after being told that his contract wont be looked at this offseason, there is a chance here that the Jaguars could implode from the inside out and all the foundations that had been built over the past few years could start to crumble.

Before we go forward, we need to go back; cast your minds back to last season…

This was supposed to be the season where Jacksonville were to have a home playoff game and make a run to the biggest game of them all after being mere minutes away from it the season before. It was supposed to be the season where after getting a taste for January football (something in which they had not tasted since 2008), that they would look to fully establish themselves and put it to notice that they will reserve a seat continuously at the top table of the AFC over the next few years.

Telvin Smith announced prior to the start of the season that he was not available for selection in the 2018 schedule and was to take time away for personal reasons.

Despite this news, the season started as they left off the season prior; going 3-1 and exorcising the demons of the Patriots in week 2. The Jaguars were picking up steam.

However, a thumping by the other hot team in the AFC, the Kansas City Chiefs, took the train off the tracks and the Jags just did not recover. Losses to Dallas, Houston and Philadelphia followed and whilst they were all playoff teams last year, it was the manner of those defeats which were worrying and seemingly unexplainable. The season then spiralled which wasn’t helped by some more player shenanigans.

One main culprit was Leonard Fournette, who was in and out of the team with injury issues but also disciplinary issues involving team photos and general attitude leading to him losing his guarantees for this year’s portion of his contract. TJ Yeldon, the fellow perpetrator towards the end of the season has been assigned the NFL equivalent of the Night’s Watch in Buffalo.

On the defensive side, there were stories all over the mill relating to their late night in London and the bills that were racked up (and not paid for straight away by all accounts!) and the disruptive nature of the players out and about on the eve of the international series game which is never good news. They lost the game in London and then headed back across the pond.

After their bye, it was plain to see that the Jaguars players just weren’t up for it, on either side of the ball. The defence will get called out more so due to their usually exceptionally high standards and production levels. Watching Henry’s 99 yard touchdown run against the Jags pretty much epitomises what the Jaguars were al about towards the end of the season.

The rest is history for the season and the rumblings keep on churning.

Bringing it forward to this offseason, we mentioned on the podcast a few months ago that the Jaguars were at the point of no return and would have to choose between either Foles and then trying to perform a juggling act on the defence, OR draft a rookie QB in a prime position at pick 7 and still be able to pay the players to keep the stars in their galaxy. They chose option A and I fear for Jaguars fans that this was easily the worst option, despite understanding why they chose it.

The problem is that the front office feel they are not far away from a Super Bowl appearance; The defence is there (or is it?), they have a run game to match the ground and pound combination and they have 1 or 2 pieces on offence but they thought Blake Bortles was the one to put them over the top. That unfortunately wasted a few years and has knocked the Jaguars title bid all out of sync.

If the Jags miss the postseason once again in 2019, Doug Marrone will likely be out the door as it’s likely that the players will be running the asylum. Players will start to leave on that defence and you can start to see the Jaguars credentials will start to crumble.

What doesn’t help is that Tom Coughlin, a former HC himself in Duval from yesteryear, has been trying to rule with an Iron Fist which has been rebuffed by the NFL in terms of forcing players in to participating in minicamps and optional training sessions and it hasn’t been well received internally.

Let’s try and be positive for a second though, it’s only fair;

On the offensive side of the ball, Nick Foles is probably the best QB the franchise has ever had and should bring a great veteran’s presence and winning mentality to the team. He knows what it’s like to win it all and some of the guys on both sides of the ball can buy in to him as a leader.

At Wide Receiver, Dede Westbrook is by far the best pass catcher on the team couldbreak out in his 3rd year despite this team seemingly going to show a run heavy offence. That said, the Jaguars are going to need Keelan Cole, DJ Chark to step up, Marqise Lee to not have lost a step a year removed from his ACL tear and Chris Conley to do…well something. Could it even be possible that Donte Moncrief departing is a miss for this team?!

Leonard Fournette, when healthy and staying out of trouble is one of the better backs in the league and knows how to run through people and when he has the momentum is a tough guy to keep down. Again, maybe Foles can coarse some hard work and effort out of him and show him along the right lines of how to be a professional athlete and how to conduct himself as a former 1st round draft pick should do.

We don’t really need to go in to great detail about how good the Jacksonville defence can be, we’ve all seen it; 2nd ranked defence in 2017 in terms of Points allowed and yards allowed and turnovers created. As previously stated, they need to get back here to allow Nick and co to do what they need to do, the question is: do the players have the selfless desire to win as a team and can they play for each other rather than being 53 individuals and can they play for the guy in charge of them?

Talking of which, we come to current HC, Doug Marrone.

Hired week 15 in the 2016 season as interim manager after being the O Line coach and assistant to Gus Bradley (currently tearing it up in LA with the Charger on Defence btw), Marrone currently has a 16-18 record as the Jags HC. The former Bills HC and New Orleans Saints OC doesn’t strike anyone as a guy that is synonymous with winning and was touted as a coach who may have felt the wrath of Black Monday this year. He stays for now and surely this is a pivotal year for him, just like the many on the 53 man roster.

Doug Marrone must be able to answer the questions hanging over the character issues about the team and lead from the front with the help of Foles in order for the Jags to see January football, otherwise it could be a long goodnight for the Jacksonville Jaguars team as it currently stands.

The Jaguars bandwagon has just turned at the crossroads. Doug Marrone is the driver and Tom Coughlin is the Sat Nav (you also have to wonder if Shahid Khan sabotaged the Sat Nav so that they turned the way towards London….but that’s for another time).

Did they turn the right way and veer towards Super Bowl City or have they ventured back down towards doldrums avenue, where they have lived for the past 20 years?

For me, the Jaguars window in my opinion has shut and not even big d*** Nick can save them. The defence will have to play out of this world again to get them anywhere close but I fear that they are more interested in their own wallets rather than the success of the team. Telvin Smith was away from the team last year so we don’t know what shape and condition he will be in if he returns, Yannick Ngakoue is starting to throw toys out of the pram, seemingly taking a lead from Jalen Ramsey, who isn’t happy about his contract not being looked at (despite a few years still left to run) and who knows what Josh Allen will be like or whether he may pick up some bad habits straight off the bat. This defence at the moment is prestigious by name and past form from over a year ago. Could it be that the stellar season in 2017 was an outlier and in fact this team are just as good (well, bad) as they were a few years prior to that? Prior to 2017, their most recent season with a winning record was 2007 (with every season having a negative point differential) and hadn’t won the division this millennium. Obviously still nursing that hang over when they partied like it was 1999 (Tom Coughlin was the coach at the time).

Interesting season ahead for those in north eastern Florida. A wide range of outcomes and the headlines won’t take too much to write either way because we’ve seen the angel and the devil sides of the Jaguars over the tenure of Doug Marrone.

I’ll leave you with 3 words for the people on that Jacksonville bandwagon;

Tuck and Roll.

Free Agency Bonanza

A bonanza episode needs a bonanza cast and that’s what we have with Charlie from Ice the Kicker along with Murf and Stocks from 5yardrush.
We chat about the news including Gronk’s retirement before we get into the meat on the bone of Free Agency.
Differing opinions on Nick Foles but Murf and Tim share their opinion on breakfast cereals in Put The Mockers On It.
We go through all the big Free Agency Deals and ask the big questions before Ste from Cover2TV tackles the quiz!
We round off by letting you know the exciting things coming your way in the next week!

Exit Interviews – AFC South

Podcast 2 of the Exit Interviews Series sees us tackle the AFC South.

We look at how Houston can keep the other teams at bay, where the Colts need to strengthen to make a Super Bowl run, the reasons behind the Titans funny season and what exactly is needed in Jacksonville to revert to their 2017 form?

Can’t do it on our own though so we enlist the help of some of our friends!

Houston – Ben Rolfe (@BenRolfe15)

Indianapolis – Rob Grimwood (@FFBritballer)

Tennessee – Adam Foxcroft (@ADFoxcroft)

Jacksonville – James Fotheringham (@FFThinker)

If you enjoy these podcasts or enjoyed a certain guest, please let us know – @full10yards on the social.

Tomorrow sees the AFC North under the microscope. We hope you can join us for that!

Enjoy!

 

Let’s get divisional

Friday podcast! Things are heating up so Tim brings the heat on what Kliff Kingsbury has ruined for him and why Nick Foles is like a 17yr old.
Lee gets the Foxboro’ jitters with the Chargers travelling to New England and we both again give the Eagles a reason to defy all the odds.
Adam joins Tim to rue the double doink costing us our bets from the Wildcard round but look towards the 4 games on the weekend.
Before that, NEW SEGMENT alert, The Full10Yards Warm Welcome and an update on the HC vacancies.
Enjoy!

Week 17,Quizzes, Playoffs and Ref Watch

Happy New Year!
Tim, Lee and Roger Goodgroves recap all the Week 17 shenanigans including a look at all the current vacant head coaching positions.
We all take part in the Full10Questions (some questions harder than others…) before taking a view on the playoffs!
Dont forget to go to full10yards.com/competitions and enter our playoff predictor competition and your chance to win an Amari Cooper jersey!