Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Jaguars power rankings around the nation

Just for kicks, let's take a look at where the Jaguars stand in the NFL according to sports writers and analysts around the nation. Parenthesis denote last week's ranking. 18th (28th)"Dan Skuta: You can't stop him, you can only hope to contain him. #Skutagear"

ESPN: 31st (30th)"The Jaguars have a .500 record for the first time since Week 2 of the 2011 season. They finished 5-11 that season."

This one makes no sense. The Jaguars won, and they dropped in the power rankings. The Dolphins lost and inexplicably went up. I understand that a lot of teams at the bottom of the power rankings won, but that just means the power rankings weren't very accurate in the first place.

USA Today: 24th (29th)
Sunday's win was their first in September since 2012. This team may not be an easy out anymore.

Fox Sports: 26th (31st)
Blake Bortles found a way to get the ball into Allen Robinson’s hands, and he responded with several big plays, including two touchdown catches. Jacksonville’s defense needs to deliver the same kind of pressure they did in Week 2, going forward, if they want to stay relevant. 23rd (30th)
"Huge victory at the ‘Bank Sunday; gotta keep earning it"

SBNation: 29th (31st)

Bleacher Report:
28th (29th)
"Here's to you, Mr. Robinson. Jaguars fans will love you more than you know."

Average Ranking25.5
The Jaguars are at least pointed in the right direction. Will they hold their own against the Patriots? I wouldn't count on it, but if they could keep the game within reason, I'd honestly be impressed.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Jaguars already face a do-or-die game

I hate hyperbole as much as the next guy, but the Jaguars really are facing a do-or-die game later this afternoon against the Miami Dolphins if Jacksonville is to have any hope of a postseason life. Yes, 0-2 isn't the end of the world for any team, but with consecutive weeks looming against the Patriots and Colts, it's sort of a big deal.

The Dolphins present the Jaguars with an opportunity to improve on a lackluster effort from a week ago. If the defense can keep the Dolphins pinned down reasonably well early on, maybe, just maybe, Jacksonville can actually establish a running game. If they can do that, their offense becomes much more dynamic because play action actually begins to open up bigger plays down the field.

On the special teams unit, let's just hope for any "should hit" field goals to go through as well as 100% extra point accuracy. If not, the Jaguars may suddenly be in the place kicker market after all.

And since I'm not an expert and have a completely biased, one-sided view of the game, I'll go ahead and drop my prediction for the game. Jaguars win, 20-17.

Go Jags!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

The most dedicated Jaguars fan is this guy

A bet is a bet, and this is one dedicated fan.

H/T: Big Cat Country

Monday, September 14, 2015

I hate this schedule

The Jaguars' early schedule is tough. There's no way around it. Following their loss to the Panthers, the Jaguars one more real shot at a win before week 5 (a slam dunk against the Buccaneers...I think).

Next week the Jags face the Dolphins, which isn't an easy game. Yeah, I hate this schedule. Following the Dolphins game, the Jaguars go on the road three weeks in a row against the Patriots, Colts and finally the slam dunk game.

The good news is simple. The Jaguars get some better match-ups after week 4. Anyway, here's the updated (and already messed up) season prediction.

Edit: Yeah, I know I didn't update the result column at the bottom. Deal with it.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

New season, old blog. Let's talk about expectations

Ah the 2015 NFL season is upon us. Blah blah blah. There's a solid chance you read some of my Jaguars work once upon a time back on Big Cat Country, The Jaggernaut or maybe even This Given Sunday. So without boring you, I'm back at my first blog because I'm writing as a hobby. That also means I don't care if you like it or not. So, what should you expect? Opinions? Check. Sporadic writing? Yep. Fun? Only if Jacksonville is winning.

In seriousness, let's talk about the Jaguars going into year two of Blake Bortles' career and year three of the Caldwell, Bradley regime.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Team Teal and Tony Boselli want sellouts, not just avoiding blackouts

In a report from Tania Ganguli, Tony Boselli is quoted as saying, "We’ve graduated from just no blackouts, ... I want every seat filled."

I love the fire, I love the daring, and I love the new Jaguars. Yes, I said it. This is a brand new organization.

Shahid Khan has done an excellent job of promoting the team and its interests in and around Jacksonville. He's also turned a couple heads nationally, and I expect that to continue once the Jaguars start winning games on Sundays on a regular basis.

Boselli is absolutely right when he says that the Jaguars should be selling out games, not just avoiding blackouts. Frankly, Jacksonville has done it before, and there's no reason they can't do it again.

For the Jaguars, it all starts at the top, and the guys at the top are doing a tremendous job. At the end of the day, results on the field matter most, but the off-field extras can have a big impact as well.

Jaguars links across the web

My goal is to give you a few solid reads from other sources a few times a week. You know, to keep it balanced.

Brad Hill looks at 5 guys that may not be Jaguars in 2012 for B/R.

Alfie Crow dispels thoughts of the Jaguars making a play at Mike Wallace in free agency.

Paul Kuharksy gives his opinion of what the Jaguars should do at WR in free agency.

Mike Florio says the Jaguars are hoping to become a regional franchise.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Gene Smith and wide receivers

Since Gene Smith became the Jaguars' general manager, we've seen exactly zero very good receivers wearing teal on Sundays. Is it his fault or was he just busy fixing other problems? Well, the answer, like many problems, is a little bit of both.

Gene Smith has repeatedly voiced the opinion that the Jaguars' young receivers just need to step up and prove themselves, and the Jaguars have repeatedly suffered as a result. former Senior Writer, Vic Ketchman used to say that good receivers are "a dime a dozen." Frankly, I used to buy into that doctrine, but no longer.

Wide receivers are like any other position in the NFL. To get the best, you have to be willing to pay for them. The Jaguars have been sheepish about bringing in top-dollar receivers since the Jerry Porter incident of 2008. The Jaguars went for a big name free agent, and they got burned. That's no reason to shy away from big name guys in the future. It's just a reason to be more diligent and as careful as possible. After all, personnel decisions in the NFL are anything but a fine science.

So, when I hear the Jaguars are looking to improve their receiving corp. through free agency and the NFL draft in a similar way they approached the defense a year ago, I hold my breath. The Jaguars haven't had any very good receivers since Jimmy Smith retired. I really hope that changes soon, because great receivers can do wonders for a quarterback, and after all, the Jaguars are trying to develop a young QB by the name of Blaine Gabbert.

Aaron Kampman likely out in 2012

One of the most likable guys on the Jaguars' roster won't be with the team much longer. You can take that to the bank.

Aaron Kampman is coming off another injury shortened year for the Jacksonville Jaguars after, by all accounts, doing everything he could to get back on the field and stay there. The problem isn't a lack of work ethic, lack of drive, or any other problem that involves the word "lack." The problem is that he's not on the field, and he's becoming very expensive.

Kampman is set to make $4.975 million in 2012, a number I can't imagine the Jaguars paying him considering there's nothing resembling a guarantee that he'll be on the field. He's just too expensive to keep around, and considering that he's been sidelined primarily by knee injuries, he's become a financial liability for the team.

If and when the Jaguars do cut ties with Aaron Kampman, it won't be because he didn't give the team enough effort. Let's be clear about that. This is a standup guy that got a bad deal on the injury front. I don't think there'll be any hard feelings between the two sides when the time comes to let him go. The decision to cut Kampman will be a business decision plain and simple. I'd like to be among the first in wishing Aaron Kampman the best of luck with whatever he does after he's cut by the Jaguars.

Jeremy Mincey on top of my wish list

Jeremy Mincey hasn't had an easy NFL career. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in 2006, and but he spent that season with the San Francisco 49ers, never seeing the field. The Jaguars signed him in December of 2006, but again, he didn't see much playing time until he worked his way into the lineup permanently in 2010.

Since then, we've seen the 6'3", 270 pound defensive end continue to grow and develop. Now he's set to be a free agent coming off of a great 8 sack season. There's no other way to think about Mincey outside of being an offensive coach's nightmare. He combines good run support with a strong pass rush.

Adam Stites said yesterday that sources believe Mincey is a top priority for the Jaguars. To say that the news is welcome is an understatement. At just 28 years of age, Mincey can and should be a very good pass rusher and run stuffer for another seven or eight years, especially when you consider that he hasn't endured the early career hits that many others at his position have taken.

This is me, asking Gene Smith to please, please with sugar on top re-sign Jeremy Mincey. He's a great player, and I'd love to continue to see him in a Jaguars uniform.