Tag:Jacksonville Jaguars
Posted on: April 19, 2011 3:00 pm

Hot Routes 4.19.11: Belichick is open to trades

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • BREAKING NEWS: Bill Belichick is willing to trade draft picks. Shocking, I know, right? Actually, Belichick was responding to the fact that everyone thinks they'll be trading. They probably will, because that's what they do, but for whatever reason, it's just assumed that everyone can have their pile of picks if they give something else up. Maybe the Pats actually want to nail some early-round picks this time. 
  • Our own Mike Freeman hopped on Pro Football Talk Live! (it is Live! and not Live, right?) with Mike Florio to talk about the labor situation, the draft and Jon Gruden. I think Florio's a decent enough looking fella, but I prefer to take him in the ear. Er, wait -- you can listen here and watch here.
Posted on: April 14, 2011 2:52 pm
Edited on: April 14, 2011 2:52 pm

Hot Routes 4.14.11 good Fitz, bad Fitz

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

  • Larry Fitzgerald stinks – STINKS! – at baseball. And he knows it.
  • In other Larry Fitzgerald news, he organized team offseason workouts at Arizona State. Kent Somers, a highly respected Cardinals beat reporter, says that five years ago, the idea of Fitz (an admitted loner early in his career) exerting this kind of leadership would have been almost laughable.
  • Because they’re playing in the Hall of Fame game, the Bears and Rams will both get an early start on training camp.
  • Jerome Simpson, wide receiver of the Bengals, is training hard this offseason. There’s a chance the underachieving second-round pick could be in contention for a starting job in 2011.
  • Jamal Lewis is offering $3 million to purchase the shuttered Maui Sands waterpark in Erie County, Ohio.
  • Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker held a film session for 500 Jags fans. Koetter took the fans through four offensive plays. Just how revealing was the film? Well, one of the plays Koetter showed was the Hail Mary against Houston – not exactly the most complex X’s and O’s the sport has to offer.
  • Good headline from the Miami Herald: “The joke that is the pre-draft press conference”.
  • Matt Light and his fellow New England resident Peter King hosted a lockout breakfast to raise money for charity. (And no, the charity did not benefit players who can’t handle their money.)
  • Here’s a great glimpse into some of the offseason workouts of Texans Connor Barwin and Owen Daniels.
  • Ray Lewis talks about regularly visiting the hood.
  • Could the Steelers be looking at Baylor nose tackle Phil Taylor?

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Posted on: April 14, 2011 2:00 pm

Marcedes Lewis might hold out

Posted by Andy BenoitM. Lewis

The NFL lockout has distracted everyone from potential player holdout stories. But rest assured, once business resumes, there will be some players -- perhaps more than usual, depending on the league rules established for 2011 -- refraining from team activities in an effort to leverage a more lucrative deal.

One of these players could be Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis. The sixth-year veteran had a career year in 2010 and got slapped with the franchise tag in February.

Asked by Tania Ganguli of the Jacksonville.com when he’ll return to Jacksonville, Lewis replied (via text), "I'll be training in LA til my deal is done.”

Ganguli asked if that meant he'd skip training camp if he didn't have a long-term deal.

"It's not in me to do that..guess time will tell," Lewis said.

Lewis’ one-year franchise tender is worth $7.3 million.

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Posted on: April 8, 2011 7:23 pm

Jaguars struggling with ticket sales again

Posted by Andy Benoit
W. Weaver (US Presswire)
A story that didn’t get enough attention last year was how the small market Jacksonville Jaguars sold out every home game in 2010. This just one year after the franchise saw seven of its eight home contests blacked out and was facing constant speculation about a forced relocation.

When the news is negative, the media tends to report it. (And the public tends to clamor for it.) Thus, here we are writing about how the 2011 Jags are facing similar problems as the ’09 Jags. Despite twice extending its season ticket renewal deadline, the club remains 12,000 season tickets short of the 40,000 mark it wants to reach before making single game tickets available.

To stoke sales, owner Wayne Weaver held a conference call with season ticket holders earlier this week.

"We've gotta almost repeat that Herculean effort that we had last year," Weaver said, according to the Florida Times Union. "... They'll be talking about us again in the press saying we're not a great NFL market. ... It will send the wrong message to the national media and the National Football League."

Maybe if he would have announced the end of the lockout, he might have gotten fans' attention.

The Jags had anticipated needing to only sell 8,000 tickets. The new deadline is April 29, which makes you wonder if there might not be a subtle motivation for the front office to make a big splash with its first-round draft selection on April 28.

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Posted on: April 5, 2011 3:21 pm
Edited on: April 5, 2011 7:36 pm

Offseason Checkup: Jacksonville Jaguars

Posted by Josh Katzowitz


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On Dec. 12, 2010, the Jaguars were 8-5, and they were just beginning the week of practices that led to a showdown with the Colts that basically was for the AFC South title, a crown Jacksonville never has won. Indianapolis showed up that night and won by 10 points, and the Jaguars never recovered, losing their final three games and missing the playoffs for the third-straight season.

It was a huge disappointment, and you have to wonder about the future of this organization with this coaching staff in place. That is the No. 1 question facing this franchise heading into next year.

1. Avoid late-season slumps
Do you put this on Del Rio? Do you put this on Jacksonville being a bad cold-weather team? Do you put this on late-season injuries to Garrard and Jones-Drew in 2010? It’s hard to know. But after starting 7-5 in 2009 and 8-5 in 2010, the team went on to lose four games and three games, respectively, to end those years on the sourest of notes. We don’t know the answers to the above questions, but somebody might want to figure it out.

2. Defensive everywhere but DT
Though their 2010 first-round pick of DT Tyson Alualu was deemed a little bizarre at the time, the rookie from California had a pretty good year. He should continue to be an anchor in the middle of the defensive line. Now, just about every other position in Jacksonville’s defense needs to be upgraded. Perhaps most important are the defensive ends, who can help lessen the time the Jaguars unremarkable secondary must cover opposing WRs. Former first round pick Derrick Harvey has been a disaster, Jeremy Mincey is barely passable as a starter and Aaron Kampman has had a couple major knee injuries.

3.Quality Wide Recievers
Is Mike Thomas truly a No. 1 guy? He had a nice season last year (66 catches, 820 yards, four TDs) as a second-year player, but how will he fare without Mike Sims-Walker – who simply wasn’t the consistent playmaker the Jaguars needed? That’s a major question for Thomas and WR Jason Hill. If they can’t produce, Jacksonville still has young receivers in Tiquan Underwood and Jarrett Dillard. Jacksonville could feel the need to upgrade this position before next year, but if not, it’s still a talented, albeit mostly unproven, corps at this point.

It seems like nobody can really tell if QB David Garrard is worth keeping around, though he actually played pretty good football last season. Meanwhile, there’s no question Jacksonville will hang on tightly to RB Maurice Jones-Drew, who recorded 1,324 yards in 14 games last season and surpassed Tennessee’s Chris Johnson as the AFC South’s best back (his backup, Rashad Jennings, also is quality), and TE Marcedes Lewis proved himself a valuable commodity.

The offense most likely will continue to play conservatively – in part, because of the strength of Jones-Drew and to mask some of Garrard’s inadequacies – but the real test will be the defense. For Jacksonville, it’s the playoffs or bust, and most likely, we won’t know how good this team – or how safe Del Rio – really is until Week 13-17.

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Posted on: March 30, 2011 4:40 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2011 4:42 pm

Fred Taylor mulling retirement

Posted by Andy BenoitF. Taylor

Don’t ask Fred Taylor about his future as an NFL running back. He’s up in the air about it.

"I don't know," Taylor told Tania Ganguli of Jacksonville.com. "I can play another two years at a decent level. I can play a couple more years. I don't know. I'm not sure. I'm not sure where I'm at with that."

The 35-year-old running back is the all-time rushing leader for the Jaguars. He’s been on the Patriots roster the past two seasons and has looked fluid – and perhaps even explosive – but only in limited action. Taylor carried the ball 43 times for 155 yards in 2010, missing nine games. He missed 10 games in 2009.

It’s doubtful Taylor will be back in New England this season.

"It's a young man's game for so many reasons," he said. " ... I still feel that I always feel I can compete and play well. My playing less, for me I view it as a blessing in disguise. I was able to save my body some, still squeeze out a few more years in the process. I took it in a stride and ran with it. I felt like when things weren't getting done [in New England] that maybe I could've been the one in there. And that's every player."

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Posted on: March 24, 2011 10:17 am

Hot Routes 3.24.11 lockout side effects

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Posted by Andy Benoit

Posted on: March 8, 2011 6:18 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2011 6:30 pm

Teams tampering with Mike Sims-Walker?

Posted by Andy Benoit
M. Sims-Walker (US Presswire)
The best veteran wide receiver available on the open market this offseason will likely be Mike Sims-Walker. But the soon-to-be former Jaguar is not on the open market just yet. Which is why eyebrows are raised by the tweet from Charlie Bernstein of FOX Sports saying Sims-Walker has been contacted by the St. Louis Rams and Houston Texans.

If true, this contact would classify as tampering. Tampering is like underage drinking: against the rules, but very difficult to police. With players sharing agents and everyone in the NFL knowing everyone else, it’s nearly impossible to not violate the letter of the tampering rule.

That said, like underage drinking, there are repercussions when a known violation has occurred.

NFL Offseason
From a football perspective, the Rams’ interest in Sims-Walker makes sense. Even if Donnie Avery can fully recover from his ’10 knee injury and free agent Mark Clayton re-signs (Clayton is also recovering from a serious knee injury), Sims-Walkers’ possession type skills could still be of great service. In new offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels’ system, three-and four-receiver sets are standard.

Sims-Walker would offer to McDaniels the same kind of skill set that Brandon Marshall did in Denver.

As for the Texans, they have a reliable compliment to Andre Johnson in Kevin Walter, but it’s time to replace the gifted but wildly inconsistent Jacoby Jones.

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