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Posted on: December 18, 2011 10:27 am
 

Report: Jags move would cost Khan $25M to charity

By Will Brinson

Jaguars fans are thrilled about the prospects of new owner Shahid Khan turning the Jags back into a contender, but they're obviously concerned with the possibility of the team moving. On Thursday night in Atlanta, Khan, having been formally approved to buy the team, said "No" when asked if he would move the team.

But there's reportedly a financial impediment to moving the team as well -- Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network reports that if Khan moves the team within the next five years, "he would have to donate $25 million to the charity of Wayne Weaver's choice."

That's a substantial chunk of change, and it doesn't take into account what Khan would have to pay to the city of Jacksonville to break the lease with Everbank Stadium, which runs through 2029, either.

According to Jacksonville City Attorney Cindy Laquidara, the lease is "very tight" in terms of limiting the owner from getting out from under it.

Tight enough, in fact, that it would require an owner breaking it to pay 1) base rent; 2) ticket surchage revenues of about $750,000 a year; 3) parking revenues of $250,000; 3) stadium branding revenues of $250,000; 4) and "supplemental rent and all future payments."

Add it all up and one of the attorneys who negotiated the lease told FirstCoastNews.com that it will cost an owner $90 million to move the Jags.

That's before, of course, the $25 million donation to charity that Kahn would reportedly owe. (One has to assume said charity would also be in the Jacksonville area.)

Five years from now, things might change in terms of what Kahn's willing to do in order to move the Jaguars. And if he wanted, he could move them right now. It would just be really expensive and a public-relations nightmare.

So banking on the Jags to bail on Jacksonville in the immediate future doesn't seem like a good bet.

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Posted on: December 17, 2011 8:15 pm
 

Dunta Robinson on Jaguars WRs: '[bleep]ing jokes'

By Will Brinson

During Thursday's 41-14 loss, like much of the 2011 season, the Jaguars struggled to move the ball against the Falcons because Blaine Gabbert couldn't get the ball down the field. Part of that is Gabbert, but a bigger part of that might be a lack of wide receiver options available to Gabbert on Jacksonville's roster.

Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson would lean towards the latter and, in fact, he thinks that the current Jags receivers are "[bleep]ing jokes."

"Those guys are [bleep]ing jokes," Robinson said per Vito Stellino of The Florida Times-Union. "Those guys couldn’t get a [bleep]ing receiver if it hit them in the head."

Ouch. Robinson added that the Jaguars "haven't had anyone decent since Jimmy Smith."

That part is actually true -- the Jags leading pass-catchers since Smith retired in 2005 are Matt Jones (2006, 643 yards; 2008, 761 yards), Reggie Williams (2007, 629 yards), Mike Sims-Walker (2009, 869 yards), Mike Thomas (2010, 820 yards) and Marcedes Lewis (2011, 415 yards).

If you're looking for a description of "a motley crew," this is pretty much it, and that doesn't even take into consideration that a) Lewis is a tight end and b) Jones and Williams were monumentally busty first-round picks, one of whom is retired and one of whom is politely referred to as "currently a free agent."

So, yes, the Jaguars desperately need a talented wide receiver. But given the other problems they have on their roster, it seems more likely that they'll pursue on in free agency -- Vincent Jackson, DeSean Jackson and Dwayne Bowe will all be unrestricted this year -- instead of reaching for one in the first round.

Maybe then Dunta Robinson will be happy.

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Posted on: December 16, 2011 12:36 pm
Edited on: December 16, 2011 1:26 pm
 

Brian Billick expresses interest in Dolphins gig

By Will Brinson

Brian Billick sounds interested in taking the rock from Stephen Ross.  (Getty Images)

The Miami Dolphins coaching search won't be completed until after the season ends, but as expected, the Dolphins will contact all "the big names" before the season ends. At least one of those big names -- Brian Billick -- expressed interest in the position.

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Billick, currently an analyst with FOX and the NFL Network, was asked directly on Thursday if he was interested in the job.

"Yeah," Billick said, per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. "The Dolphins are a marquee franchise. But at the end of the day, it’s the structure of what they put together. It has to be a partnership between the head coach, general manager and ownership with a very specific vision.

"The Dolphins are probably a long way from formulating their plans."

Billick also made a couple of interesting points, perhaps as analyst. Or perhaps not. For one, he said it's "a GM's league," stating that in order to be successful in the NFL, you have to have a "marriage" between coach and general manager. Obviously Jeff Ireland is still GM in Miami.

This job, frankly, makes a lot of sense for Billick if he can get along with Ireland.

He's a big enough name to satisfy Stephen Ross' hunger for making news, he's won a Super Bowl before so he's clearly had success and he's an offensive-minded coach, which is what the Dolphins need right now.

There's the presence of Mike Nolan, once Billick's defensive coordinator in Baltimore, on the staff already. Then there's the quarterback situation -- Billick had success with mediocre quarterbacks (Trent Dilfer anyone?) with the Ravens, so it's not inconceivable that either Chad Henne or Matt Moore could be successful under Billick.


But given the likelihood of the Dolphins high pick, Billick could actually get a shot at redemption through developing a quarterbacks of his own. The Kyle Boller experiment made the Hindenburg look like a perfectly executed landing and surely that eats at Billick in terms of how it reflects on his legacy as a coach.

Going to Miami would give him a shot at (potentially) grooming someone like Matt Barkley or Robert Griffin, III.

But he'll have to beat out other candidates to get there, first. Jackson also reports that the Dolphins are contacting or have contacted both CBS Sports analyst Bill Cowher and former Titans coach Jeff Fisher.

Billick said on NFL Network's Total Access Thursday, however, that he has not been contacted. But if he keeps making nice statements about Miami, and the Dolphins don't receive mutual interest from Fisher and Cowher (Fisher said he'll "listen to anyone," while Cowher has repeatedly said he's not returning to coaching), there's a pretty good chance he'll hear from Ross at some point.

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Posted on: December 16, 2011 9:19 am
 

Pick-Six Podcast: Week 15 preview + Thurs review

By Will Brinson & Ryan Wilson

Thursday night's scorcher of a game between the Jaguars and Falcons kicked off Week 15's action, and the guys wonder whether Atlanta is getting hot at the right time, if Jacksonville has any hope and just how awesome Shahid Khan's mustache is.

Then they turn their attention to the rest of the week's slate, debating who's in more trouble if they lost Saturday between Raheem Morris and Jason Garrett, why Rick Perry is talking about Tim Tebow, how much trouble Sam Hurd is in and why he did the things he allegedly did, whether the Broncos can actually upset the Patriots, if the Eagles can make a run, why Joe Flacco is whining about Tim Tebow's media coverage and much, much more.

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Posted on: December 15, 2011 11:21 pm
Edited on: December 16, 2011 7:40 am
 

Mojo Drew's fantastic season buried by Jags again

By Will Brinson

In this past week's Sorting the Sunday Pile, I mentioned what a fantastic season Jaguars running Maurice Jones-Drew is having right now. It continued on Thursday night, but once again it was largely ignored because the Jags were getting destroyed 41-14 in Atlanta.

MJD did all he could, rushing for 112 yards and catching one pass for one yard. He nearly broke a long touchdown on a 43-yard run and he fought hard for first downs when the Jags were able to hand him the rock, which wasn't often because the Falcons leapt out to such a large lead.

At one point in the game, he actually accounted for 134 percent of the team's offense.

No, that's not a typo -- the Jaguars had -28 (!) passing yards and 74 total yards at the end of the third quarter. Jones-Drew's 99 total yards, then, were worth more than the rest of the Jaguars team combined. (And combined with him, actually.)

It's a sad situation for Jones-Drew, because he's been fantastic for the community in Jacksonville, and the one bright spot for a football team that hasn't been consistently good.

At age 26, he's still got some good years left, especially considering his light workload (less than 200 attempts in each of his first three years) early in his career.

The only issue will be whether or not the Jaguars can step up their game to match Jones-Drew. Judging by the way things have gone this season, that's hard to imagine right now.

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Posted on: December 14, 2011 10:09 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2011 1:52 pm
 

Report: More tests expected for Mike Smith

Head coach Mike Smith is expected to undergo further testing after the team’s game Thursday night. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

UPDATE: Thursday, December 15, 1:45 p.m. ET -- The Falcons deny that Smith continues to experience chest pains. Falcons V.P. of Football Communications Reggie Roberts told the Atlanta Journal Constitution D. Orlando Ledbetter that Smith  “feels fine,” adding that  “He spent the week preparing his team for the nationally televised game against Jacksonville.  Smith had a previously scheduled appointment.  It was made after he left the hospital in Charlotte.” 

Following the Falcons' 31-23 victory over the Panthers Sunday, head coach Mike Smith was rushed to a Charlotte-area hospital with chest pains while the team boarded their charter plane back to Atlanta. The Falcons indicated later Sunday evening that the incident was a "non-emergency" and "reaffirmed his health," adding that he was "resting comfortably."

On Wednesday, sources told TSX’s Len Pasquarelli that Smith has continued to experience chest-related discomfort and is expected to undergo further testing after the team’s game Thursday night.

The Falcons host the Jaguars Thursday in a matchup that has playoff implications for Atlanta. Entering Week 15, they're the No. 5 seed in the NFC. At 8-5, they share the same record with the Lions (No. 6 seed), and have a one-game lead over the Bears (No. 7) and Cowboys (No. 8).

After this week's game with the Jaguars, Atlanta travels to New Orleans in Week 16 before wrapping up the regular season at home against Tampa Bay.

Hopefully, Smith, who is just 52, will be on the sidelines, completely healthy, to coach his team. 

Earlier Wednesday, Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips announced that he was taking a medical leave to undergo surgery for a kidney condition. 

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Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:42 pm
 

NFL owners unanimously approve new Jags owner

By Will Brinson

NFL owners unanimously approved the sale of the Jacksonville Jaguars to Shahid Khan on Wednesday, according to reports.

Wayne Weaver announced the sale of the team to Khan a little over two weeks ago, the same day that Jack Del rio was fired as Jaguars coach.

Khan was then recommended by the NFL's finance committee (Weaver was a member, though he recused himself from voting) to the full group of NFL owners for a vote to approve him for Jaguars ownership.

That vote took place in Irving, Texas as the NFL owners meeting, and Khan was unanimously approved as the new Jaguars owner, according to multiple reports.

Khan now faces a number of daunting challenges, including the decision as to whether or not he should stay in Jacksonville.

The newest NFL owner couldn't comment specifically on the team staying in north Florida, but said that fans "will not be disappointed" when asked about moving the franchise.

Khan must also go about hiring his first head coach (GM Gene Smith signed an extension shortly before the team was sold) and work on boosting lagging attendance in Jacksonville.

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Posted on: December 14, 2011 11:16 am
Edited on: December 29, 2011 5:36 pm
 

Agent: Jeff Fisher 'will listen to anyone'

By Will Brinson

One of the biggest names in coaching searches -- three, at least, by my count -- this offseason will be former Titans coach Jeff Fisher, who's been connected with just about every possible opening and/or potential opening thus far.

Here's some good news for those would-be suitors: Fisher's agent Marvin Demoff says the coach is interested.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald asked Demoff about the opening with the Dolphins (Tony Sparano was canned on Monday) and Demoff said he hadn't spoken to Fisher about the Miami job specifically but said Fisher "will listen to anyone."

Thus far, Fisher's been connected to the Dolphins and Chiefs jobs, and it's entirely possible that Stephen Ross sped up the timeline for dumping Sparano in order to stay abreast of the Chiefs, who fired Todd Haley earlier Monday.

Not that it matters -- teams that appoint an interim coach aren't allowed to hire their full-time coach until the season ends and only after complying with the necessary interviewing guidelines.

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"Once the season is concluded, the head coaching position must be considered open and the club must fill the position in accordance with the interviewing guidelines,” NFL VP of Communications Greg Aiello told Jackson.

There was some rumbling on Tuesday that hiring minority interim coaches (Romeo Crennel, Todd Bowles and Mel Tucker are all African-American) would allow the teams in question to circumvent the Rooney Rule. It does not.

But the Jaguars, Chiefs and Dolphins can all talk to potential head-coaching candidates before the end of the season, which means that Fisher will absolutely get a chance to listen over the next couple of weeks.

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