jags announce trent baalke as new general manager
The Jacksonville Jaguars announced the hiring of Trent Baalke as their new general manager on Thursday.
Baalke was named the interim general manager when Dave Caldwell was fired in November and will take on the full-time role. He was also the GM for the San Francisco 49ers 2011 to 2016, with some winning under his belt -- something the Jags aren't quite used to.
The challenge for Baalke will be to recreate the culture in Jacksonville and potentially start the transition from a "losing team" to a "winning one." Baalke will have a lot to work with (and high expectations) with new head coach Urban Meyer and (probably) quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
dwayne haskins visiting pittsburgh
Former Washington Football Team and 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins is visiting the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday. An interesting potential home for him.
Haskins was let go (I'll put it nicely) by Washington earlier this season, after a mix of not playing well and a video surfacing of him partying mask-less ended up being the final straw. Haskins also visited with the Carolina Panthers.
Pittsburgh has an opening at third-string quarterback, with Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph taking up the top two spots. Devlin Hodges and Josh Dobbs are likely no more (not dead, just out of Pittsburgh). Haskins is a guy with a lot of baggage that will probably get him a low-type deal -- low risk if he doesn't work out, high reward if he ends up genuinely turning over another leaf and proving people wrong. I'm in the camp that this is the perfect opportunity for Haskins to learn something from his time in Washington and salvage his career if he wants to.
UPDATE: Haskins is expected to sign with Pittsburgh. How about that.
eagles hire nick sirianni as head coach
The Philadelphia Eagles have found their head coach. Former Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni gets the nod in Philly.
Sirianni has spent the past three seasons with the Colts as their offensive coordinator. The Eagles fired Doug Pederson at the end of the 2020 season after attempting to tank (don't act like this isn't the real reason). The only remaining head coach opening in the NFL is the Houston Texans, and ain't nobody wanna go there. Let's be honest.
justin fields declares for the 2021 nfl draft
As expected, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields declared for the 2021 NFL Draft on Monday.
The most popular landing spot for Fields is the New York Jets, if the Jacksonville Jaguars end up taking Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. The Jets recently hired Robert Saleh as their new head coach. The major question remaining is, what the hell are they going to do with Sam Darnold?
no NFL scouting combine in 2021
The NFL has canceled the 2021 NFL Scouting Combine because of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, and the inability of people to listen to health professionals and quit being assholes. A memo sent to teams stated that there will be no in-person workouts for prospects, and all workouts will essentially be done Pro-Day Style.
Urban Meyer and the jags inch closer towards a deal
After about a week or so of constant rumors, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Urban Meyer are taking more steps towards making him the latest head coach of the team. The two parties met again on Wednesday, and it's looking like the rumors could morph into reality any minute now.
The Los Angeles Chargers were also rumored to have contacted Meyer, but they had no formal interview with him for the position. Adam Schefter says above that the Jags seem to be the only choice for Meyer.
Meyer would get the chance to transform the Jacksonville franchise and (maybe) utilize the actual talent on the roster (and incoming talent) correctly, something the team has been missing for a long while.
kevin stefanski back with browns
Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski missed last week's playoff game after testing positive for COVID-19 but is now back with the team on Thursday.
I'm just as surprised as all of you that the Browns could pull off a win last week without their head coach, who is my pick for Coach of the Year. They're up against the Kansas City Chiefs this week, which is a whole different ballgame as far as playoff games go.
The Browns also activated Denzel Ward and Kevin Johnson off of the COVID-19 list on Wednesday. Will they win? Check out my picks for this week on Patreon.
Jared goff will start for rams on saturday
After not starting for the past two weeks, quarterback Jared Goff will start for the Los Angeles Rams in Saturday's divisional-round against the Green Bay Packers. Backup quarterback John Wolford is out with a neck injury that he suffered in last weekend's win.
Goff had thumb surgery a few weeks ago and played most of last weekend's game, despite not starting. With a full week of practice and is listed as a full participant, it looks like he'll be more prepared this week. Blake Bortles will serve as the backup.
trevor lawrence declares for the nfl draft
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence has officially declared for the NFL Draft in the only way that's legit -- a video posted on Twitter.
Lawrence is pretty much guaranteed to be this year's No. 1 overall pick, and the newest Jacksonville Jaguar. The Jaguars are on the prowl searching for a new general manager and a new head coach, and Lawrence makes both of these jobs that much more attractive (mustache or no mustache).
jags fire doug marrone
As expected, the Jacksonville Jaguars have fired their head coach Doug Marrone on Monday morning after winning just one game in the 2020 NFL season. If it were up to me, he would have been fired the second he said he would start Mike Glennon. Owner Shad Khan released a statement, thanking Marrone for his "hard work over the past four seasons" in Jacksonville (if you want to call it that):
The Jags have been linked to Urban Meyer as a replacement and are likely to grab top prospect Trevor Lawrence, in the 2020 NFL Draft. Additionally, a slew of draft picks, and some nice weather should make Jacksonville one of the top spots for a new hire (behind the Los Angeles Chargers, imo).
anthony lynn and chargers part ways
Another one that's been brewing for a while: The Los Angeles Chargers have fired head coach Anthony Lynn on Monday morning, adding their name to the growing list of teams with an opening. The Chargers finished at 7-9, which isn't terribly bad, considering the Washington Football Team made the postseason with the same record. -confused emoji face-
The biggest 'plus' this season was the emergence of rookie quarterback Justin Herbert, and Lynn does deserve credit for that. Herbert did kind of fall into his lap (flashback to the Tyrod Taylor injection situation where the team was forced at the last minute to start Herbert). Still, the decision to keep him going and his development can be credited to Lynn. Any head coaching candidate is looking at Herbert's abilities as a positive asset when taking the job.
carson wentz doesn't talk to reporters monday
The Philadelphia Eagles cleaned out their lockers on Monday after Sunday night's debacle, and Carson Wentz is just done with it all and refused to speak to reporters. I don't blame him one bit. Head coach Doug Pederson insisted that their relationship was fine (Wentz was a healthy scratch on Sunday and reportedly wants a trade), but I have some slight trouble believing that.
josh jacobs arrested for dui after game
Las Vegas Raiders star running back Josh Jacobs had too much fun celebrating their win on Sunday night. Jacobs was arrested for a DUI at 4:40 am after a single-vehicle crash.
Say it with me: Take. An. Uber!
john elway is giving up his gm role
Add the Denver Broncos to the long list of teams looking for a new general manager. John Elway is stepping away from the role, though he'll remain president of football operations.
Basically the final say in the roster, the drafting, the players signings (aka all the good stuff) is out of his hands now.
Jacksonville Jaguars safety Josh Jones was ejected from Sunday's matchup against the Houston Texans, but is not expected to miss any more time due to a suspension.
Like Pelissero mentioned, it is likely Jones will be fined.
Jacksonville Jaguars safety Andrew Wingard left last night's game with an injury, but the results are in faster than Maury's paternity tests, and the results determine that it is 'relatively minor'.
The Jaguars are coming off of a tough loss, but this is some slight good news (unless you're a Jaguars fan). Jacksonville has some extra time to rest up, as well.
It feels like the Jacksonville Jaguars have spent a lot of time wishing for a new quarterback. This year doesn't seem to be the case, according to wide receiver DJ Chark, who says they want to see current starter Gardner Minshew succeed, rather than wait for a new QB.
I took this as a backhand to Leonard Fournette's comments earlier this week (those about how he said he finally had a real quarterback).
I'm a believer in the fact that you have to believe you're going to be successful as a team to be successful... as a team, including your quarterback.
Getting out of Jacksonville for some players is a beautiful thing. And they have not been quiet about it, either.
Brand new Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette is happy to be playing behind QB Tom Brady (as anyone would), and he doesn't hesitate to tell us how he feels.
I love this kinda stuff. Anything that makes the NFL look like The Bachelor is right up my alley.
Fournette was a surprise release by the Jacksonville Jaguars last week and found a new home in the same state, where he is sure to have a substantial role in the offense.
Hey, everyone needs a change of scenery sometimes. It's up to Fournette to have production behind it.
News bomb: The Jacksonville Jaguars are releasing running back Leonard Fournette.
Fournette's release comes after the team declined his fifth-year option this past offseason. Fournette should have no problem ending up somewhere, and he should have no trouble going elsewhere. Usually, that's what all their players want.
Head coach Doug Marrone mentioned that cutting the running back was what was best for the team at the time.
Not sure how cutting your best player gives you the best chance to win, but I'll take his word for it.
So, the question on everyone's minds is: Is the team tanking (for Trevor Lawrence or otherwise)? As this team never really does a great job drafting players, it's hard to say. Sad, but true.