|Blaine Gabbert enjoying a nap at Everbank Field Monday night.|
|Norv Turner is likely on his way out of San Diego at the end of the season if not sooner.|
The Jaguars will get their second shot at prime time this Monday night at Everbank field. As you may remember, the Jaguars completely shut the Ravens down when they visited Everbank earlier in the year. This time, the atmosphere will be much different.
Against the Ravens, the Jaguars were still playing with hope for the postseason. It was a must-win game, and they pulled it out with out-of-this-world defense. Now, there will certainly not be a postseason birth for the Jaguars (unless something really REALLY crazy happens over the next 5 games). This time, the Jaguars are focused completely on the future. It will be Mel Tucker's first game as the Jaguars' head coach.
As a potentially new era begins in Jacksonville, another may be coming to an end in San Diego. The Chargers, once at 4-1 this season, are now 4-7, and it's all but certain that the Norv Turner era is over. A.J. Smith, the Chargers' GM, will likely follow Turner out the door as that team begins the process of rebuilding their coaching staff/personnel department and retooling their roster. It's the perfect clash of new and old. Incoming and outgoing. It's a compelling story.
Unfortunately, it's all but certain that the play on the field won't be so compelling. It's likely that Jon Gruden and Jaws will talk the entire game about the Jaguars' young team, Mel Tucker taking over, Norv Turner's troubles, and Philip Rivers' inability to not turn the ball over.
I would encourage everyone reading this to consider muting your TV for the game, unless of course you're at the game (and that's better yet), or go to a sports bar. Don't pay too much attention to what the commentators may say about the Jaguars or the city of Jacksonville. Just enjoy watching the Jags under the lights at Everbank. Dawn is breaking on the Jaguars' franchise, and you can't help but feel the optimism flowing from the team and its fans.
Prepare for the wrath of KKHHHAAAANNNNNN!!!!! Shahid Khan is the new owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars. He paid a reported $760 million for the team........IN CASH!!!! Khan has wasted no time in changing the Jaguars. Gone are Del Rio & his false promises. Gone is the shoe salesman Weaver. Gone is the former QB coach. Gone is WR Jason Hill & his hands of stone Gone are the Jaguars we used to know. Shahid Khan ushers in a new era in Jaguars history. He has deep pockets and isn't afraid to pay for what he wants. If he desires a top WR or 2 in the draft or free agency it will happen. How about that top tier DE that the Jaguars have always needed, done. Shut down corner back or safety, done. He does not strike me as a man that will be timid. he will go after and get what he wants, meaning what the Jags need.
If you'd like to see Wayne and Delores Weaver put in the Jaguars Ring of Honor, simply go to the online petition here and sign your name in support. Personally, no one has done more for the Jaguars as a franchise or the city of Jacksonville over the past 20 years than these two.
Well, if you missed all of the news out of Jacksonville today, you either live under a rock, a tree fell on the power lines outside your house, or you're on sabbatical right now. Regardless of why you don't know what everyone else who is even aware of the NFL's existence already knows, here's a recap of what happened today in Jacksonville.
- The first bombshell was that Jack Del Rio was fired. While everyone at this point knew it would happen at some point, the timing caught me somewhat off guard. Luckily, the Jaguars have a long week as they play on Monday, not Sunday, against the Chargers in prime time.
- That news was followed by word that Gene Smith received a 3 year contract extension as the Jaguars' GM. Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union reported this news simultaneously with our last explosive nugget of truth...
- The Jaguars' long time owner, Wayne Weaver, has sold the Jaguars to Shahid Khan, the same guy that attempted to buy the Rams in 2010. The sale apparently contains an agreement by Kahn that he'll keep the team in Jacksonville, something Weaver has been adamant about since he founded the team.
Now I want to talk for a bit about the firing of Jack Del Rio. Was it time to move on? Probably. In fact, it had a very Jeff Fisher feel to it. By that I mean that it wasn't that he was a bad coach (although many would disagree with that statement). It was time for a change. Really, Alfie Crow of Big Cat Country was right when he thought the time for change was last February, but that's not what happened. Personally, I loved Del Rio's aggressive style of play. Going for it on 4th and 1 near midfield became a signature move of the Jaguars under Del Rio. I, for one, appreciate everything he did for the city and the team. He's a great person, and he'll land on his feat.
As for the rapid changes that are taking place in within the organization; I'm very excited. The whole situation has the distinct feel of a fresh start for the Jaguars. Gene Smith will be allowed to continue to work on the roster that he's put together (may I suggest starting at the WR position?), and a new coach can make this team his own.
Yes, this season has been a bitter disappointment, but I have a distinct feeling of optimism when I look at it. There are major questions to address once the season is over, but for the remainder of the Jaguars' 2011 campaign, I'm going to stop bitching, sit back, and watch a young team continue to grow and develop. I suggest you do the same.
Jack Del Rio has finally been fired. Defensive Coordinator Mel Tucker has been promoted to head coach for the last 5 games of 2011. In a move that suprised no one, (except for the fact that it came about 3 games too late) Jack has been shown the door. The Jaguars will now start their search for a new head coach & possibly an entirely new coaching staff as well. Most of us don't expect Dirk Koetter to return as Offensive Coordinator next season. Tucker was the lone bright spot on a otherwise less than impressive staff. Del Rio seemed to know this move was coming for the last 4 weeks. He had the look of a defeated man during his post game press conferences. Del rio was well liked by his players, but just seemed to have lost the ability to get the most out of them on gamedays.