Shahid Khan calls Jaguars embarrassing

Shahid-KhanIn his first season as the owner of the Jaguars, Shahid Khan is embarrassed by what he has seen on the field.

That’s the word Khan used on Jaguars All Access on Action News 47, in an appearance in which he made clear that he knows the 1-7 team has to get a lot better.

“It’s embarrassing but there are better days ahead,” Khan said, via the Florida Times-Union. “I’m deeply grateful to the fans for supporting us. They’ve done their part. Now we have to do our part.”

Khan indicated that he’ll run this business the same way he ran the auto parts company that made him a billionaire.

“Whether it’s a football team or an auto parts company, you need three things: Right people in the right spots, processing and decision making that’s right and you need support from fans, sponsors or owners,” Khan said. “We have to finish the season. You can’t be rushing to judgment. I wish life was that simple, that you could hire and fire people and things would change. I am committed to building a sustainable, winning organization.”

Khan says he will not meddle in the football decisions and will not decide who the Jaguars sign in free agency or draft in April, but he will make some hard decisions about who the Jaguars need in place to make those decisions. Read more…

Spurrier: Alabama would be favored over Jacksonville

Alabama Crimson TideCould Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide beat the Jacksonville Jaguars or Kansas City Chiefs?

According to South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier who appeared on The Dan Patrick Show they would at least be favorite.

Spurrier said “What do I know?” afterwards, but when asked if the Crimson Tide could beat the Jaguars he said he did believe Alabama would be favored.

Dan Patrick and company are taking his words straight to Vegas as they try to come up with a line for a “make-believe” game.

The question has been asked many times, but this time around, there are two college teams that warrant the discussion.

The stellar defense of Alabama and the explosive offense of Oregon.

The argument usually comes to an end when we step back and remember a college team is filled with players who are Freshmen through Seniors and some at only 18 years of age going up against the men of the NFL.

But the NFL is already taking from the uptempo Oregon offense including Bill Belichick and scouts watch Alabama each and every week to pick the brain of Saban?

Maybe it’s not the players, but the scheme both programs are using that make the teams dangerous?

*Update, Pregame.com’s R.J. Bell messaged into the Dan Patrick Show, the Chiefs or Jaguars would be favored by 24 points if they played Alabama. 

 

Maurice Jones-Drew could need season ending surgery

Maurice Jones-DrewThe Jacksonville Jaguars don’t have an official diagnosis for running back Maurice Jones-Drew’s foot injury yet. But they’re concerned it could be something very serious.

Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey acknowledged at his press conference today that a Lisfranc injury is a possibility. The Lisfranc injury usually keeps a player out at least a few months, which would make it a season-ending injury at this point in the season.

That’s the worst-case scenario, and it’s possible that further examination will reveal a less serious injury. But there’s real concern in Jacksonville that a bad season is about to get a lot worse with the loss of the Jaguars’ best player.

Jones-Drew, who led the league in rushing last season, held out of training camp this season in the hopes of getting a new contract — which the Jaguars refused to discuss. This year he ranks 18th in the league with 414 rushing yards, and he might not gain any more. Read more…

NFL Week 6 Power Rankings: Jaguars stinkin’ up the place

NFL Power RankingsIs there a team worse than the Jacksonville Jaguars? The Blaine Gabbert experiment could be coming to an abrupt end.
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4) ,Last Week: 30
Some things we learned after last week’s games: Robert Griffin III is a really good quarterback, the Philadelphia Eagles have all sorts of problems, the Green Bay Packers are as good as we thought they were, the Kansas City Chiefs may finish 2012 with the NFL’s worst record, the Cleveland Browns are better than their 1-5 record may indicate, the Denver Broncos are in the beginning of a turnaround, and the San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills may be the most overrated 3-3 teams in the NFL.

31. Kansas City Chiefs (1-5), Last Week: 27: A franchise in need of a huge makeover

30. Cleveland Browns (1-5), Last Week: 32: What a birthday for quarterback Brandon Weeden on Sunday

29. Oakland Raiders (1-4), Last Week: 29: Should’ve beaten the Falcons in Atlanta…even when the Raiders play their best, they still find a way to lose

28. New Orleans Saints (1-4), Last Week: 28: Possibly the team to look out for from now on out

27. Carolina Panthers (1-4), Last Week: 26: Can Cam Newton and the Panthers live up to there Super Bowl preseason predictions?

26. Tennessee Titans (2-4), Last Week: 31: Big win Thursday Night against the Steelers

25. Buffalo Bills (3-3), Last Week: 25: The Bills will not go far with Ryan Fitzpatrick quarterbacking the team

24. San Diego Chargers (3-3), Last Week: 16: Monday Night showed this team can’t beat the contenders

23. Indianapolis Colts (2-3), Last Week: 18: Big difference between Week Five and Week Six

22. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-3),Last Week: 12: The Steelers are rapidly declining in front of our very own eyes

21. Dallas Cowboys (2-3), Last Week: 17: Jason Garrett’s coaching mistakes have costed the Cowboys dearly

20. Detroit Lions (2-3), Last Week: 24: Great way to bounce back in Philadelphia Read more…

Week 5 NFL Power Rankings: Cleveland brings up the rear

NFL Power Rankings

32. Cleveland Browns (0-5), Last Week: 32

Brandon Weeden, Trent Richardson and the Browns may not win until Week 14 by the looks of their upcoming schedule. They do however welcome back Joe Haden. 

Five Weeks down, 12 weeks to go in the 2012 NFL season. Through nearly the first third of the year, the Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams, Green Bay Packers, and Detroit Lions are the true surprises of the season. The Vikings and Rams, two teams which combined for six victories in 32 games a year ago, have already combined for seven victories in ten games. The Packers and Lions finished in the top half of the NFC North division a year ago, and

sit on the bottom half of the NFC North division in 2012.

These surprises are the reason why it is easy to love football: any team has a chance in any game.

Here are the Goat’s Week 5 NFL Power Rankings:

31. Tennessee Titans (1-4)

Last Week: 31

Maybe letting go of Jeff Fisher wasn’t the best option for the Titans

30. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4)

Last Week: 29

Is Blaine Gabbert honestly the best quarterback the Jaguars have?


Last Week: 30
29. Oakland Raiders (1-3)

Hopefully the bye week will help the Raiders’ chances in Atlanta on Sunday

28. New Orleans Saints (1-4)

Last Week: 26

The Saints finally get their first win of 2012 under interim for the interim head coach Aaron Kromer. 

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Start of the NFL season: AFC power rankings

As the end of the NFL preseason is quickly approaching, so is the beginning of the 2012 NFL regular season. As there is one week left of preseason football, we are less than 10 days away from the start of the 2012 NFL season. I like to name this period “Week Zero”, as these power rankings are a basic opinion of how I believe the 2012 NFL season will pan out.

In the AFC, many familiar faces and teams will be in the postseason talks once again. The AFC, which is noticeably weaker than the rival NFC, have many teams loaded with potential, but just are not quite there yet. Here are the Week Zero AFC Power Rankings.

16. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

A new head coach (Mike Mularkey), a quarterback still going through growing pains (Blaine Gabbert), a defense on the decline, and one of the best playmakers in the NFL (Maurice Jones-Drew) is holding out for a new contract…yea, 2012 will not be very kind to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Projection: 4-12

15. CLEVELAND BROWNS

The Browns can only hope they struck gold by drafting Weeden (3) and Richardson (33)

The Browns have some bright spots in wide receiver Greg Little, All-Pro offensive tackle Joe Thomas, a defensive line loaded with under-the-radar talent, and two of the most efficient defensive players in the game in linebacker D’Qwell Jackson and cornerback Joe Haden, the problem though? Too young, not ready to compete for a playoff spot yet.

Projection: 4-12

14. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

New Colts franchise quarterback Andrew Luck doesn’t play like an ordinary NFL rookie, but fellow rookies Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen, and T.Y. Hilton certainly look the part, as the Colts are starting over with new head coach Chuck Pagano and look to be heading in the right direction.

Projection: 5-11

13. MIAMI DOLPHINS

The Dolphins made significant moves in the offseason, trading away star wide receiver Brandon Marshall, cutting former starting quarterback Chad Henne, signing Chad Johnson, cutting Chad Johnson, and trading away cornerback Vontae Davis…the Dolphins will have difficulty finding any kind of identity in 2012.

Projection: 6-10

12. OAKLAND RAIDERS

Carson Palmer may have a training camp with the Raiders under his belt, but the wide receiver core is average, Darren McFadden is injury-prone, the linebacker core is inexperienced and troubled, and the secondary has trouble in coverage.

Projection: 6-10

11. TENNESSEE TITANS

Starting Jake Locker at quarterback will be a rough transition for the Titans, as Locker may not even have top-target Kenny Britt available at his expense, but the Titans need to see if Locker fits the bill of an NFL franchise quarterback.

Projection: 6-10

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Khan tells MJD the train is leaving the station?

Maurice Jones-Drew

The Jaguars haven’t budged from their negotiating stance of not negotiating with holdout running backMaurice Jones-Drew and it doesn’t sound like they’ll be budging at any point in the future.

At a press conference announcing the Jaguars’ plans to play four games in London, owner Shad Khan, who previously said that Jones-Drew’s absence wasn’t a great concern, was asked about where things stand with Jones-Drew. There’s no reading between the lines needed to get his point.

“Train is leaving the station. Run, get on it,” Khan said, via Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union.

Gloomy predictions about the Jaguars offense have not found much supporting evidence in the team’s first two preseason games. Blaine Gabbert’s looked better than he did as a rookie, Justin Blackmon hit the ground running in his debut and, most significantly for Jones-Drew, Rashad Jennings is averaging more than five yards a carry. All caveats about preseason appearances being deceiving apply, but Jones-Drew’s case hasn’t gotten any stronger since his holdout began. Read more…

5 Fantasy Football players that are overrated relative to ADP

Andre Johnson is Overrated in Fantasy Football They say you can’t win your fantasy football league on draft day, but you certainly can lose it. As I said before, fantasy football is all about value. You want to maximize the value of each and every pick. Every time you draft a player a fantasy football bust who doesn’t perform to his draft position, you’re at a disadvantage.

With that said, here are five fantasy football players that I think are overrated in drafts right now.

1. Maurice Jones-Drew (ADP: 8.5)

Jones-Drew was great last season, but his stats were a bit inflated by a four touchdown game and a 169 yard game in Week 17 when most fantasy leagues don’t play (also his only game with over 125 rushing yards). I’m not sold on Blaine Gabbert and the Jaguars offense to keep defenses honest and his holdout doesn’t help his cause. I wouldn’t take Jones-Drew in the first round.

2. Peyton Manning (ADP: 53.6)

He’s had four surgeries on his neck. If that doesn’t scare you, I don’t know what would. One hit and his season and career could be over. Now you can say that about any player, but if I’m a Manning owner every time he gets I’m holding my breath and praying he gets up.Quarterback is too deep for me to take a chance on Manning.  Read more here…

Note: ADP Data from FantasyPros.com

2012 NFL teams with quarterback issues

Blaine Gabbert

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On any given NFL roster, you will find a little over fifty players, and out of those fifty players, you can typically expect three quarterbacks. Assuming an NFL roster is precisely 52 strong, quarterbacks amount to roughly 6% of a roster. During this past offseason, NFL.com polled a bevy of current players to compile a list of the elite 100 players in the league today. On that list, there were 13 quarterbacks to be found. That’s 13%, which is more than double (I hope you could have done that math without my assistance). There is no more visible position in the modern National Football League than that of quarterback. More than ever, the league is particularly pass happy. Many commentators would agree that a team’s chances to win a Super Bowl are next to nil without an elite gunslinger under center. Of course, not every team has an elite QB to start. Some teams still don’t know is indeed going to start, even though the season is only weeks away.

Here are five of those teams.

Miami Dolphins
For 17 seasons, this Miami franchise was lucky enough to have one of the game’s all-time greats, Dan Marino, in the prime position. Those days are long gone, and right now the Dolphins are trying to decide between three solid, yet unspectacular quarterbacks. There are three competitors, all of whom represent a different time in the career spectrum. There’s recently acquired veteran David Garrard, who brings an above-average rushing game to the mix. Last year’s starter Matt Moore proved uneven; some games the ball constantly found its way to the end zone, other games it made its being fumbled to the ground. My bet is that rookie Ryan Tannehill, who has been spectacular in training camp and supremely dedicated, may not start week one, but he’ll end the season with the gig.  Read More…

Report: Gabbert not showing signs of improvement

Blaine Gabbert

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are reeling, and increasingly injured. And the new head coach has never even met the best player on the team. To be kind, the Jaguars’ season is off to a dysfunctional start.

There is a quick fix for all of this, though, and we’ve alluded to it before. And conveniently, the guy who can do it is already on the roster. Quarterback Blaine Gabbert can elevate the Jaguars’ 2012 performance if he takes a big leap in year two of his NFL career. Gabbert is the key to Jacksonville’s season.

According to ESPN.com AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky, however, Gabbert’s practice-field performance suggests he is not ready for that sophomore leap.  Read More…

2012 NFL season: The top 10 team prop bets

Adrian Peterson 2012

After an extremely exciting 2011 NFL season and less than respectable off-season for several teams, the 2012 pre-season is almost here. The smell of pigskin is in the air as training camps are in full swing and teams are getting their rosters together. Only two rookies remain unsigned – Justin Blackmon and Kendall Wright – and one has to believe that their agents are likely waiting for the other to sign their contracts.

Is there anything better than sitting back on Sunday’s and watching the NFL package while partaking in fantasy football and placing some friendly wagers on the games? To that, I say no! However, we must wait for these opportunities. That said, there are some team props out there that allow us to get the football juices flowing. The following is our Top 10 NFL Team Props.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars – 5

As mentioned, Justin Blackmon remains unsigned and the rookie wide out isn’t even close to the most impactful player that remains away from training camp. Maurice Jones-Drew has decided to sit out training camp in hopes of getting a new contract. Apparently the two sides are very far apart and Drew has already threatened to holdout into the season. Without the 2011 rushing leader on the field, the Jags will have an extremely ugly season.

Prediction: 3-13

9. Philadelphia Eagles – 10 ½

While I do expect a better year than last for the Eagles, there’s just no way they will reach 11 wins in 2012. While LeSean McCoy is a very talented back, and should be even better this year, he didn’t get much help in the offseason. The wide receiver corps is the same (and possibly worse) and the defense didn’t make any major upgrades.

Prediction: 9-7

8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 6

This is my surprise pick for the 2012 season. Tampa Bay had a nice offseason; they added Vincent Jackson, Doug Martin (via draft), Mark Barron, Dallas Clark, and a few other high character and talented players. With the Saints having their offseason issues, the Panthers still rebuilding, and the Falcons realizing Matt Ryan isn’t anything special, the Bucs should be good for at least 2-3 more wins than last season (4-12). Read more here…

Jaguars receivers struggling, must improve

Laurent Robinson

When the Jaguars gave wide receiver Laurent Robinson a five-year, $32.5 million deal, it came with an expectation that he raised his game above the third receiver level he showed as a member of the Cowboys.

Through the first few days of training camp, coach Mike Mularkey hasn’t seen Robinson rise above that level. While he’s been unhappy with the play of the Jaguars receivers — who are still waiting for first-round pick Justin Blackmon to join the crew — across the board, Mularkey singled out Robinson for a little extra criticism while also remaining confident that better days are ahead.

“He’s got to make some plays. Maybe he’s pressing. I’m not sure,” Mularkey said, via Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union. “I know he knows it. Heck, he’s been around the league a long time, and he knows he’s got make a play. Sometimes, you press. He’ll come around. … All he has to do is make one, and they’ll come in bunches.” Read more here…

Maurice Jones-Drew to skip mandatory camp

Jacksonville Jaguars v Indianapolis Colts

The NFL’s leading rusher is so unhappy with his contract that he’s refusing to show up to work.

Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew will skip the team’s three-day minicamp that begins today, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

That means the Jaguars can fine him up to $60,000, which would cut his 2012 pay from $4.45 million (an amount that Jones-Drew thinks is far too low) to $4.39 million. He could also be subject to having to forfeit a portion of the $9 million signing bonus he received when he signed his current five-year, $31 million deal in 2009.

The Jaguars have not yet said whether they plan to dock Jones-Drew’s pay, but they have said they expect him to honor his contract. By not showing up to the mandatory minicamp, he’s not honoring his contract.

Blackmon says he’s done drinking and will seek help

Justin BlackmonIn a press conference that was neither streamed on the Jaguars’ website nor permitted to be carried on live television or radio, Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon apologized for his recent arrest for aggravated DUI, and he has sworn off alcohol, at least for the time being.

“First off, I want to apologize to [G.M.] Gene [Smith] and Mr. [Shahid] Khan and his family and coach [Mike] Mularkey,” Blackmon said.  Read More…

Justin Blackmon, suspension upcoming?

Justin Blackmon DUI Mugshot 150x150 Top draft pick Justin Blackmon to be suspended?

Jacksonville Jaguars first-round draft pick receiver Justin Blackmon was arrested on an aggravated DUI charge Sunday after authorities in Oklahoma said he had three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system.

The former Oklahoma State star smelled of alcohol when an officer pulled him over shortly after 3 a.m., Stillwater police spokesman Capt. Randy Dickerson said.

Blackmon agreed to take a breathalyzer test and blew a .24 — three times the legal limit of .08, Dickerson said.

Jacksonville Jaguars released a statement…

“We are aware of the report and are gathering information,” Jaguars spokesman Dan Edwards said. “We don’t have any comment at this time.”

This doesn’t bode well for the league’s worst offense. This is not the first talented wide receiver to get into trouble for the Jaguars. This also sounds like the same kind of trouble former receiver Matt Jones went through.

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