Playmakers wanted: Defending champ Alabama replacing stars
Saban and Alabama opened spring practice Friday, March 19, 2021l with an immediate goal. For now, they need to find replacements for three of college football's top offensive weapons. Patterson, File)Nick Saban and Alabama opened spring practice Friday with an immediate goal. He also didn't get a spring practice last year because of the pandemic. The Crimson Tide holds its spring game on April 17 and opens the regular season against Miami on Sept. 4 in Atlanta.
Jags' Meyer defends hiring ex-Iowa coach accused of racism
FILE - Ohio State NCAA college football head coach Urban Meyer answers questions during a news conference announcing his retirement in Columbus, Ohio, in this Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, file photo. A lawyer for 13 Black ex-Iowa football players has filed a lawsuit alleging his clients suffered racial discrimination under longtime coach Kirk Ferentz. Hiring Doyle rekindled memories of Meyer protecting assistant coach Zach Smith for years at Ohio State. AdMeyer also made former Louisville, Texas and South Florida coach Charlie Strong his assistant head coach/inside linebackers coach. Meyer kept seven holdovers from fired coach Doug Marrone’s staff, including veteran offensive line coach George Warhop, cornerbacks coach Tim Walton, nickel cornerbacks coach Joe Danna and assistant linebackers coach Tony Gilbert.
Urban Hire: Meyer returns to sidelines with NFL’s Jaguars
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Urban Meyer has won everywhere he’s coached. Watch Head Coach Urban Meyer's introductory press conference presented by @thecsicompanies LIVE ⤵ https://t.co/6E6Q81BgJ8 — #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) January 15, 2021Meyer agreed to become head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, leaving the broadcast booth and returning to the sidelines after a two-year absence that followed another health scare. "Urban Meyer is who we want and need, a leader, winner and champion who demands excellence and produces results. “I’ve analyzed this decision from every angle — the time is right in Jacksonville," Meyer said in a statement. Khan is switching to a coach-centric model that could give Meyer final say in personnel.
Jaguars fire Marrone; owner Khan plans to be more involved
Now, after nine NFL seasons and little success on the field, the Jacksonville Jaguars owner is taking a more hands-on approach to fixing the franchise's most glaring problems. Khan is handling the search for his next coach and general manager mostly alone, with some help from Jaguars President Mark Lamping. “This time around, I think I have a much better sense myself,” Khan said Monday after firing coach Doug Marrone. “What's evaded the history of the Jags really has been a franchise quarterback,” Khan said. Khan kept Marrone in place after firing general manager Dave Caldwell in late November, but ultimately decided on a clean sweep.
Jaguars fire head coach Doug Marrone after 15 straight losses
Doug Marrone of the Jacksonville Jaguars looks on during the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at TIAA Bank Field on September 13, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)The Jacksonville Jaguars fired coach Doug Marrone on Monday, a little more than 12 hours after ending the season with a 15th consecutive loss. But Khan gave Marrone another chance to make Jacksonville a playoff contender for the second time in four years. “I am committed and determined to deliver winning football to the city of Jacksonville,” Khan said in a statement. It’s unclear whether Khan will hire a general manager or a coach first.
Taylor-made day sends Colts past Jags, back into playoffs
Taylor's breakout game, given the circumstances, will never be forgotten by Colts fans. The Jags lost their final 15 games after beating the Colts in the season opener. Colts: Jared Veldheer started in place of injured LT Anthony Castonzo, and the Colts were without two starters in the secondary — S Khari Willis and CB Rock Ya-Sin. Colts: Rivers' TD pass, No. Hilton caught his 50th career TD pass, tying the late Jimmy Orr for fourth on the franchise list.
Jaguars set sights on Trevor Lawrence after years of failure at QB
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) makes a pass during an NCAA college football game against Syracuse in Clemson, S.C., on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (Ken Ruinard/Pool Photo via AP)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars have botched the quarterback position repeatedly over the past two decades. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL draft Sunday, gaining a stronghold on Clemson star quarterback Trevor Lawrence the same day they set a team record for futility. The only thing standing in the way of the small-market team drafting Lawrence is the junior’s decision to turn pro. —Signing Nick Foles: The Jaguars gave Foles a four-year, $88 million deal in 2019 free agency that included $50.125 million guaranteed.
Jaguars vs. Bears: How to watch, stream, listen
NFL Sunday TicketOPENING LINE – Bears by 10RECORD VS. SPREAD – Bears 7-7; Jaguars 6-8SERIES RECORD – Bears lead 4-3LAST MEETING – Jaguars beat Bears 17-16 on Oct. 16, 2016LAST WEEK – Bears beat Vikings 33-27; Jaguars lost at Ravens 40-14AP PRO32 RANKING – Bears No. BEARS DEFENSE – OVERALL (14), RUSH (16), PASS (13). JAGUARS OFFENSE – OVERALL (23), RUSH (26), PASS (22). JAGUARS DEFENSE – OVERALL (32), RUSH (30), PASS (28).
Jaguars vs. Ravens: How to watch, steam, listen
SPREAD - Jaguars 6-7; Ravens 7-5-1SERIES RECORD - Jaguars lead 12-9LAST MEETING - Jaguars beat Ravens 44-7 on Sept. 24, 2017 in LondonLAST WEEK - Jaguars lost to Titans 31-10; Ravens beat Browns 47-42AP PRO32 RANKING - Jaguars No. ... Ravens DT Calais Campbell starred for the Jaguars before being traded to Baltimore this past offseason. ... Jaguars RB James Robinson is the fourth undrafted rookie in NFL history to reach 1,000 yards rushing. He leads all rookies this season in scrimmage yards (1,361), rushing yards (1,035), rushing attempts (224), first downs (65) and rushing TDs (seven). ... Ravens QB Lamar Jackson leads the NFL with a 6.3 yards per carry average and ranks 10th in the league with 793 yards rushing.
Henry runs wild, Titans hand Jags 12th straight loss, 31-10
Enjoying a big performance about 25 miles from his hometown of Yulee was something new for Henry. He managed just 13 yards as a rookie in 2016, followed by outings of 92, 57 and 44 yards in front of friends and family. Henry had 170 yards on 17 carries in the first 30 minutes, including a 36-yard touchdown run. He added a 47-yard scamper early in the third as the Titans (9-4) started to pull away. AFC South-leading Tennessee clinched its fifth consecutive winning season and moved a step closer to securing a playoff berth.
Jaguars sticking with Glennon even though Minshew is healthy
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Mike Glennon (2) throws a pass as he is rushed by Cleveland Browns defensive end Adrian Clayborn, left, during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Quarterback Mike Glennon is getting another start for the Jacksonville Jaguars even though Gardner Minshew is fully healthy. Coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday he’s sticking with Glennon at Minnesota (5-6) on Sunday. It probably helped that Glennon was solid in his first start since Week 4 of the 2017 season. Glennon didn’t have a turnover — the first time since the season opener Jacksonville played a clean game — and wasn’t sacked. “There’s no doubt that we are going to try to win every single game that we play,” Marrone said.
Tua vs Kyler as rising Dolphins visit revitalized Cardinals
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) embrace after Tagovailoa throws his first touchdown pass during an NFL game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Fla. (Margaret Bowles via AP)When the Dolphins leave the oceanfront and head to the desert to play the Cardinals on Sunday, it will be about more than Tua vs. Kyler. Tua Tagovailoa, as touted as any signal caller coming out of college in years, will make his second start for Miami. Henry has eight rushing touchdowns, finding the end zone in five straight games. The Patriots will try to avoid losing five straight games for the first time since 1995.
Stafford, Swift, Lions protect big lead, pound Jaguars 34-16
This was a victory the Detroit Lions probably needed more than they would admit. Detroit (2-3) made this one look easy, somewhat surprising considering the Lions had lost six straight in which they led by double digits. SOCIAL INJUSTICEAs they’ve done all season, players from Detroit and Jacksonville remained in their locker rooms for the national anthem. The Lions had 30 players lined up along the goal line for the anthem, with seven of them — including Stafford — taking a knee. UP NEXTThe Lions play next Sunday at Atlanta, which has won four of the last five meetings.
Patriots back at work, day after 5th player tested positive
The Patriots went back to work Saturday, Oct. 17, one day after a fifth player on the team tested positive for COVID-19 and one day before their twice-postponed game against the Denver Broncos. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The New England Patriots went back to work Saturday, one day after a fifth player tested positive for COVID-19 and one day before their twice-postponed game against Denver. The Broncos had coronavirus news of their own Saturday: Running backs coach Curtis Modkins has tested positive and won’t make the trip to New England. Elsewhere, the Jacksonville Jaguars said Saturday that a practice-squad player tested positive. The Falcons had to shut their facility Thursday but reopened Friday after one nonplayer tested positive.
Undefeated Bills, Titans set to face off if testing allows
The NFL's ranks of undefeated teams should thin by one Tuesday night, Oct. 13, 2020, when the Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans finally meet in a rescheduled game. (AP Photo/David Berding, File)NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The NFL's ranks of undefeated teams should thin by one Tuesday night when the Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans finally meet in a rescheduled game. The NFL first postponed, then rescheduled their Oct. 4 game with Pittsburgh to Oct. 25, and their game with the Bills pushed back two days. “As a team that’s off to a good start, we feel like we’ve got a good thing rolling here and we want to play,” Bills quarterback Josh Allen said. The Bills will be the first team to play the Titans since the NFL closed Tennessee's facility Sept. 29.
Costly mistakes foil Jaguars in 30-14 loss to Texans
HOUSTON – Costly errors and an inability to take advantage of Houston’s mistakes gave the Jacksonville Jaguars another loss to a previously winless team on Sunday and left them in last place in the AFC South. “We’ve got to look in the mirror, re-evaluate and just find a way to win,” Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew said. Sidney Jones intercepted Watson twice, giving the Jaguars a boost on a day they played without three defensive starters because of injuries. It was recovered by Whitney Mercilus, who fumbled on the return, but the Texans pounced on the ball to keep it. Now the Jaguars are left searching for a way to get on track before they host the Lions next Sunday.
ODDS, HISTORY, MORE: Jaguars seek 5th straight prime-time win at home vs. Dolphins
SPREAD – Dolphins 1-1; Jaguars 2-0SERIES RECORD – Jaguars lead 5-4LAST MEETING – Jaguars beat Dolphins 17-7 on Dec. 23, 2018, in Miami Gardens, FloridaLAST WEEK – Dolphins lost to Bills 31-28; Jaguars lost at Titans 33-30AP PRO32 RANKING – Dolphins No. DOLPHINS DEFENSE – OVERALL (30), RUSH (29), PASS (26). JAGUARS OFFENSE – OVERALL (20), RUSH (12), PASS (21). JAGUARS DEFENSE – OVERALL (23), RUSH (10), PASS (30). … Jaguars rookie Laviska Shenault is the only WR in NFL history with seven rushing attempts and six receptions in his first two games.
ODDS, HISTORY, STATS: Jaguars, Titans meet in early AFC South showdown
SPREAD - Jaguars 1-0; Titans 0-1SERIES RECORD - Titans lead 30-21LAST MEETING - Titans beat Jaguars 42-20 in Nashville, Nov. 24, 2019LAST WEEK - Jaguars beat Colts 27-20; Titans beat Broncos 16-14AP PRO32 RANKING - Jaguars No. ... Titans looking for their first 2-0 start since 2008, also the last time they won the AFC South. ... QB Ryan Tannehill led 17th winning drive of his career and fourth with Titans last week. ... Tannehill threw for 14 TDs with three rushing TDs in six home games last season. ... RB Derrick Henry ran for 116 yards in opener, his seventh game with 100 or more yards rushing since the start of 2019.
Tank for Trevor? Jaguars say no way despite roster purge
FOURNETTE WAIVEDWhy it looks bad: Jacksonville got nothing in return for Fournette, a 1,000-yard rusher in two of his first three years who scored 19 touchdowns and rarely fumbled. NGAKOUE TO MINNESOTAWhy is looks bad: The Jaguars wanted a first-rounder in return for Ngakoue, who has 37 sacks and 14 forced fumbles in four seasons. Why it makes sense: He started showing his age down the stretch last season, partly because he played close to 80% of the defensive snaps. BOUYE TO DENVERWhy it looks bad: Team whiffed on two potential replacements: Free agent Darqueze Dennard failed a physical and Rashaan Melvin opted out because of COVID-19 concerns. Why is makes sense: Bouye wasnt at his best in 2019, finishing with one interception for the second straight season, and was due nearly $13.5 million.
Gase, Marrone, Quinn among NFL coaches sitting on hot seats
Hes got a lot more control of the offense this year, Gase said of Darnold. DOUG MARRONE, JAGUARSIt's hard to believe Jacksonville was a win at New England away from making the Super Bowl three seasons ago. But like Gase and the Jets, Nagy's future is likely tied to the performance of his quarterback. DAN QUINN, FALCONSThat 28-3 halftime lead over New England in the Super Bowl four seasons ago is a distant memory. A bad start this year, though, might be tough to recover from for Quinn in his sixth season.
Jags 'feel good with compensation' from Vikings for Ngakoue
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. The Jacksonville Jaguars never got the first-round draft pick they wanted for pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue. Jacksonville dealt Ngakoue to Minnesota on Sunday in exchange for a second-round draft pick in 2021 and a conditional fifth-rounder in 2022. And at the end of the day, when youre a coach and youre sitting there, its almost like you feel like youre in the middle, Marrone said. He will give the Vikings a young, proven pass rusher opposite star Danielle Hunter, one whose work ethic and intensity have always been among the most respected in Jacksonvilles locker room. Jacksonville also selected Ngakoues replacement, Josh Allen from Kentucky, with the seventh overall pick in the 2019 draft and added pass rusher KLavon Chaisson this year.
Jaguars open training camp with young, rebuilt roster
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (6-10)CAMP SITE: Jacksonville, FloridaLAST YEAR: Jaguars lost injury-prone QB Nick Foles on first series of opener and then benched him for good three games into return from broken collarbone. Rookie QB Gardner Minshew was pleasant surprise he went 6-6 in place of Foles and earned shot to show performance wasnt fluke. Growing locker room issues became public when NFLPA publicly bashed personnel chief Tom Coughlin in December, leading to his dismissal. PANDEMIC CHALLENGES: Florida ranks second in the nation in number of COVID-19 cases, increasing likelihood that issues will arise during Jacksonvilles training camp. CAMP NEEDS: With 12 draft picks and 16 second-year pros, Jaguars among NFLs youngest teams.
Minshew, Jaguars close out season with 38-20 win over Colts
JACKSONVILLE – This much seems certain for the Jacksonville Jaguars: Minshew Mania will continue into 2020. Gardner Minshew turned in his best performance in two months, throwing for 295 yards and three touchdowns and leading the Jaguars to a 38-20 victory over Indianapolis on Sunday. The rookie closed out Jacksonville's disappointing season by strengthening his case to be the team's starting quarterback next season. Minshew and the Jaguars (6-10) certainly made Marrone look good in the regular-season finale for both teams. Jacoby Brissett fumbled on consecutive drives, ending any chance Indianapolis had to end the season with consecutive wins.
Chargers end skid, hand Jaguars 5th straight lopsided loss
JACKSONVILLE – Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone sat slumped in a chair in his office, his head down and his face planted in both hands. It was Jacksonville's fifth consecutive lopsided loss, all by at least 17 points. The 1986 Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the last NFL team to drop five straight by at least 17. Rivers now has 2,668 yards passing and 24 touchdowns in nine career starts against the Jaguars. LA is 2-1 against the NFC North this season, allowing a combined 40 points against Detroit, Chicago and Green Bay.
Jaguars’ skid up to 3 straight as Titans run them over 42-20
NASHVILLE – The Jacksonville Jaguars are frustrated, embarrassed and angry after a third straight loss inside the AFC South. Playoff hopes too likely disappeared Sunday as the Jaguars gave up 28 points in just over six minutes of the third quarter in being routed 42-20 by the Tennessee Titans. The Jaguars (4-7) have only themselves to blame after giving up more than 200 yards rushing for a third straight game, adding the Titans to the Colts and the Texans in this string. “I don’t think in this profession you can do that and be a good head coach or be a good coach,” Marrone said. “Obviously, I am not doing a good enough job, but at the end of the day it is disappointing.