Shad Khan Doubles Down on His Staff with Big Contracts.

OTFB Jaguars Reporter

By Julie Dixon // @ABroncoNole

Some people think the Jacksonville Jaguars flipped their team in one season. Wrong. When Shad Khan hired General Manager Dave Caldwell, he began four year long journey.

Caldwell drafted Blake Bortles, then went about the next three years drafting talent while removing older players with big contracts. In 2015 Bortles threw 35 touchdowns, but a ton of interceptions and the defense wasn’t good.

In 2016, the defense started taking hold, but Bortles was playing with two dislocated shoulders and a bum wrist. Doug Marrone, who had been hired that season to fix the OL, was moved up to head coach when Gus Bradley was fired.

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The moves and silence from the Jaguars

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By Julie Dixon // @ABroncoNole  

The Jacksonville Jaguars’ were active on the first day of free agency.

General Manager, Dave Caldwell, made a few moves today. He signed their longest-tenured player and fan favorite, Marcedes Lewis, to a contract option. The $3.5 million deal is for only one year. In his 12 seasons with the Jaguars, he has caught 33 touchdowns, five of which came this season.

Jacksonville also picked up options for guard Tyler Shatley and tackle Josh Wells, both backup offensive linemen. Considering head coach Doug Marrone was a former offensive line guy himself, that’s a good vote of confidence. Wells had three starts when Cam Robinson and Jermey Parnell were hurt.

Moves that weren’t made: offering options for big names like WR Marqise Lee, WR Allen Robinson, LB Paul “Puz” Posluszny, CB Aaron Colvin. The prevailing thought is Robinson and Colvin will be picked up.

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Colts add Reggie Wayne to Ring of Honor

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By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

Earlier today, the Indianapolis Colts announced they would add wide receiver Reggie Wayne to their Ring of Honor inside Lucas Oil Stadium.

Wayne, a 14-year veteran who played his entire career in Indianapolis, is one of the most beloved players in Colts history.  He played all 16 games in 11 of his 14 years, and only missing 1 game in 2014. He had 14,345 receiving yards and 82 touchdowns throughout his career.   Wayne’s 14 seasons is tied for the most consecutively in Colts history.

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Jaguars notes and happenings

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By Julie Dixon // @ABroncoNole  

 

Three big changes will be coming for the Jacksonville Jaguars. First, they will be getting new uniforms and helmets for 2018. I thought it was pretty cool that a team who plays in such heat wore all black, it gave out a tough vibe. It seems as though they’re going to go back to having teal as their main uniform.

This could be a win or a big lose depending on the shade. Once they had uniforms that were more baby blue teal and those were awful; hopefully, the teal chosen is far, far away from the Titans’ blue. The helmets won’t be two toned, but all black. The Gold/Black was a good idea, but without a fade were too “Mr Two Faced” for most fans.

One can guess the change is being done to sell more apparel and other items. Winning two play off games means new fans and an additional way to profit.

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Ushering in the 2018 NFL Honors Award Winners

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By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

Musicians have the Grammys, Actors have the Emmys and Thespians have the Tonys. But for professional NFL athletes, their recognition comes through the NFL Honors Award.

Saturday night the celebration of a year of excellence in the NFL was ushered in with rookies and veterans alike.

Here is a list of the winners from the NFL Honors:

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Brady, Amendola Lead Patriots to Super Bowl

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By Traci McCartney //@traciamc

Jacksonville 20-24 New England

For the 8th time in the 16 years that Tom Brady has been a healthy starting quarterback for the New England Patriots with Bill Belichick as his head coach, the New England Patriots are going to the Super Bowl.

Let that sink in. It’s amazing, astonishing, and sounds impossible, but it’s true.

The Patriots beat the #1 passing defense in the AFC Championship game, 24-20 to advance to Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis where they will take on the NFC Champion Philadelphia Eagles after their rout of the Minnesota Vikings.

All week, the media was talking about two things: Jacksonville’s defense and Brady’s injured throwing hand. Despite the 12 stitches at the base of this thumb, Brady was able to engineer his 11th game winning drive to seal the Patriots’ victory.

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Tennessee Titans hire new head coach, Mike Vrabel

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By Karen Christensen //@ksc47

 

After the Tennessee Titans lost to the New England Patriots in the AFC divisional game, former head coach Mike Mularkey was set to negotiate a new contract with the Tennessee Titans on January 15th.  The Titans had released a statement the previous week after the win against the Kansas City Chiefs during the Wild Card round that the team was sticking with Mularkey and that he would continue to be the head coach.  What happened during the negotiations to extend and renew the contract with Mularkey?  

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Previewing an old school match-up of Jaguars and Patriots

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By Julie Dixon//@ABroncoNole

 

The New England Patriots under head coach Bill Belichick, don’t lose in the postseason in Foxborough. This record has a chance to be broken when Belichick meets up against his old nemesis, Tom Coughlin.

Teams, coaches, and players try to outsmart Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. This won’t be one of those games. Doug Marrone and Coughlin believe in beating you with talent, playing simple, but effective smash mouth football.

The game will hinge, not on quarterback Blake Bortles, but on Jacksonville’s front five: defensive end Calais Campbell, outside linebacker Yannick Ngakoue, defensive tackles Malik Jackson, and  Marcell Dareus and OLB Dante Fowler. Brady will run if he has to, he will rush a yard or two on a QB sneak, but mostly he stays in the pocket and it’s up to those men listed above to push the pocket, snap after snap. Then hit him. And again. #Sacksonville doesn’t even need to sack him, just abuse him.

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Duuuuvaaaal Strikes Again in a 45-42 Thriller

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By Julie Dixon //@ABroncoNole

Jacksonville 45 – Pittsburgh 42

During the 4th quarter in Heinz Stadium, chants of, DUUUUVAAAAL could be heard unabated in the AFC Divisional playoff game. While the score seems as if it was a close contest, not even Pittsburgh Steelers fans believed it as the camera showed large sections of empty yellow seats.

From their touchdown drive on their first possession to a game-sealing field goal kick by kicker Josh Lambo, the Jacksonville Jaguars shocked Steelers Nation. The Jags weren’t pretty and once again, lost most stats like first downs 22-28, yards 378-544, yards per play 6.2-7.0 and total plays, 61-78.

Jacksonville did win the stats that matter: third downs 8-14-57% 7-16-44%, 4th down 100% and 5 compared to 3 red zone trips with scores.

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The Titans Agony of Defeat

Official Tennessee Titans Fan Reporter

By Karen Christensen //@ksc51

Patriots 35 – Titans 14

Photo Credit Donn Jones, AP

Hopes were high for the Tennessee Titans.  They were relishing the “underdog” role against the number one seed New England Patriots and were confident after getting an upset victory last week against the Kansas City Chiefs.  

Titans players were quoted in the press saying “it’s our time”.  They were confident in their quarterback, Marcus Mariota, insinuating that the Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady might be past his prime and due for a fall from the NFL throne.

At the beginning of the game, it looked like the Titans had a good chance to beat the Patriots; the Titans were first to score late in the first quarter when Mariota threw a 15-yard pass to rookie wide receiver Corey Davis for a touchdown.  It was Davis’ first NFL touchdown, a one-handed catch that got the Titans on the board and it felt like a breakthrough for the Titans first-round draft pick. Finally, during a playoff game, Davis made a big play. The glee didn’t last for long as the Patriots were able to score on their next possession and even the score.

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