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If I Were the GM – Early ’19 Off Season Prediction

Christopher Thornton

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It’s Halloween. The Jaguars are 3-5 in the bye week, and the team just got another 3rd round pick for the 2019 draft. Let’s get hypothetical.

 

The Jaguars are slated to have -$8,228,866 in cap next season

 

The Cuts

Oct 28, 2018; London, United Kingdom; Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long (56) sakes Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) in the second quarter during an NFL International Series game at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars trim a lot of veteran fat and cap in the 2019 off-season, getting rid of several key players.

 

QB Blake Bortles

This is a move the Jaguars have to make this off-season, and while the $16.5M in dead cap looks scary, you need to move on from the BB5 experiment and look forward. By cutting Bortles you save $4.5M on the books and finally admit, you did a wrong. The cap is now -$3,728,866

DE/DT Calais Campbell 

Calais has been an absolute fan favorite ever since arriving in Jacksonville. He led the charge defensively in 2017 by shattering Jaguars sack records, earning him the title “Mayor of Sacksonville.” However, Campbell, while still having a decent impact on the field, brings a hefty price tag and after the ’18 season, has an out in his contract the Jaguars should use, saving the team $9.5M and $15M on the books the next two seasons. The cap is now $5,771,134

DT Marcell Dareus

I cut Dareus simply for his hefty price tag. Releasing him saves you around $10.5M on the books but don’t worry, this isn’t the end. The cap is now $16,356,134

TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins

This cut could go either way. I went ahead and cut the cord to save the additional $4.75M on the books, but if the Jaguars were to keep him, I don’t think it’d be the end of the world. The cap is now $21,106,134

SS Barry Church

Barry Church should be benched at this point in the season. With rookie S Ronnie Harrison playing strong in his limited snaps on defense, he should get the nod going forward. Church’s play has been subpar this season and likely is an easy candidate for getting the ax next offseason. Cutting Church saves $6.25M on the books. The cap is now $27,356,134

RT Jeremy Parnell

Parnell has been up and down his entire career with the Jaguars, some games flashing excellent right tackle play and others looking like a bottom of the league tackle. The Jaguars drafted Will Richardson in the 2018 draft as a likely heir to Parnell’s throne. Cutting Parnell will save the Jaguars $4.0M on the books. The cap is now $31,356,134

DE Dawuane Smoot

Drafted in the 3rd round only last year, Smoot has been disappointing. Hopefully, with the team letting go DC Todd Wash, the big end will be no more. Cutting Smoot saves the team $571,460. The cap is now $31,927,594

 

Extensions/Re-Signing Free Agents

Sep 30, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars punter Josh Lambo (4) kicks a field goal during the first half against the New York Jets at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Although the team will likely re-sign a bunch of lower roster players, I went ahead and highlighted the two biggest names.

 

DT Marcell Dareus

He’s back! While the Jaguars could restructure Dareus to save cash, I am not that smart with the cap to do those calculations, so I just went ahead and cut and re-sign as the value I think Dareus could come back to. I re-signed Dareus to a Three-Year, $19.5M deal with $12M being guaranteed. The cap is now $25,427,594

K Josh Lambo

Statistically this season, Josh Lambo has been the best kicker in the NFL, and for that, he earns himself a nice payday and a nice extension. Lambo signs a Four-Year, $12M deal with $6M being guaranteed. The cap is now $22,427,594

 

Free Agency

I didn’t go crazy in free agency as the Jaguars have some names they need to start worrying about extending + these cap numbers are far from entirely accurate. However, after all the cuts they made, they will have some spending cash to make a decent signing for two in free agency, especially with the way Idzik can work the books.

 

QB Teddy Bridgewater

When free agency opens, I’m left with essentially two viable options for the Jaguars to sign as a bridge quarterback. Teddy Bridgewater and Tyrod Taylor. I offered both quarterbacks one year deals with varying values. Tyrod wouldn’t go cheap, so Teddy Bridgewater was the selection. Who wouldn’t want a bridge quarterback with the word bridge in the name? (Me but whatever, it’s the best option.) Bridgewater signs another One-Year, $10M contract that is fully guaranteed. The cap is now $15,427,594

 

The Draft

I dove little into these players so the analysis will be short but gets the point across.

 

First Round 

Sep 22, 2018; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bulls quarterback Tyree Jackson (3) throw a pass against Rutgers Scarlet Knights during first half at High Point Solutions Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

1(13)- QB Tyree Jackson, Buffalo

Jackson has incredible size and a cannon of an arm. With some development, the Jaguars could finally have a gunslinger, who can make almost all the throws, at the helm. However. Jackson isn’t a day one starter, leading to Bridgewater getting signed in free agency.

 

Second Round

2(45)- RG Chris Lindstrom, Boston College

Lindstrom is a powerful run blocker and has an anchor in pass protection. With A.J Cann now out of the picture, the Jaguars look to get actual competent guard play on the right side.

 

Third Round

3(76)- TE Kaden Smith, Stanford

Smith has the ability to be a great receiving TE between his size and catching ability. However, as noted by Benjamin Solak, Smith can be disrupted with light contact, something he will need to work on. Route running could improve but could be a great weapon for the Jaguars.

3(95)- DE Carl Granderson, Wyoming

Another edge piece to replace Dante Fowler Jr, Duwuane Smoot, and Calais Campbell. Could use some development but could be a good piece to complement opposite of Yannick Ngakoue.

 

Fourth Round 

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4(115)- WR Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, Oklahoma

Brown is a homerun ready to happen and could be the perfect compliment to future Jags QB Tyree Jackson as his deep vertical threat. Brown’s speed allows him to take the top off of defenses but is also a great route runner inside and can be moved around. Could be a poor mans Tyreek Hill and Patrick Mahomes.

 

Fifth Round

N/A- Pick traded to Cleveland in exchange for RB Carlos Hyde

 

Sixth Round

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6(187)- CB Ugochukwu Amadi, Oregon

The Jaguars like CB’s Quenton Meeks and Tre Herndon, but so far the Jaguars defensive back group has been decimated with injury. After talking to a few people about Amadi, they said thing like “good instinctual player and a fantastic leader.” Amadi is a smart player and can bait QB’s and will trust his instincts to make a play. Could be a great piece as a nickel CB for the Jaguars.

 

Seventh Round

7(234)- RB Lexington Thomas, University of Nevada Las Vegas

Not a whole lot to say. Thomas could be a change of pace back but with Carlos Hyde and Leonard Fournette dominating the backfield, will be hard for any rookie to see the field for any significant amount of snaps.

Christopher Thornton Is the Co-host for Locked On Jaguars. Christopher lives in Jacksonville and is currently a season ticket holder for the Jacksonville Jaguars. You can find me on Twitter (@Mistochristopho) and contact me at [email protected]

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2 Comments

  1. Dime Al Ghul

    October 31, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Tyree Jackson? QB’s that tall don’t succeed in the NFL.

    • cliff nauenburg

      October 31, 2018 at 6:38 pm

      **University of Nevada Las Vegas**

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Jaguars finalize coaching staff after landing offensive coordinator

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have finalized their 2019 coaching staff. They’ve officially hired their offensive coordinator as well as other staff members. John DeFilippo was the headliner for today as the replacement for Nathaniel Hackett as offensive coordinator.

The Jaguars also announced the remainder of their staff. As we covered in the past couple of weeks they have hired several position coaches, including Terry Robiskie as running backs coach, George Warhop as the offensive line coach, and Tim Walton as the secondary coach.

The rest of the staff was a mystery until today. The Jaguars announced they will be promoting assistant defensive line coach Jason Rebrovich to defensive line coach, and they have hired David Merritt as their assistant defensive line coach. Merritt spent the past season as the Arizona Cardinals defensive backs coach. Joe Danna will be promoted as well and will be coaching the safeties. Danna has been on the Jaguars staff as an assistant secondary coach since 2017. John Donovan, another assistant coach for the Jaguars, will be promoted to assistant running backs coach.

It is worth noting in today’s presser Marrone stated Tim Walton will coach the cornerbacks, and Joe Danna will coach the safeties. “I thought we could get more out of our coaches and players if we split the secondary,” Marrone said. This is worth noting as Walton actually held a similar role with the Giants for the past couple of seasons.

Scott Milanovich will remain on staff as the quarterbacks coach. Milanovich was the play-caller for the final five weeks of the season. Milanovich has been with the Jaguars as a QB coach since 2017.

There were no other major coaching changes on the Jaguars roster as the rest of the staff will stay intact.

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Jaguars will retain quarterbacks coach Scott Milanovich

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Nov 26, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterbacks coach Scott Milanovich against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars will retain Scott Milanovich as their quarterbacks coach, according to head coach Doug Marrone.

Milanovich filled in as interim offensive coordinator after Nate Hackett was fired midseason, but the offense saw no improvement with the QB coach calling plays. However, the team appears confident that the former Grey Cup-winning CFL head coach can handle the responsibilities of quarterbacks coach, a position Milanovich has held since Doug Marrone was named head coach in 2017.

The team hired John DeFilippo as their offensive coordinator earlier today. You can read why he was a fantastic hire here. Marrone mentioned during his press conference today that Milanovich and DeFilippo have a previous relationship in Maryland.

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Jaguars to hire John DeFilippo as offensive coordinator, per report

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to hire John DeFilippo as their offensive coordinator, per report.

DeFilippo was the Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator during the 2018 season, but was fired during Week 15, apparently due to a conflict of play-calling interests with head coach Mike Zimmer, who wanted to focus more on the run game than DeFilippo’s strengths with the pass game.

However, despite a lack of calling the run, Vikings quarterback had a historic season as a passer when it came to efficiency, being the first QB in NFL history to throw for 4000+ yards, 30+ touchdowns, 10 or fewer interceptions, and complete at least 70% of his passes. Much of this can be credited to DeFilippo’s influence in the passing game.

Previous to Minnesota, DeFilippo was the Philadelphia Eagles QBs coach during their 2017-18 Super Bowl run, where he was key to the development of Carson Wentz and rejuvenation of Nick Foles’ career after Wentz tore his ACL. He also served as offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns in 2015, where then-36 year old Josh McCown posted the second most touchdown passes of his 13 year career with 12 in eight games, along with 2109 passing yards, a 63.7 completion percentage, and only four interceptions.

DeFilippo’s first NFL coaching job came in 2005 as an offensive quality control coach under then New York Giants head coach and current EVP of Football Operations for the Jaguars, Tom Coughlin. So there’s a definite connection to the team in ths hire.

At the end of the day, the Jaguars number one priority this offseason has to be, and will be, fixing their passing game woes. Quarterback Blake Bortles needs to be replaced, and the team’s next signal caller must be groomed into a successful QB. DeFilippo has proven with Cousins, Foles/Wentz, as well as Josh McCown in Cleveland during the 2015 season, that he’s capable of doing just that.

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