The offseason is a long and boring stretch in the NFL calendar, however, in this period of the NFL season, important questions arise. Some of the questions include but are not limited to:
- Is Jalen Ramsey the best corner in the NFL?
- Was Myles Jack actually down?
- “Alexa, how do you spell Posluszny?”
- If Taven Bryan were a hit song, which hit song would he be?
For the first three questions, we already have the answers: Yes, no and irrelevant. With those respectively out of the way, we move to what we think is the most pressing question of the offseason, what classic hit songs best personify the Jaguars’ defense?
Taven Bryan – Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne
Come on; you can’t tell me that this song isn’t on a continuous loop in Bryan’s head, both on and off the football field. The song embodies everything that Taven Bryan is; his nickname is the Wyoming Wildman, that should be enough evidence. I can almost guarantee that from now on when you hear Crazy Train, the image of Taven Bryan throwing up the peace sign and the crazy hair will pop into your mind.
Calais Campbell – Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves
We like to picture that as Campbell walks out of the locker room and heads to the practice field, or maybe even when he’s grabbing groceries, a song similar to this is always playing in his head. Calais Campbell is #DUUUVAL’s own Jolly “Teal” Giant. Never have I encountered Calais when he wasn’t a big, lovable teddy bear of a man. It won’t surprise me if Campbell has a morning routine similar to that of Spongebob Squarepants, where he wakes up every morning with a giant smile on his face and greets everything and everyone in his path with a grin.
Malik Jackson – Gold Digger by Kanye West
Now, I ain’t saying he’s a gold digger, but he ain’t messing with no broke… franchises. Immediately following his Superbowl victory in Denver, Jackson jumped ship from the sinking boat known as the Broncos and was saved by the U.S.S Khan. Khan and Co rewarded Jackson with a six-year $85.5 million contract. However, out of all of this, one thing indeed happened. For Jackson, you will see him on any given Sunday, he won the Superbowl and might or might not have driven off in a Hyundai.
Yannick Ngakoue – Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
Ngakoue might easily be one of the most hungry and motivated members of the Jaguars defense. His twitter is a standing testament to his will to prove everyone who has ever doubted him or passed on him. The only thing that could make this song choice more perfect for Ngakoue would be if it were “Eye of the Jaguar.” Other than that, Ngakoue and “Eye of the Tiger” go hand in hand. This is undoubtedly a comparison that Yannick could get behind.
Jalen Ramsey + A.J Bouye – We Belong Together by Mariah Carey
A cornerback duo made in heaven. Bouye, an undrafted player, grinding his way to the top, paired with Ramsey, a top-five talent still learning the ropes of the NFL. The technician and the athlete. When Bouye stepped onto the scene in Jacksonville, the two seemed to have hit it off right away. Together, Ramsey and Bouye paired to be the best cornerback duo in the entire NFL. It’s hard at this point now to not picture these two on the same defense; we didn’t even have to witness this during the Pro Bowl as both played together on that defense as well. Mariah Carey said it best for Ramsey and Bouye, “Who’s gonna take your place? There ain’t nobody better. Oh, baby baby, we belong together.”
Myles Jack – California Love by 2Pac
Now before we dig into this one, I do want to answer the question on everyone’s minds. Myles Jack wasn’t down. Now that that’s out of the way let us all dive into the man who, although not born in California, became known there. Myles Jack, who hailed from the University of California, Los Angeles, arrived in the REAL sunshine state that is Florida (Even though 2Pac claimed California is the sunshine state, we know that is #False). The song both in the name and all around by the beat and rhythm, personify Jack quite well. The beat of the song is a chill but up-tempo beat which seems to showcase Jack on and off the field. Off the field, Jack is well mannered, and kind of quiet whereas on the field is a whole different being. He’s energetic, he’s loud, and his presence is known. Picturing Myles Jack with sunglasses on, cruising down Jacksonville Beach in a convertible seems to be the only way.
Telvin Smith – X Gon’ Give It To Ya by DMX
Telvin Smith was always knocked down coming into the NFL about his size and that he wouldn’t be able to stand his ground in the NFL because of it. Smith has proven all of his critics wrong, cementing himself as a top 10 linebacker in the league. Smith is a playmaker and puts his body on the line to help his team win. X Gon’ Give It To Ya is a perfect example of an “I’m coming for you, so get ready” type song and is geared for Telvin Smith. Smith gon’ give it to ya.
Although these players are no longer with the Jaguars, some songs are just too perfect not to get used, and for that, we present the honorable mentions portion of our list.
Aaron Colvin – Should I Stay or Should I Go? by The Clash
Aaron Colvin and the Jaguars were in a difficult situation this past offseason. Aaron Colvin wanted to get paid as well as play a higher role in another defense. The Jaguars wanted to retain Colvin for the right price and to keep him at the nickel cornerback position. Colvin receives two similar offers: One from the Jacksonville Jaguars and one from the rival Houston Texans. Colvin gets offered a more significant role in Houston as a starting corner, but if he remains in Jacksonville, he stays apart of one of the best secondaries in the NFL. Colvin has himself a real life “should I stay or should I go?” type moment. We know the outcome of that question.
Paul Posluszny – End of the Road by Boyz II Men
Longtime Jaguars linebacker, Paul Posluszny, announced his retirement this offseason which means it’s likely the end of the road for his NFL career, barring any sudden Brett Favre-isms. This song acts almost as a tribute to Posluszny who had to play for some very bad football teams in his NFL career but nonetheless, it’s the end of the road.
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Jaguars Release Jamaal Charles, Promote Linebacker DeLuca
The Jacksonville Jaguars have released running back Jamaal Charles after trading for Carlos Hyde and have promoted Linebacker Nick DeLuca. Charles was brought in to be a change of pace back for the Jaguars after placing Corey Grant on season-ending injured reserve.
The Jaguars traded for Carlos Hyde last week making Charles expendable. Charles accounted for 7 yards on 6 caries for the Jaguars. He also added two catches for seven yards. Running back Leonard Fournette has not been ruled out to play this week either and will travel with the team to London according to Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone.
Nick DeLuca is a rookie linebacker from NDSU. He was signed to the practice squad earlier in the season and has now been promoted due to the injury to linebacker Donald Payne. Payne will be out at least a couple of weeks with a knee injury.
We have promoted rookie LB @N_DeLuca49 to the 53-man active roster from the practice squad.
To make room on the roster, we released 11th-year RB Jamaal Charles. pic.twitter.com/OmiHd2wtvZ
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) October 22, 2018
Editorial: The Jacksonville Jaguars have nailed their own coffin
In electing to stick with Blake Bortles as their starting quarterback, despite benching him for a poor performance against the Texans and watching his backup Cody Kessler vastly outperform him in the same game, the Jacksonville Jaguars have nailed their own coffin.
Now sitting at a 3-4 record, on a three game losing streak, and in third place in the AFC South (the Titans own the tiebreaker for second place), it was clearly time for change to get this ship steered in the correct direction. Just seven weeks aggo, this Jaguars team was viewed as a potential Super Bowl contender. Right now, this team is projected to pick in the first half of the 2019 NFL Draft.
And they can’t blame anyone but themselves at this point.
“We can’t do s**t until we stop turning the ball over. Period. That’s just how it is,” head coach Doug Marrone said following the loss to the Texans. “…the first thing we’ve got to do is stop turning the damn ball over.”
In three consecutive games, the latest of which he barely played past halftime, Bortles has eight turnovers of his own: Five interceptions and three fumbles.
“I spoke to both quarterbacks this afternoon and told them that Blake will be our team’s quarterback. I believe this gives us the best opportunity to win,” Marrone stated in a release from the team after Bortles was named the team’s starter going forward.
In a 24 hour period, Marrone has stated that, while turnovers are the Jaguars biggest issue, the player who is responsible for countless amounts of turnovers gives the team the best chance to win football games. That is the message that is being sent to this team, and the Jaguars fan base.
And the team isn’t happy. Star cornerback Jalen Ramsey was quoted saying “It is no secret what’s going on here right now. Ain’t nobody going to say it because we can’t, but it ain’t no secret what’s going on and it ain’t right right now,” after the loss to the Texans. Given the circumstances, it’s hard to assume this was shade thrown at the quarterback situation.
Ramsey deleted a post of him and Bortles shaking hands on the field from his Instagram this morning.
Defensive tackle Abry Jones put the responsibility of the offenses deficiencies on the defense, quoted saying “We can’t let them [opposing offenses] score at all.”
The Jaguars have chosen to be complacent, and in doing so, this season will continue to plummet. The confidence is low heading into London this week, and the Eagles pass rush should have an easy job forcing Bortles into more poor decisions as this Jaguars team appears to be on track to a 3-5 record at their bye week.
This team was supposed go contend this year. At one point in September, the Jaguars had single digit odds to win the Super Bowl. But that is all in the rearview mirror, as the Jaguars have nailed their own coffin in naming Blake Bortles the starting quarterback of a team that is already beginning to implode.
Jaguars announce Blake Bortles will remain the starting QB
24 hours removed from his first career benching, where he was clearly outplayed by his own backup in a 20-7 loss to the Houston Texans, Blake Bortles has been named the starter for the Jacksonville Jaguars for Week 8 against the Philadelphia Eagles in London, per the team.
Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone announced in a statement: “I spoke to both quarterbacks this afternoon and told them that Blake will be our team’s quarterback. I believe this gives us the best opportunity to win.”
This comes under two hours removed from Marrone saying he had made his decision already but planned on addressing the team before releasing that information to the public. Bortles was benched after committing two turnovers against the Texans on Sunday, and Kessler completed 21/30 passes for 156 yards, a touchdown and an interception in his place.
Bortles has committed eight turnovers in the past three weeks.
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