Once again this Saturday, former Jaguars legendary left tackle Tony Boselli is up for Hall of Fame inclusion. And, there is some debate among his peers about his accomplishments and place in history.
First, as Boselli has said, and it is correct, it is an honor to simply be a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, especially on multiple occasions like he has been. Boselli is back in the discussion room on Super Bowl weekend for the fourth straight year.
And, it is never easy when you’re looking at contemporaries of not only his own position, but what tremendous players at other positions are eligible as well? That includes this year’s class with the likes of Troy Polamalu and Reggie Wayne as finalists in their first year on the ballot.
Then on Wednesday, Hall of Fame defensive end Bruce Smith weighed in on Boselli’s candidacy and in particular greatness/longevity versus a player having a shorter successful career like Boselli did for the Jaguars:
Bruce Smith said former Jaguars LT Tony Boselli was a phenomenal talent but wouldn't say if Boselli, who caught the nation's attention when he shut down Smith in a playoff game, should make the HOF. "Look, it’s all about a body of work," Smith said…. https://t.co/YvKPYNQYqT
— Michael DiRocco (@ESPNdirocco) January 29, 2020
Smith does have a point that if you are greater for longer you deserve more consideration. However, that’s on a case-by-case basis, and you must also factor in, if other offensive lineman that don’t have greater accomplishments than Boselli have already been put in? Then, the longevity argument holds less significance.
We made the case this time last year that Boselli does have a very strong argument not only from his Jaguars career, but the fact that, the voters set a very interesting recent precedent by putting Broncos running back Terrell Davis in the Hall two years ago. This is with Davis’ having a stellar career cut short by injury.
Further, Boselli had every bit the resume’ as Orlando Pace, the former number one overall pick of the St Louis Rams shortly after Boselli was taken by the Jaguars in the 1990s. While Pace had a longer career, he didn’t have that much more in terms of accomplishment, except having gone to the Super Bowl twice and winning one.
And maybe, that is something that is being held against Boselli? Although, you can hardly say that having gone to an AFC Championship Game, as the Jags did early on in his career, isn’t a significant accomplishment.
Further, with Boselli having only played five years in the 90’s and still being named that decade’s best left tackle by the football writers, that speaks volumes too.
Also it should be noted that Atlanta Falcons defensive end Chuck Smith, who tried to rush the QB against Boselli in the 90s, wrote a letter to the Pro Football Hall of Fame voters advocating tha Boselli he should be in.
— Tad Dickman (@TDickman89) January 28, 2020
Likewise, former Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor, who was voted in two years ago and who also went against the massive Boselli in his career, has been praising him and saying he’s worthy of induction this week.
There is no doubting or disputing that Boselli was a dominant left tackle for a short period of time.
And maybe, that’s a reason why he’s been held out to this point.
Now we wait to see what the 2020 voters think of his case versus that of other finalists and previous linemen they’ve put into the Hall.
Jaguars exercise 2020 option for WR Conley
Before free agency hits in March, the Jaguars have already begun to put some pieces together for their 2020 roster. And, that includes a big play wide receiver that they intend to keep around for this season.
The team announced on Friday afternoon that they have picked up a contract option on fifth year receiver Chris Conley, who comes off a career year in Jacksonville:
We have exercised the team options for WR Chris Conley (through 2020) and S Jarrod Wilson (through 2021).
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) February 21, 2020
Conley signed a two-year deal with the first year being guaranteed and the second year being a team option. He definitely lived up to the free-agent billing having a career-high season in receptions (47) yards (775) and touchdowns (5) despite Jacksonville struggles.
Conley did develop a chemistry with rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew, as he took over for the injured Nick Foles early in the year and won four games to get the team to 4-4. Conley also averaged a career-high 16.5 yards per catch in 2019.
He previously played four seasons in Kansas City before coming to the Jaguars via free agency. In picking up the option Jacksonville will pay Conley $2.3 million for this season including a $445,000 roster bonus. That is very cost-effective for the team in terms of the salary cap can other players they are looking to fit in.
The team must decide whether they will put huge money in front of their top pass-rusher the last three years, Yannick Ngakoue. Ngakoue has 29.5 sacks from 2017-29 with is the most productive three season stretch for any Jacksonville pass rusher in that amount of time. Jaguars coach Doug Marrone and GM Dave Caldwell have to figure out if they can get Ngakoue to agree to a long term deal or will they perhaps use the 2020 “franchise tag” for him, which would pay him around $18-19 million for the upcoming year.
And, the team also can negotiate a new deal with star running back Leonard Fournette, who is about to enter the final season of his rookie contract and is also going to be seeking a huge extension.
Report- Jaguars to hire former Giants coach McAdoo as QB coach
The Jaguars are trying to fix things offensively and especially, at the quarterback position. And, to that end, they have apparently settled on another hire, involving another former NFL head coach to lead their QB room.
ESPN Giants reporter Jordan Raanan reported Tuesday night the Jacksonville is hiring former New York Giants head coach, Ben McAdoo, to be their quarterback coach:
Ben McAdoo is being hired as the Jaguars quarterbacks coach, per source. The former Giants coach is back in after two years out of the NFL. McAdoo has worked well with Aaron Rodgers and Eli Manning in his previous stints.
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) February 12, 2020
McAdoo had been under consideration by head coach, Doug Marrone, for the offensive coordinator vacancy that occurred when the team dismissed John DeFilippo after just one season.
Eventually, Marrone decided upon another former NFC East coach, Jay Gruden, from the Redskins, as the offensive coordinator hire. Gruden, the younger brother of Jon Gruden, is known as an innovator in the passing game.
However, the Jags, including GM Dave Caldwell, were obviously impressed with Macado’s previous work with the Giants and Eli Manning. McAdoo began as an offensive coordinator in New York in 2014 – 15. He was then given the head coaching job, basically at the uriging of the two-time Super Bowl champion QB Manning to take over in 2016.
The Giants finished 11 – 5 McAdoo’s first year as the head coach and made the playoffs. However, the relationship with Eli Manning quickly soured and the team fell apart going 2 – 10 in its first 12 games with McAdoo actually benching Manning late in the 2017 season. McAdoo was fired the week after that benching and has been out of the NFL the last two seasons.
McAdoo will replace QB coach Scott Milanovich, who took over as head coach of the CFL Edmonton Eskimos for later this summer.
The Jaguars still have to resolve their quarterback situation, as they have high price free agent signing Nick Foles, who did not perform well in his first season in Jacksonville. And then, they have fan favorite rookie 6th round pick Gardner Minshew, who did play well at times in relief of the injured Foles and when Marrone benched Foles for the final four games of the year.
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