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Here’s how and why Blake Bortles may not be done with Jaguars, yet

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The much speculated benching at least for now, of Blake Bortles was confirmed Wednesday night by the team, but, bear with us. It doesn’t mean that he’s done in Jacksonville, once and for all. And, it also may not even mean that he’s on the bench week one against the Texans, either.

First, the team chose to release the info on it’s website on the night before it hosts Carolina in their third preseason game.

Interesting that with closed practice (even to the media) all week, coach Doug Marrone would not be made available to at least comment Wednesday night on the plan for the Panthers game. Instead, his first likely comments about why on this decision will come in the Jaguars Radio Network pregame interview tomorrow night.

Now let’s examine what was announced.

Chad Henne is the starter for this preseason game and he’s obviously got lots of previous experience with the Dolphins and the Jaguars having done so 53 times in the regular season in his career. Clearly, Marrone (and more importantly Tom Coughlin up above) wants to see if the first team offense responds to the veteran.

But notice in the story, Bortles is scheduled to still play with the first teamers and that likely would be in the first half Thuraday night, too. And, for those who think this is the final chapter for the former third overall pick? It’s not necessarily.

If Henne is ineffective, which is entirely possible, then, he’s no lock to be named the week one guy. And even if he is effective, Bortles could still lead a scoring drive (hey, maybe a TD?!) himself Thursday night to continue the debate.

There is also the possibility, although not likey, Henne could get hurt against the Panthers. Obviously, that would put Bortles back in the starting position it would appear.

We wrote coming off the poor performance by the first team last Thursday against the Bucs that perhaps second year QB Brandon Allen would be an option to go to soon. He clearly is more mobile than both Bortles and Henne, and has looked good against second and third team competition so far this preseason.

But, the fact that Marrone isn’t planning to try Allen against the first team Thursday night, signals they aren’t ready for the youth movement until forced later. Again, that’s good for Bortles in the short term, too.

Also key to him sicking around in North Florida, Bortles doesn’t have any trade value at this point. And, after picking up his fifth year option in the off season, the Jaguars would look completely foolish to just release him. So, that isn’t going to happen at this stage.

Therefore, at worst Bortles is the backup waiting to see what happens.

The Jags hope Henne is the spark, but they also desperately want Blake Bortles to respond to threat to his job/lively hood Marrone laid out after the Buccaneers game and play well Thursday.

And if Bortles does? He’s still possibly playing or even starting this season.

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Report- Jaguars to hire former Giants coach McAdoo as QB coach

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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:

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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Jaguars president Lamping continued to defend two London games

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Sep 17, 2017; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan watches his team during the second half of a football game against the Tennessee Titans at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
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With a fan base that is unsure whether or not Jaguars owner Shad Khan really wants to move half his team’s schedule, if not the team entirely to London, team president Mark Lamping took to the national radio airwaves Thursday morning trying to defend this week’s announcement that they will be playing a second home game in the U.K. this fall.

Lamping was a guest on “Sirius XM NFL Radio” morning show with co-host Bob Papa and Charlie Weis and tried to make clear that playing a second home game in London starting this year, is in the best interest of keeping pro football in North Florida:

Lamping told the hosts that Khan is “taking all the actions he believes are necessary to ensure the future of the NFL in Northeast Florida,” during the conversation. He went on to discuss Khan’s commitment to land development around TIAA Bank Field and how playing this second home game in London will be able to help with revenue.

Still, it’s totally understandable that Jaguars fans who hear those comments and say, “your words are empty and your actions of moving a second game to London’s Wembley Stadium mean everything.”

And, they would not be wrong to say or think that.

A franchise wanting to stay committed and strong in the market/region where they are, isn’t looking to take 1/4 of the regular season home schedule and play games five time zones away.

The point Lamping was trying to make is the same that Khan did earlier in the week: that the Jaguars make easily $500,00 and maybe north of $1 million more money by selling their home games to the NFL to put on abroad vs. playing in a half empty stadium in Jacksonville,.

The real bottom line with respect to attendance/revenue is: the Jaguars have only had one winning season in eight years under Khan’s ownership. In fact, they’ve lost at least 10 games (including the last two years) in those 7 other seasons, and the losing has caused fan apathy, which therefore results in a lack of revenue.

And, most Jaguar fans were unhappy, or just met with that apathy, Khan’s decision last December to not go ahead and wipe the slate clean from coach Doug Marrone and GM Dave Caldwell, who were part of those last two years. This especially, after firing VP of football,, Tom Coughlin, late in the 2019 season.

The belief from many fans, who post online or call Jacksonville sports radio, etc., is that there’s going to be more of the same of losing in 2020. And then, the owner threatening to move more games every year to London, while still being based in Jacksonville.

For now, the NFL is willing to allow Khan to play more games in the U.K., while being based in Jacksonville.

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