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Jacksonville Jaguars selected Josh Allen with the 7th Pick

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With the 7th overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars have selected Josh Allen out of Kentucky.

In an unexpected turn of events, Allen fell to the 7th spot to Jacksonville. The Raiders had decided to select Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell; while the Bucs took LSU linebacker Devin White.

The rich get richer on defense with this pick.

Allen was a dominating force for Kentucky last season winning the Bednarik Award and the Nagurski Trophy for being one of the top defenders in college football.

He was a First-team Associated Press All-American and first-team All-SEC selection led the Wildcats with 88 tackles in 13 games, tied for sixth nationally with 21.5 tackles for loss and ranked second in the FBS in both sacks and forced fumbles.

Allen, a hybrid linebacker-defensive lineman, will slide right onto one of the top defenses in the NFL.

He is able to drop into coverage when asked about his top elite pass rushing ability. He can possibly be a direct replacement for former Jaguar Dante Fowler, who was traded to the Rams last season.

Sliding right into his starting spot the Jags shouldn’t miss a beat on defense. Allen could turn out to be a steal of the first round of the draft, as he was expected to be a top 5 pick on many boards.

Jamil King is a young draft pick working his way up the depth chart on the F.F.I. roster, who enjoys watching and writing about all of Florida’s football teams.

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AFC Championship game another reminder of Jaguars fall

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Two years ago, the Jaguars were 72 hours away from playing the New England Patriots for a spot in Super Bowl 52.

Now, 24 months later, you can’t help but reflect on what the Jags had and how quickly it all came unhinged.

That Jaguars team had magically won the AFC South with a 10-win turnaround regular-season. Now, the qualifiers are:  QB Andrew Luck was out for the year with shoulder surgery for the Colts after they had dominated the division in his tenure.

And, further, the Jags did not play the Texans in either game against QB DeShaun Watson. This, as he was still on the bench as a rookie in the first meeting in game one of the year. And, he had torn his ACL by the time Jacksonville played Houston in the second matchup.

When you couple that the Jaguars also playing the winless Cleveland Browns, their schedule definitely fell in their favor to help get to 10 victories.

And without a doubt, they played an ugly low-scoring home playoff game on the Wild Card Weekend against an offensively challenged Buffalo Bills team.

Still, a playoff win is a playoff win, and that earned the Jags a chance to play the Divisional Playoff matchup at Pittsburgh the following week.

And, that Sunday in the “Steel City” Blake Bortles looked like one of the best quarterbacks in the league with decisive accurate throws. Plus, Leonard Fournette was pounding the Steelers between the tackles for a couple of scores (above).

And then on the defensive side, Dante Fowler was attacking the quarterback, and Telvin Smith was anchoring the middle of the defense, plus, returning a fumble for a touchdown.

And, Jalen Ramsey was locking down Steeler receivers in one-on-one coverage in a wild 45-42 upset win.

That was then.

And, just two years later all but Fournette out of those players mentioned above, are now no longer with the team.

The Jaguars defense being hit the hardest by trading Fowler and Ramsey in separate deals to the Rams and then, Telvin Smith abruptly retiring in the prime of his career in the off-season.

Gone too is the man, VP of Football Tom Coughlin, who couldn’t get along with several of those players just mentioned above and got himself fired in less than two years after his team played for the whole thing.

He was fired with two weeks to go in the season by owner Shahid Khan, and  just 34 months after his heralded return to North Florida to resurrect the Jags. Khan has elected to keep coach Doug Marrone and GM Dave Caldwell despite them following 2017 with 5-11 and 6-10 seasons.

Jacksonville jettisoned Blake Bortles last offseason opting for high-priced free agent quarterback, Nick Foles. However. Foles never really got 2019 underway with a broken collarbone in the first quarter of game one and the team had to turn to Gardner Minshew, a rookie 6th round pick to lead them for a lot of the year.

So even headed into 2020, it’s uncertain who the signal-callers going to be?

Further, with those defensive names above gone and an aging Calais Campbell too, about the only thing a Jags fan can count on is young pass rusher Josh Allen. And, it looks like, he will be one of the most counted on Jaguar Defenders for years to come.

It’s also ironic that the Jaguars counterpart in the AFC South, the Titans have basically been winning down the stretch of this season and now and the two road playoff games at New England in Baltimore with Jacksonville’s 2017 formula. That would be: a strong running game to set up the rest of the offense and physical opportunistic defense more holding the other team in check.

Will the Titans be able to get over the hump and shock high-powered Kansas City, where are the Jaguars failed to knock off Tom Brady and the Patriots when they had their Super Bowl shot?

We are about to find out at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday.

And it’s understandable if Jaguar fans are watching Sunday and wondering how far they are away from that level of play and that big of a game at this point?

And more importantly, how much longer it will take them to have another shot at playing for an AFC title anytime soon?

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Former Jaguars coordinator DeFillipo already lands in Chicago

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It didn’t take long for former Jaguars offensive coordinator John DeFilippo to land a new gig, although it is a demotion back to a former role that he had previously.

ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reported Wednesdsay evening DeFilippo will be joining the Chicago Bears, as their new quarterback coach under Matt Nagy and working with Mitch Trubisky:

While the Jaguars and coach Doug Marrone termed DeFilippo’s ouster Monday, as “mutually agreed to part ways,” clearly he wasn’t willingly going to go from being an offensive coordinator to back to being a quarterback coach.

That’s the role DeFillipo previously held two seasons ago with the Philadelphia Eagles coaching QB Nick Foles, as they won Super Bowl 52 over the New England Patriots.

DeFillipo was then hired by the Vikings and coach Mike Zimmer to work with new free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins for 2018. However, he was fired in November has the Viking offense struggled last season.

DeFilippo came almost as a “package deal” in January of 2019 for the attempt to lure Foles, a free agent to come from Philadelphia to Jacksonville. Foles was subsequently signed to the most lucrative guaranteed contract ($50 million) the Jaguars have ever given to a quarterback in March of last year.

However, he was injured with a broken collar bone in the first game of the season, and the Jaguars turned to rookie Gardner Minshew. He performed well in Foles’ absence, winning four games to keep the Jaguars in the playoff hunt.

However, once whole Foles’ collarbone was fully healed, he came back into the starting lineup and performed poorly in three consecutive losses in November, which sunk the Jags season for good and sent him back to the bench for Minshew.

Jacksonville finished 26th in the NFL in points at 18.8 per game.

While the Bears had success in the first year of Nagy/Trubisky making the playoffs, they failed to follow it up this season. The Bears ended up 29th in both total offense and points scored with an 8-8 record.

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