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Jaguars Boselli Hall of Fame snub doesn’t necessarily mean flawed process

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It happened again Saturday night. Former Jaguars great LT Tony Boselli waited by the phone for the call or a knock on the door with his family this time in a Minneapolis hotel room. Only the “knock” with Pro Football Hall of Fame president David Baker and cameras at the door, which indicates you got in, never came.

Instead it was the phone call that said, “close but not this year, again.”

Now, Boselli was not alone. As we wrote here, former Bucs great John Lynch got the same “you didn’t make it” call in his room Saturday evening. So did former Cowboys star DB, Everson Walls and several others who were finalists.

It’s the tough part of voting in anything. There are winners and then there are those that didn’t get the necessary votes.

There is obviously disappointment and even anger, in North Florida, as Boselli remains a popular icon. He was on those original Jaguars teams that rose to the playoffs and the door step of the Super Bowl twice in their first few seasons, and he and his teammates are beloved.

Pete Prisco, who covered those teams locally as a Jags beat writer, and is now a national football writer for CBS Sports.com, articulated well that he believes a flawed process of voting is what cost Boselli Saturday night.

Further, he blamed that the writers in the room, many of whom have been making the Hall of Fame voting decisions for 30-40 years, for being in a lot of ways “out of touch.”

He also suggested that the Hall of Fame have more inductee slots, available.

These are valid general concerns, but not necessarily true.

That’s because Prisco is not in the room for the discussions, and doesn’t know the actual merits of what someone was included for or excluded for, when it came time to vote.

That’s why the process is exclusive, with every NFL market having a rep. However, also the Pro Football Writers Association has 12 “at large” media members who are there, presumably with no team market bias. They give their thoughts and counter points in the discussion.

We at F.F.I. know and have talked to three different guys that are in that Hall of Fame voting room, regularly. They describe the discussions as thorough, and importantly, the writers are constantly comparing each player to contemporaries at their position. They have graphics, charts and other comparisons going on constantly for voter info, as there meeting regularly takes 8-9 hours to vote in the Hall class.

They aren’t perfect, but they also aren’t less informed because they don’t “watch game tape” regualrly, while evaluating.

No, in this case, it was more Boselli being compared to the likes of Orlando Pace, Walter Jones and Jonathan Ogden. All of whom played his position in the same time frame and all of whom got the necessary 80% vote and have been put in, recently.

Some may have chosen right then and there, that Boselli is not as good or deserving as those that were put in already.

However, here’s the other factor here, too: what other players have joined the discussion for the first time, as being eligible?

Example, this year it was a lock that Randy Moss and Ray Lewis (shown above celebrating Saturday night) were going to take two of the five allotted spots, in their first time up for discussion. Throw in Brian Urlacher, who had a tremendous case, and it became, even more difficult for Boselli, et. al.

These are the truths. Boselli is qualified and should get in. Sometimes it’s a long process for players dictated by others eligible that voters simply feel are more qualified.

It took 17 years for Lynn Swann to make it.

The veterans committee of the Hall of Fame put 82 year old Jerry Kramer of the Packers in on Saturday night, and he waited 40 years, since becoming eligible.

It shouldn’t take Boselli, who was voted an “All Decade” player in the 1990’s by a lot of these same writers considering his Hall credentials, that much longer. We’ll see if it’s next year or soon.

But, it’s not just a flawed process that kept  him out.

That process put others at his position in the Hall in the last five years.

It just hasn’t put Tony Boselli in yet.

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Why is Jalen Ramsey Twitter feuding with NFL Network analyst?

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There is no mistaking that Jaguars defensive back Jalen Ramsey is talented, and in 2017 he was named as an All-Pro by his peers and most recenlty in the player polled “Top 100.” So, that’s a validation that doesn’t need a whole lot else.

Yet, an NFL Network analyst and a former NFL defensive back himself, is questioning part of his game.

And, Jalen Ramsey got annoyed. Like, really annoyed.

It all began when, Bucky Brooks, who hosts a successful podcast and appears regularly on the NFL Network questioned another player, DB Casey Hayward of the Chargers, and whether he was a “transcendent talent” in coverage.

The exchanges with Hayward on Twitter Thursday went on for a bit and then, Ramsey jumped in here:

 

And, when Brooks tweeted about Ramsey and why he was drafted two years ago in the top five by Jacksonville, things cranked up on social media:

Next, Ramsey questioned whether Brooks believes Ramsey is only a product of the Jaguars “defensive system” and not of his ability to shutdown the opposing team’s top wideout, one on one:

Brooks referenced former fellow Noles All American and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Deion Sanders as one of those rare “lock down” corners, and of course, that someone that Ramsey, two years removed from FSU, wants to be compared to with his own game.

Brooks then explained further about his own analysis and teams/GMs/personnel executives thinking:

In the end, Ramsey, who is not bashful about expressing his opinions on or off the field, finally gave some props to Brooks for having an informed opinion:

The bottom line is that analysts get paid to analyze. And the good ones are always soliciting the opinions of others, who are actually coaching and working in the NFL Front office.

And further, if Ramsey keeps “locking down” the likes of the Texans DeAndre Hopkins, and the Colts T.Y. Hilton, who he sees twice a year, then he will continue to get the respect he wants. And, he’ll get the second contract dollars that come with it, too.

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NFL Network will show Jaguars preseason game at Minnesota nationally

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Coming off a tremendous surprise turnaround season that included a division win and two playoff victories, the Jaguars have everyone in North Florida buzzing for 2018. And the NFL Network is interested enough that it has announced it will be showing their second preseason game, at the Vikings, to the nation on Saturday August 18th.

This information was included in the NFL’s announcement that NFL Network will televise a total of 15 preseason games live, nationally:

The Jaguars will practice against the Vikings in Minnesota on Wednesday and Thursday (8/15-16) prior to playing the game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Minnesota, who won the NFC North and made the NFC Championship Game last year, signed arguably the top free agent on the market last March. That’s when they inked former Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins to a massive three year fully guaranteed $84 million deal.

Jacksonville will open the preseason the previous week against the NFC South champion Saints at newly renamed TIAA Bank Field in North Florida.

The good news in addition to the practice time with the Vikes, most of the starters on both sides of the ball will see action into the second quarter, if not halftime of the second preseason game.

This will be good work for QB Blake Bortles and his new assortment of targets like WR Donte Moncrief and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who both signed with the Jags in March.

And for the stout Jaguars defense led by DT Calais Campbell, LB Telvin Smith and CB Jalen Ramsey (all of whom made the Pro Bowl last year) will get a good opening half challenge from Cousins, and receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. It will also be curious to see if second year former FSU star running back Dalvin will be fully recovered from his ACL tear. And, we’ll see if the Vikings want to give him some work or rest him completely in August.

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Jaguars DT Marcell Dareus involved in two sexual assault allegations

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The Jaguars traded for defensive tackle Marcell Dareus last year to re-unite him with former head coach Doug Marrone and give him a fresh start on living up to his first round draft pick expectations.

Unfortunately, less than a year later, Dareus is involved in not one, but two sexual assault complaints.

First, it was learned Wednesday afternoon that a woman in Houston, TX, has accused Dareus of having unprotected sex with her in April, while she was unconscious. And she further claims that Dareus gave her a sexually transmitted disease. The unidentified woman filed a civil lawsuit seeking $15,000 in damages.

“News 4” in Jacksonville reporter Chris Parenteau had more on that allegation:

News 4 reported on it’s evening newscast Wednesday that there’s no criminal complaint with Houston Police against Dareus at this time.

The accuser’s attorney did give this statement to the station Wednesday afternoon:

“There are civil and criminal laws in both Florida and Texas that address circumstances where someone knowingly exposes another to sexually transmitted diseases. As of now, we are not aware that any criminal charges have been filed in this matter. Our focus is on protecting our client’s right to recover damages for the severe physical and emotional harm that’s been caused to her.”

The situation is further confused by the accuser in the Houston case admitting to having consensual sex on multiple occasions with Dareus after the alleged incident.

Meanwhile, there is another allegation that came to light on Wednesday, involving Dareus and others, that an alleged sexual assault occurred at a Tampa mansion in January of 2017. In a civil complaint originally filed in December of last year, an unidentified Las Vegas woman says that Dareus and members of his “entourage” sexually assaulted her after a night of partying.

The woman accused Dareus formally in an amendment to her civil suit in Hillsborough County Court in January. Dareus and his lawyers are trying to get the lawsuit dismissed at an August 9th hearing.

Dareus played in 12 total games for the Jaguars after the trade with the Bills. He had one regular season sack, but excelled in the playoffs with sacks in the Pittsburgh win and the narrow loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. He had 10 total tackles in the three post season games.

The 28 year old Dareus, a first round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft, is scheduled to make $10.2 million dollars this season in Jacksonville.

The Jaguars only comment to the media on Wednesday evening was that they were aware of the allegations and monitoring the situation.

Dareus’ agent had not returned calls or emails seeking comment from them or Dareus on the civil lawsuits and sexual assault allegations.

Obviously, in addition to the seriousness of the allegations, even in civil court, the NFL will likely be investigating the situation soon under the league’s personal conduct policy.

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