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Jaguars got what they needed in Cincinnati Sunday

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After a month of headaches off the field involving a saga with Jalen Ramsey, the Jaguars needed to take advantage of an easy opponent on their schedule and get a win. And, the Cincinnati Bengals proved to be just what they needed on Sunday.

While the Jags were not perfect, they were good enough, especially in the fourth quarter, to put away a 27-17 road victory at Paul Brown Stadium. And in doing so, help put some of the drama involving their former All-Pro defensive back in the rearview mirror.

Say whatever you want about whether Ramsey deserved more respect, a long-term deal or not oh, etc., there is no question that his antics of the last couple of weeks, specifically, had begun to drain on the organization and even into the locker room.

So, with Ramsay dealt to Los Angeles in exchange for a couple of number one picks and a mid rounder, the Jags could focus on roughing up the winless Bengals.

And, even though Jacksonville was dismal scoring TDs in the red zone for a lot of the game and settling for Josh Lambo field goals, they finally got their act together, when it mattered the most.

Rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew floated a two yard TD pass to Keelan Cole and then fired the ball on the two pointer to Chris Conley that helped get the lead to 17-10.

Next, the Jacksonville defense took over as pass-rushing specialist Yannick Ngakoue came up with game changing play of the defensive day when he grabbed this terribly thrown Andy Dalton screen pass:

Even with over four minutes remaining, when he rumbled 23 yards for a two TD lead, the game was basically decided.

The Jags defense further salted the game way, when Ronnie Harrison picked Dalton, again and Lambo added his fourth field goal for a 17  point cushion.

More good news, as Leonard Fournette was again the bruising power back that Jacksonville finishing with over a hundred yards for the third time in four games finishing with 131 yards on 29 carries.

No, all the Jaguar ills are not solved with their victory in the Queen City Sunday afternoon, but at 3 – 4 they are respectable at the moment in the division and in the overall AFC landscape.

And with more good news that Nick Foles is scheduled to begin practicing this week off of his broken collarbone in game one, things may begin to brighten up even more in North Florida.

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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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