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Jaguars hold firm in our latest power rankings

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This weekend was rare in Florida football this season. We witnessed multiple wins in the college ranks and the NFL. FSU, UCF, USF, FAU, and Miami were able to find ways to win. The Jaguars were victorious for the second week in a row as well, with the Bucs getting bit by the referees and fell in Nashville. And then the Dolphins were the Dolphins on Monday night.

With a lot of wins, this week’s rankings had a lot to choose from, so the top breaks down as follows:

Florida Gators- The Gators remained in the top spot with a BYE last week. Now, they will shift their focus to the biggest game of the season against the Georgia Bulldogs. The cocktail party will once again be a defacto SEC East title game. With the Dawgs struggling on offense in their last two games, did they get things right over the bye to prepare for a stingy Gator defense?

UCF Knights- The Knights got things going again with an offensive explosion against Temple. UCF put up 63 points and 614 yards. Running back, Otis Anderson was the nest of the group in this one going over 200 yards and scoring a touchdown. Bentavious Thompson ran for 87 yards and two scores of their own.

QB Dillon Gabriel had only 219 of the 600 yards, but he also added three touchdowns of his own. The Knights will host Houston next week as they look to keep the offense rolling.

Jacksonville Jaguars- The Jags won their second game in a row with a win over the Jets. The Jags have now gone four and two in their last six games on the season. Gardner Minshew had a great game with 279 yards and three touchdowns. He is making a strong case to remain the starter even when free-agent acquisition Nick Foles comes back.

The Jags will look to finally when that third game in a row this time with the Texans in London. The Jags sit just one game behind the Colts and the Texans in the win column and would raise some eyebrows across the league with another win.

Florida Atlantic- The Owls bounced back in a strong way with a 41-3 thumping of Old Dominion. A week after losing a heartbreaker to Marshall, the Owls offense never looked back in this game. Chris Robinson only had 208 yards but tossed a pair of touchdowns.

The Owls now prepare for arguably their biggest game of the regular season against Western Kentucky. WKU just lost to Marshall creating a log jam at the top of the conference between these three schools. The Owls will need a win to keep pace with Marshall and hope the heard drop another game this season.

Florida State- The Noles are coming off their best performance of the season, and it came at no better time with Miami around the corner. Alex Hornibrook got the start and was effective. It was Cam Akers, however, who was the star quarterback on this day. Akers ran the ball effectively out of the wildcat, pilling up 144 yards on the day and a whopping four touchdowns.

Next, the Noles get rival Miami in a game both teams need to win badly. With both schools sitting at 4-4, it doesn’t have the excitement this game once had, but still, this game can ruin the season of whoever comes out the looser and could miss a bowl.

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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Jaguars hire former Redskins coach Gruden as OC

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It didn’t take long for the Jaguars to come up with a new offensive coordinator and it will be a very familiar name to fans of the NFL and in specific, in Florida. Former Redskins coach and Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden has been hired buy coach Doug Marrone to assume play-calling duties.

NFL Network insiders Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport had the news first on Tuesday night, that the Jags had settled on the Redskins coach who was fired during his sixth season back in October:

Gruden, the younger brother of Raiders coach Jon Gruden, was fired in October after the Skins 0-5 start and while in his sixth season in Washington. He mostly struggled for the Redskins to have success with a 35-49-1 overall record. However, they won the NFC East in Gruden’s second year (2015) with a 9-7 record, but were beaten at home in the Wildcard Weekend by the Green Bay Packers.

Gruden worked his way up to his first head coaching job after having been the offensive coordinator for Marvin Lewis for three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. There, he worked with quarterback Andy Dalton and spectacular WR A.J. Green and his final year (2013), the Bengals were 6th in overall offense and fifth in scoring.

The Jaguars had also reportedly interviewed former Giants head coach, Ben McAdoo, and had also been considering former Cowboys and Rams offensive coordinator, Scott Linehan, for their vacancy. Coach Doug Marrone fired first-year offensive coordinator John DeFilippo after just one season last week.

While the team termed it “mutually parting ways,” DeFilippo was quickly hired by the Chicago Bears last Wednesday, as a quarterback coach. And, obviously going from an NFL offensive coordinator job to a QB coach is not a lateral move.

Back to Jay Gruden. He is best known in our state for having been outstanding Arena Football League quarterback leading both the Tampa Bay Storm and the Orlando Predators franchises to Arena Bowl Championships.

Later his career Gruden was a player coach for the Orlando franchise, while also working during the NFL seasons in the fall as an offensive assistant under brother with the Buccaneers, including their 2002 Super Bowl win.

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Jaguars interviewing former Redskins coach Jay Gruden for OC

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The Jaguars continue to look for a new offensive coordinator in an interesting name with Florida connections has emerged.

Fox Sports NFL Insider Mike Garafolo reported on Sunday that former Redskins head coach and longtime Arena Football League star player and coach in the Sunshine State, Jay Gruden is on their radar:

Gruden was fired in October after an 0-5 start and while in his sixth season in Washington. He mostly struggled for the Redskins to have success with a 35-49-1 overall record. However, they won the NFC East in Gruden’s second year (2015) with a 9-7 record, but we’re beaten at home in the Wildcard Weekend by the Green Bay Packers.

Gruden worked his way up to his first head coaching job after having been the offensive coordinator for Marvin Lewis for three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. There, he worked with quarterback Andy Dalton and spectacular WR A.J. Green and his final year (2013), the Bengals were 6th in overall offense and fifth in scoring.

The Jaguars have also reportedly interviewed former Giants head coach, Ben McAdoo, and are said to also be considering former Cowboys and Rams offensive coordinator, Scott Linehan, for their vacancy. Coach Doug Marrone fired first-year offensive coordinator John DeFilippo after just one season last week.

While the team termed it “mutually parting ways,” DeFilippo was quickly hired by the Chicago Bears Wednesday, as a quarterback coach. And, obviously going from an NFL offensive coordinator job to a QB coach is not a lateral move.

Jacksonville’s offense sputtered at times this past season, although it was handicapped when prized free agent quarterback Nick Foles was hurt in the first game of the season and missed 9 weeks with a fractured collarbone. Rookie sixth round pick, Gardner Minshew, was good at times in relief and helped Jacksonville win six games overall with his play.

Back to Jay Gruden. He is best known in our state for having been outstanding Arena Football League quarterback leading both the Tampa Bay Storm and the Orlando Predators franchises to Arena Bowl Championships.

Later his career Gruden was a player coach for the Orlando franchise, while also working during the NFL seasons in the fall as an offensive assistant under brother Jon Gruden with the Buccaneers.

Of course, the elder Gruden is now the coach of the Raiders again, and they are slated to move to Las Vegas for this fall. And, it’s entirely possible that Jay Gruden could be joining his brother with them, as well.

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