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Jaguars Lambo gets second AFC Special Teams Player of Week honor

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For the second time in four weeks, Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo has been honored by the AFC at their special teams player of the week.

The honor was announced on Wednesday morning after Lambo kicked four field goals in Jacksonville’s 27 – 17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday:

Three of Lambo’s makes were easy inside 30 yards and he also had a 37-yard field goal in the third quarter in the victory.

Lambo’s game-winning 33 yard field goal with no time left pulled out a back-and-forth game against the Broncos three weeks ago to also get him the AFC award.

Denver had taken the lead on a Joe Flacco to Courtland Sutton touchdown with just over a minute remaining.

However, Jags rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew led the offense into scoring range, as they worked the clock down inside of 10 seconds. Lambo had earlier made field goals of 25, 40 and 34 yards helping the Jaguars stay in the game.

Lambo remains the only kicker in the NFL with 100% accuracy and at least 10 kicks, as he is 18 – 18 on the season. While he doesn’t have one beyond 50 yards, he’s 12 for 12 from 30-49 yards on the year.

Lambo is a fifth year kicker from Texas Tech, originally signed with the Chargers as a free agent in 2015. When they released him in the 2017 season, the Jaguars grabbed him in October that year. And, Lambo kicked well for the Jags during their playoff run to the AFC Championship Game.

Lambo was 4 for 4 on FGs and 9 for 9 on Extra points for a perfect run that postseason. He also set the franchise postseason record with a 54 yarder at New England in the narrow loss to the Pats.

It is the first time that a Jaguar special-teamer has been AFC player of the week multiple times in the same season, since kicker Josh Scobee pulled off the feat in the 2005 campaign.

Jacksonville will host the lowly New York Jets Sunday at home with a chance to get their record back to .500 at 4 – 4.

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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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