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The state of Florida had another rough one last week. In college, Florida, UCF, and FIU came away with wins. While it was another bad week for Florida State, USF and Miami. And, after a month of good football Florida Atlantic also went down.  In the NFL, the Jaguars were the only victors, as the Dolphins couldn’t get their first win, and the Buccaneers were on bye.

So here’s how our rankings stack up:

Florida Gators- The Gators bounced back from their loss to LSU with an ugly win against South Carolina. In a rainy game in Columbia, the Gators had just enough fight to knock off the Gamecocks. Now, the Gators will get a perfectly timed BYE week before arguably their biggest game of the year.

The Georgia Bulldogs await in what will probably end up as the SEC East championship game. The Dawgs have looked very shaky on offense the last two weeks, and the Gators defense has to be licking their chops as they look to get healthy.

UCF Knights- The Knights bounced back in a big way over East Carolina. The offense exploded behind Dillon Gabriel and Gabe Davis. Davis had 164 yards and two touchdowns and continues to show why he is one of the best and most underrated receivers in the nation. The Knights will travel to Temple next week in a must-win game for any chance to play in the AAC title game.

Jacksonville Jaguars- The Jags were able to snap a two-game slide with a win over the Cincinnati Bengals. The Jags rode a surge of second-half interceptions to a 27-17 victory. Leonard Fournette ran through the defense on his way to 131 yards rushing.

Against a banged-up secondary, the Jags had three receivers go over the 50-yard mark as well. Next, the Jags will host a Jets team that just got throttled by the Patriots on Monday Night.

Florida International- The Panthers won their third game in a row after starting the season 1-3. Anthony Jones has been running wild for the Panthers during this win streak with games of 115, 117, and 102 yards rushing. Sitting at 2-2 in the conference, the Panthers will need help if they want to get atop of C-USA East division.

Florida Atlantic- The Owls win streak has come to an end at four wins. The Owls fell to Marshall 36-31 in a wild 4th quarter that had four touchdowns. Chris Robinson had over 300 yards passsing but had no scores and hovered around a 50 percent completion rate.

Next, the Owls will face Old Dominion on the road then head to first-place Western Kentucky.

Honorable Mention- Florida A&M- It is not often that we cover the FCS here at F.F.I. After another disappointing week of football, though, it is good to acknowledge some of the good.

The Rattlers seem to be the only team in Tallahassee playing good football at the moment and for the first time in 10 years, cracked the FCS rankings.

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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