The Jaguars are sure that Brandon Linder is one of their five best offensive linemen. What they’re not sure of is where Linder fits best in what would be their best offensive line.
After two years of working at right guard, Linder moved to center last year and thinking he’d be there again this year, he spent time this offseason studying the likes of Alex Mack and Rodney Hudson.
Those study sessions may still come in handy, but based on what he’s been doing in OTAs so far this year it appears as though Linder will be heading back to guard for the 2017 season.
Nothing is set in stone yet, but Linder said his work at center has been limited to pre-practice snaps with the quarterbacks and some individual drill work while he has spent most of the team periods working at guard.
“I’ve been mostly at guard … so now I have to perfect my guard sets again and just get back to honing in on my guard techniques,’’ Linder said. “But that’s what OTAs are for.’’
Linder said he has no idea where he’ll be, whether it’s guard or center, once training camp rolls around, but you get the feeling the 2014 third-round pick out of Miami wouldn’t mind staying at center.
He said he reached a point last year where he felt like he was playing the position quite well, but he also understands the Jaguars desire to put the best five players on the field.
And there’s no doubt that’s the objective of former offensive line coach coach Doug Marrone, who has taken over as the Jags new head coach and has what some may consider to be a unique viewpoint on O-line construction.
Like most line coaches, Marrone agrees that developing good chemistry and continuity within the offensive line group is important, but he says those factors can both be overrated.
“We want to make sure we are in position to put the best guys out there and just let them compete and see who wins,’’ Marrone said. “Now, people will come back and say, ‘What about chemistry and continuity?’
“Listen, would you rather have good chemistry and stink or would you rather have less chemistry and be better? We are trying to be better, (so) we’ll see what we can do there.’’
Marrone makes a good point. The Jaguars O-line wasn’t very good last year and while Linder may have been the best part of it, it doesn’t hurt to see if the unit can be better with him somewhere else.
The good news is that Linder seems to be all-in on whatever plan the Jaguars decide to go with. Too bad the same cannot be said of Branden Albert, who continues to sulk over his contract and sit out.
Report- Jaguars to hire former Giants coach McAdoo as QB coach
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:
Ben McAdoo is being hired as the Jaguars quarterbacks coach, per source. The former Giants coach is back in after two years out of the NFL. McAdoo has worked well with Aaron Rodgers and Eli Manning in his previous stints.
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) February 12, 2020
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.
Jaguars president Lamping continued to defend two London games
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:
— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) February 6, 2020
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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