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Jaguars place DT Dareus on IR- rule out three LBs for Sunday

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As the Jaguars get sent to try to even up their record at 4 – 4 Sunday at TIAA Bank Field, they’re dealing with several key injuries for their battle with the Jets.

First, on Friday morning the team announced that defensive tackle Marcell Dareus has been placed on injured reserve due to surgery for a core muscle injury:

Hope is the Dareus could return in a month, or perhaps at some point in December, to help the team for the stretch run. As a corresponding roster move veteran Akeem Spence was signed on Friday. Spence is in his seventh season and was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And, he has also played for the Dolphins and most recently, the Lions before being released.

The Jaguars also made it official that they will be without three of their linebackers with various injuries. Leon Jacobs will miss Sunday’s game with a hamstring, Najee Goode is out with a toe injury and rookie Quincy Williams also will miss the New York game with a hamstring.

As we wrote previously, the team signed former Super Bowl MVP linebacker Malcolm Smith, who has not played this season after being released with the San Francisco 49ers.

Smith was the Super Bowl 48 MVP with the Seattle Seahawks playing for them from 2011-14. He was later traded to the Oakland Raiders, where he played for two seasons 2015 – 16. He registered 100+ tackles in both of those years.

Smith left as a free agent, but tore a pectoral muscle and never played in the regular season in 2017 with the San Francisco. He played with limited success last year, but went unsigned.

It’s unclear how much Smith will be able to play on Sunday, but it may be that he’ll see significant time because of all of the injuries at linebacker.

Marrone also did not rule out the possibility that injured wide receiver Dede Westbrook can play on Sunday. Westbrook, who is suffering from neck and shoulder injuries coming off of last week’s game with Cincinnati, has been limited in practice but is officially listed as questionable.

If he cannot go that it will open up things more for receivers Chris Conley and Keelan Cole to compliment DJ chark

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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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