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Jaguars QB Minshew posts about “Road Trip”

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The wildly entertaining rookie season of Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew has concluded on the field, however, the QB is still making everyone smile with what he’s up to off of the field, as well.

First, the Jaguars obviously responded to the rookie sixth-round pick out of Washington State coming off the bench due to injury to Nick Foles. He led them to four early-season wins and a 4-4 record, which had them on the fringe of the AFC playoff picture. But, as you probably know by now, Foles was returned to the lineup after the Jaguars bye week and faltered badly in their next three games.

All of those were losses and the Jags playoff hopes were all but dashed.

Still, coach Doug Marrone made the gutsy move to go back to Minshew as the starter, as he had inspired North Florida with his efficient play and of course his “Minshew Mania” mustache. There was even a home game with a Jaguars handed out about 30,000 of those play mustaches to fans.

Now, on Monday afternoon, in something right out of a Will Ferrell movie, Minshew announced on social media that he would be traveling the United States in the offseason on an RV.

Take a look at his post:

It’s obviously another way that he’s endeared himself not only to his teammates, but to the fan base in Jacksonville.

Minshew’s rookie numbers were good, as he tallied just over 3,200 yards passing with 21 TDs and only 6 INTs for a QB rating of 91.2.

And, the rookie vindicated Marrone’s decision, as he led Jacksonville to to late-season wins. That included a dramatic fourth-quarter victory in the final game at the Oakland Coliseum, where he threw the game-winning touchdown pass against the Raiders with less than 30 seconds left.

Who knows what Jacksonville will do now that they’ve retained Marrone and GM Dave Caldwell, but still owe Foles more than $20 million guaranteed over the next two seasons and his cap hit is a staggering $33 million, if he’s released during this league year.

So, it is fair to say that at minimum it will be a competition between Minshew vs. the high price veteran. But, that’s a question for later this fall.

For now, we’re conjuring up remembrances of comedian Tom Green’s 1990s movie “Road Trip” and whether Minshew is making a sequel??

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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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