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Jaguars QB Minshew was styling for NFL Network Wednesday

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“Minshew Mania” continues to rage on in North Florida and the Jaguars rookie quarterback took to NFL Network Wednesday morning to talk about his wardrobe plans for later this week.

Appearing on the popular “Good Morning Football” program, Gardner Minshew briefly and hilariously discussed his wardrobe plans for Halloween and the Jaguars upcoming trip this weekend to London to play the Texans:

Sporting a Burt Reynolds shirt from the 1970s series of movies, “Smokey and the Bandit,” as well as a Tarzan headband, the rookie quarterback out of Washington State demonstrated yet again, why not only fans but his own locker room, are both gravitating towards he and his play.

When host Peter Schrager asked what Minshew planned to wear Thursday for Halloween, he replied,

“Goin’ to London, I was hoping to get to wear Halloween costumes, since we’re traveling on Halloween. I have an awesome ‘White Goodman’ (character) costume from ‘Dodgeball,’ but I’m afraid it’s not going to be able to make the trip unfortunately.”

Despite all the seeming silliness with Minshew’s persona and attire, the results have been more than the Jaguars could have ever envisioned when the 6th round pick took over for the injured Nick Foles. Minshew has led them to four victories in the last 6 games with a 98.8 quarterback rating and a tremendous 13 – 2 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

Minshew was tremendous in Sunday’s win over the Jets where he threw for 279 yards and three scores, including a 70 yd laser pass to speedy Chris Conley for the Jaguars second touchdown of the day.

As we wrote coming off the weekend, the Jaguars look to have Foles back healthy soon off of his broken left collarbone. But, if they are victorious in London this weekend against Houston with Minshew playing well, it would be foolish to take the rookie out.

His persona and his play have both spoken for themselves, and Jacksonville is exceeding any expectation that anybody had when Foles got hurt in the first quarter of game one.

London has hosted the Jaguars regularly for the last few years come to play games, but it would be the first time that in “Minshew Mania” invades. And, we’ll wait to see what’s next in his wardrobe.

However it’s a bigger deal the way he’s played and to see if it will continue in a key AFC South rematch with the Texans.

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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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