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Jaguars season fizzled out in another loss at Tennessee

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As the clock wound down Sunday night in Nashville, the Jacksonville Jaguars hope to turn their season around and potentially get back in the playoff race in 2019 was extinguished, likely for good.

For the third consecutive time in Nashville and for the third straight game this season, the Jaguars looked awful against their opponent. This time in a 42-20 loss that wasn’t that close.
Once again, running back Derrick Henry did whatever he wanted against Jacksonville’s defense, including an 74 yard touchdown run that broke the game open at 21-3. Henry would finish with 159 yards, as the Titans built a 35 – 3 lead after three quarters and never looked back.

Former Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill also ran for two scores, threw a goal-line touchdown pass to offensive lineman Dennis Kelly and later a 65 yard catch and run TD to rookie WR A.J. Brown. Tennessee has now won four of five games since the former Dolphins QB took over.

Meanwhile, the larger question for Jacksonville to answer is: what happened to the team that hit at least put itself in position at the beginning of November to contend?

First they went to London to rematch the Texans and rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew, who had been playing so well, played poorly with four fourth quarter turnovers and the Texans blew them out 26 – 3.

Coach Doug Marrone been elected to go back to free agent signing Nick Foles, who was finally healthy after a week one broken collarbone. But, Foles has been mostly ineffective the previous two games, as Indianapolis and Tennessee have beaten the Jaguars by a combined score of 75 – 33.

And then there’s the Jacksonville defense, which has been their trademark. Yes, the team traded away Pro Bowl DB Jalen Ramsey before the deadline and they’ve had some injuries, including Calais Campbell trying to play through a bad back. However, once again they gave up over 200 yards rushing in these three straight losses.

There is much media speculation in North Florida that Marrone may announce, as soon as Monday, coaching staff changes and he may fire defensive coordinator, Todd Wash.

Marrone showed a history of this, including last year as the offense completely fizzled out and Marrone fired coordinator Nathaniel Hackett in November with a few games remaining.

No matter the “coaching shuffle,” the reality is Jacksonville was in the hunt at 4 – 4 but three games later. all against division opponents, they look like a team that could lose out as well.

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Jaguars DE Yannick Ngakoue hinting he’s gone again?

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One of the key free-agent questions for the Jaguars continues to be whether or not they’re going to allow their best pass rusher, Yannick Ngakoue, to test the free-agent market coming up? And, once again, the player may be giving a clue that he’s going to do just that.

Ngakoue tweeted Wednesday morning the following phrase, which seems to indicate, yet again, that he will be playing somewhere else in 2020:

This goes along with something that we wrote earlier in January. That’s when just a couple of days after the season Ngakoue posted essentially a goodbye message to Jaguar fans. This came on the heels of him having held out for a new contract for the first few days of training camp last August, but not receiving a new deal during the season, etc.

Ngakoue, whose 37.5 career sacks are the most by a Jaguars player after 63 career games, is sure to be a sought-after player from many different teams. GM Dave Caldwell said at the end of the season when asked about re-sgning his star pass rusher, “He is a tremendous player and even a better person. How he handled his business this year was tremendous. But, I would say that’s priority No. 1, to make sure he comes back to Jacksonville. Hopefully, we can get that done. ″

It’s also worth noting that at Tuesday’s NFL Scouting Combine at media availability in Indianapolis, coach Doug Marrone repeated that he wants Ngakoue to remain in Jaguars teal and white:

However, it remains to be seen if Marrone and Caldwell are willing to “pony up” huge money for him or even potentially,  put the franchise tag on him before free agency begins next month?

Ngakoue figures to want a contract close to what the top ends are getting paid right now. Demarcus Lawrence and Frank Clark both signed five-year, over $100 million deals in 2019 and received guaranteed money that exceeded $62 million. That is massive for Jacksonville.

If the Jags opt for the “franchise tag,” then the talented end will be making around $19 million dollars, which is the current average of the top five players at his position. The Jaguars could also put the tag on him and then work on a longer term, salary cap friendly, deal that would replace the tag later in the off season.

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Jaguars confirm they are declining option on DT Dareus

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At Tuesday’s media session at the NFL Scouting Combine, Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell made official what had been rumored for the last couple of days regarding defensive tackle Marcell Dareus: he will not be brought back for a fourth season in Jacksonville.

Caldwell was a specifically asked about Dareus’ status and gave a quick answer is part of his Q&A session:

Dareus only played briefly in 2019, as he suffered a core muscle injury that sidelined him after only six games and he was placed on injured reserve. The former number one pick of the Buffalo Bills had played for coach Doug Marrone for a couple of seasons in Western New York.

Marrone and Caldwell traded for Dareus during the 2017 season and he helped them with their rise to the AFC South title and two playoff wins. This included Darius registering two sacks and four other tackles-for-loss in the Jaguars three playoff games that year.

Dareus made the Pro Bowl twice in Buffalo in 2013-14.

However, he has not lived up to his hefty contract that was reworked Jacksonville last February. Last season, Dareus made over $8 million dollars and the team would have been on the hook for $20 million this year had they picked up the option. That obviously wasn’t going to happen.

Dareus also has had legal troubles off the field, including a civil suit against him in Tampa for alleged sexual misconduct. As we wrote previously, a woman alleged that Dareus had sexually assaulted her in January of 2018 at a North Tampa Florida home, while Dareus was in town for the Alabama-Clemson College Football Playoff Championship Game.

However, that suit filed in Hillsborough County court was “dismissed with prejudice” last April, which means it cannot be re-filed.

Dareus, if healthy after the core muscle injury rehab, may have some value as a defensive tackle on the free agent market.

As for the Jaguars, they have former #1 pick defensive tackle Taven Bryan to play more in the middle and are trying to decide if free agent-to-be, DE Yannick Ngakoue, can be afforded for their 2020 salary cap?

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