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Omameh’s days as Jaguars starting left guard may be numbered

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With the exception of rookie Cam Robinson, who has taken over at left tackle, the Jacksonville Jaguars have been working the same players at the same positions along their offensive line as they did a year ago.

That may not be the case for much longer.

After a horrid outing against the Buccaneers both in practices and in the preseason game last week, Patrick Omameh has lost whatever kind of a hold he might have previously had on the starting left guard job.

Coach Doug Marrone made that clear on Monday, when he compared the situation he now has at left guard to the situation he has at quarterback, where the competition for the starter’s job is suddenly wide open.

“Coming off that last game, it’s not good enough, not what we’re looking for,’’ Marrone said of Omameh’s play at left guard. “So we’ve been rotating some players (there).

“It’s the same type of situation (as at quarterback where Blake Bortles is being challenged for starters reps by Chad Henne). We’re trying to find someone who will go in there and take the position.’’

Luke Joeckel took the position last year, but the Jaguars wound up handing it to Omameh after Joeckel had to be placed on injured reserve with a left knee injury in early October.

Omameh actually fared rather well a year ago, particular as a pass protector, before going down with a season-ending left foot injury and having to be placed on IR himself after seven starts.

Omameh performed well enough, in fact, to further solidify the Jaguars decision to move on from Joeckel, who signed with the Seahawks in free agency, and he arrived at camp last month as the likely starter.

So far, though, Omameh has been very inconsistent both in camp drills and in preseason games, playing rather well against a bunch of Patriots backups in Week 1 but struggling against the Bucs starters in Week 2.

The situation has some wondering if the Jaguars will consider moving their best lineman, center Brandon Linder, back to left guard, but that seems like it could be a last resort.

Right now, Luke Bowanko is among those getting work there, but Bowanko can play center, too, so it’s possible Bowanko could move to replace Linder in the middle so that middle can fill the hole at guard.

That may seem like a drastic move, but keep in mind that the Jaguars are determined to become a power-rush-oriented team on offense this year and their current alignment isn’t allowing them to do that.

It didn’t against the Bucs anyway. Granted, they didn’t have Leonard Fournette in the game but the likes of Corey Grant, Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon ran 20 times for just 57 yards against Tampa Bay.

Roy Cummings is a native of Chicago, Illinois who grew up in the suburb of Lombard. He and his family later moved to Lakeland, Florida, where Roy attended high school at Kathleen High. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications in 1983 and immediately went to work for the Tampa Tribune. After five years working in a Polk County bureau covering everything from high school sports to college football to the Orlando Magic of the NBA, Roy moved back to Tampa and became the Tribune's first beat writer for the Tampa Bay Lightning, covering the team from its inception through the first eight years on the ice. He was then moved to the Buccaneers beat, where he stayed until the paper was folded in May, 2016. A two-time Florida Sports Writer of the Year, Roy has extensive experience covering all Tampa professional sports teams, including the Tampa Bay Rays.

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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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