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Report-Jaguars told week one game is staying in Houston

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With preparations for week one in the NFL getting going already on “Labor Day,” the league has apparently made a decision on where the Texans vs. Jaguars opening game will be played. And the answer is……it’s staying in flood ravaged Houston.

The first report of the league’s intentions was made Monday afternoon by local Jacksonville TV and radio host Brent Martineau

As he tweeted, Martineau found out from a Jaguars source, who has knowledge that the league confirmed to Jacksonville to be ready to travel as scheduled this weekend to Southeast Texas. This, as opposed to, the Jaguars hosting the week one showdown at Everbank Field and “flip-flopping” with the Texans for the Jacksonville home game in December.

As of early Monday afternoon, the NFL had not confirmed or denied the report. However, it’s common sense that, if the game was being moved to Jacksonville, they would have likely told the Jags by today. This, to have them readying the stadium, notifying ticket holders and getting ready for a home game, when one was not expected.

We at F.F.I., are still dubious about the league playing  in Houston, while tens of thousands of residents will remain displaced this week/weekend. And, tens of thousands of more have already begun returning to see their homes and possessions are ruined and their lives changed forever.

The Astros did return to Houston and play the New York Mets in a doubleheader Saturday and a Sunday home game. And, there has been some criticism voiced about MLB coming into the area to play Astro home games with devastation and evacuation still all around.

The Texans home game is obviously a week later, but it isn’t going to be significantly better in the flooded out areas for weeks to come.

So, clearly, the league is taking everything into account on the decision to play in Houston on September 10th instead of swapping with Jacksonville. But, it still seems that playing, for example in nearby San Antonio, which wasn’t really affected by Hurricane Harvey’s storm/rainfall, would be a better alternative.

That way, fans who have tickets can go, but you don’t look like you are insensitive for playing right in the middle of where the storm damaged greatly and they are not even really beginning recovery.

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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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