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Update on Jaguars Texans home game flip flop scenario

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As the aftermath of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey and it’s massive rainfall in the Houston area and continued flooding goes on, football is obviously secondary.

The Texans themselves returned home for the first time Wednesday afternoon after having been gone last week both practicing and then playing a preseason game in New Orleans and then, coming straight to Dallas. There, they had been practicing and intending to play their preseason “home” game in Arlington on Thursday night.

The Texans and the NFL announced Wednesday that game was cancelled. This so, the players and staff that have not been home can tend to their families and situations with the devastation all around.

The league is still trying to decide what to do about Houston’s September 10th home opener at NRG Stadium with the Jaguars, and as we wrote Wednesday morning, there is strong likely hood it will be moved to somewhere.

However, we wrote, incorrectly, in our item that the Bryan Adams concert scheduled for Saturday night September 9th is not actually inside Everbank Field. And more importantly, it’s not using the playing surface for the concert.

He is actually playing the concert at an adjacent amphitheater that night. Our sloppy mistake. Apologies.

Therefore, the Jaguars can obviously accommodate the NFL and the Texans, if they choose to move the game in 10 days and swap out the Jags December home game to Houston. And owner Shad Khan publicly announced Wednesday afternoon that they are willing to help and play the game where ever needed September 10th.

That seems to be the most logical move, but there are scheduling concerns early and late in the year, too. The “flip flop” would mean Jacksonville would play their first three regular season games at home and equally, their final three regular season games on the road.

We’ll wait to see what the NFL and Texans decide.

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    ravishingrute

    September 1, 2017 at 6:21 am

    Game # 3 vs. Baltimore is in London. Yes, the league in all of its greed, insanity, and insensitivity toward the fans, who provide the financial support, classifies it inappropriately as a home game. The last time I checked. London, England is not within driving distance of Duval County, Florida. NFL, just flip flop the games already and let Houston focus on the initial stages of a decade or maybe even decades long rebuild. To all Florida residents, pray we don’t get one of those horrible things. Last year was bad enough.

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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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