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Jaguars To Speak Friday to Urban Meyer About Head Coaching Job

The coach that is the apple of the Jaguars eyes will be in town today, as Urban Meyer will sit down with the Jags about their open coaching position.

NFL Network states no deal is set to happen right away, and that other candidates will still speak to the Jags about the opening before making a decision.

Meyer’s name has been bantered about since the moment Doug Marrone was dismissed, and with the former Ohio State and Florida coach could come a price tag that could pay him up to $12 mil a year.

The coach has three national titles to his name with a 187–32 record as head coach, and a 12-3 mark in 15 bowl games.

Meyer walked away from the Buckeyes two seasons ago, and since that time has been an analyst for Fox Sports, appearing weekly on Fox’s Big Noon Kickoff pre-game show.

If the coach does take the job he’ll be getting the first overall pick with it, and that could very well be Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who declared for the draft earlier this week.

Jaguars Fire Head Coach Doug Marrone

The Jaguars made it official on Monday morning, a day after wrapping up a 1-15 season that head coach Doug Marrone would not be back for the 2021 season.

“I am committed and determined to deliver winning football to the City of Jacksonville,” Jaguars owner Shad Khan said in a statement.

“Realizing that goal requires a fresh start throughout our football operations, and with that in mind I spoke this morning with Doug Marrone to express my gratitude for his hard work over the past four seasons as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“I’ll always appreciate Doug’s passion, grit and class, and I’m confident he will enjoy success in the next chapter of his career. As the search for our new general manager continues, now the quest begins to find a head coach who shares my ambition for the Jacksonville Jaguars and our fans, whose loyalty and faith are overdue to be rewarded.”

The 56-year-old Marrone was an interim head coach for the Jags the last two games of the 2016 season, and in 2017 led the team to a run to the AFC Title game, where they led the Patriots before falling in the end.

In four-plus seasons as the Jags head coach Marrone went 23-43.

Mike Glennon to Start Season Finale for Jaguars at QB

Jags coach Doug Marrone has announced that Mike Glennon will start Week 17 in the Jaguars season finale against the AFC South rival the Indianapolis Colts.

The Colts are the only team that the Jags have beaten in 2020, the win coming in week one.

Glennon looked solid in going 24-of-37 passes for 211 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in the Jaguars’ 41-17 loss to the Bears.

He’s thrown three touchdowns and five interceptions over his last three starts. The Jaguars have already secured the first pick in next year’s draft and could knock the Colts out of playoff contention with a victory.

Jaguars to Start Gardner Minshew II Sunday Against Baltimore

The Jaguars are going back to Gardner Minshew II as their starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens it was announced Monday.

In eight games this season (7 starts) the Jaguars are `1-6, and Minshew has thrown for 2033 yards with 14 touchdowns and five interceptions.

Jake Luton has started three games for the Jags, Mike Glennon had started the last three games, all of which have been losses.

Video: NFL Week 11 Game Preview – 1-8 Jaguars Host the 9-0 Steelers

The Jags have lost eight in a row, and this Sunday the task gets no easier, as the team will play host to Big Ben Roethlisberger and the 9-0 Pittsburgh Steelers.

Here’s the official game preview for the week 11 game from NFL.com.

WR DJ Chark Among the Jaguars Inactives Against the Dolphins

The Jaguars will be minus one of their big playmakers for Thursday’s showdown with Miami, as the team has announced wide receiver DJ Chark is out for the game with chest and back injuries.

Taking Chark’s place is expected to be Keelan Cole.

The complete Jaguars list of inactives include:

Quarterback Jake Luton
Cornerback Josiah Scott
Cornerback Luq Barcoo
Defensive lineman Doug Costin
Center Brandon Linder
Wide Receiver DJ Chark

Rookie Brandon Wright will handle the kicking duties against Miami, as Josh Lambo (hip) is on injured reserve,

Tyler Shatley will start for Linder.

The Dolphins already had ruled out cornerback Byron Jones (groin, Achilles). Safety Clayton Fejedelem, who was doubtful with a pectoral injury, also is inactive.

Here’s the Dolphins list of inactives:

Running back/receiver Malcolm Perry
Receiver Lynn Bowden Jr.,
Defensive end Jason Strowbridge
Offensive tackle Adam Pankey
Cornerback Byron Jones
Safety Clayton Fejedele

Receiver DeVante Parker will play in the Thursday night affair.

Jaguars to Go With Rookie Kicker Against Dolphins, Lambo Placed on IR

The Jaguars are placing kicker Josh Lambo on injured reserve with a left hip injury and will use a rookie kicker in Thursday’s game against the Miami Dolphins, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.

Center Brandon Linder also will miss Thursday’s game because of a knee injury he suffered in Sunday’s loss to Tennessee. Receiver DJ Chark is questionable with a chest/back injury.

The Dolphins, meanwhile, ruled out starting cornerback Byron Jones with groin/Achilles injuries.

Lambo will miss at least three games while on injured reserve, leaving undrafted rookie Brandon Wright, who played at Georgia State, to take his place.

Lambo, who has made 95% of his field goal attempts in four seasons with the Jaguars, had made all three of his field goal attempts and was 6-of-7 on PATs in the first two games this season.

Jaguars Have to Quickly Turn the Page from Tennessee to Miami Thursday Night

There may be nothing more frustrating in football than allowing a team to get a big lead on you, coming back, and then just not finishing and losing the game in the final seconds.

That’s exactly what happened to the Jaguars on Sunday in Tennessee, as they put up a great fight against the Titans, only to lose when Stephen Gostkowski nailed a 49-yard field goal with 1:36 to play in a Tennessee 33-30 win.

The Jags had deficits of 14-0, 21-7, 24-10, and 30-17 before tying the game at 30 when Chris Thompson went in from 14 yards out from a pass from QB Gardner Minshew II with 7:25 to play.

While Sunday was disappointing, the Jags must quickly turn the page as they will have just one practice this week as they get set for a Thursday night showdown at home with the Miami Dolphins, who are 0-2.

The Jags are early three-point favorites to get to 2-1 on Thursday, but can’t take the Dolphins, whose two losses were against the Patriots and Bills lightly.

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Minshew has played well in his first two starts of 2020, and yesterday he was good in leading a comeback to get the game at 30-30.

He’s got to be careful though with the ball, as the interception he threw with :51 seconds left at the Jaguars 39 put the game out of reach for Jacksonville.

It was his second pick of the day, and if the Jaguars want to avoid having a letdown to the Dolphins, they cannot afford to put the ball on the ground or give Miami easy turnovers.

The best way for the Jaguars to assert themselves in their Thursday night showdown is to get an early lead and lean on that run game.

The Jaguars ran for 165 yards in the three-point loss Sunday, and once again they got a solid game from James Robinson, who went for 102 yards on 16 carries.

The team managed 6.1 yards per carry running the ball, a great number that if they could duplicate it they can likely look at a win over the Dolphins.

The key though will be on a short week not to give Miami plenty of chances with short fields and turnovers.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, the signal caller for the Fins, is a solid veteran quarterback who knows how to win, and the Jaguars have to put pressure on him.

It should be a good night Thursday in Jacksonville, but don’t discount the Fins so easy as the Jaguars look to make it a 2-1 start in 2020.

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