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Trent Baalke Officially Named the New GM of the Jaguars

The Jaguars made it official on Thursday morning, naming former 49ers GM Trent Baalke as their new General Manager.

Baalke comes to the team after serving as Niners GM from 2011 to 2016. With Baalke as general manager the Niners were 51-44-1.

He was named interim GM for Dave Caldwell, who was canned by the Jaguars in January.

“Trent Baalke has had success at virtually every level of football, notably so as a General Manager who shrewdly and quickly built an NFL conference championship organization and team,” Jaguars owner Shad Khan said in a statement.

“That experience inspired us to recruit Trent to Jacksonville a year ago to serve as our director of player personnel and is one of the many reasons why we are naming Trent as the new General Manager of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Trent thoroughly knows the NFL and the dynamics of today’s game, has an exceptional eye for talent, and I know will have excellent chemistry with head coach Urban Meyer.”

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.

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