Get Your QB Early
There are legions of fans that warn about the damage that can be done by missing on a quarterback in the first round of the draft. Although the Ryan Leaf's, Cade McNown's and Joey Harrington's may have set their franchises back, all you have to do is look at the playoffs to see why drafting a signal caller early is the way to go. All four remaining quarterbacks in the NFL playoffs were first-round draft picks, and six of the final eight teams in this year's playoffs had starting quarterbacks that heard their name called in round one.
Although it can be a risky move to take a quarterback early, you will likely never reach the desired level of success waiting for the next Tom Brady to come around. The Jaguars are in a solid position drafting at 16th overall this year to possibly move up if there's a quarterback that they believe would fit their needs. Moving up may be their only option if there's a particular signal caller they target as teams such as Buffalo, Cincinnati, Arizona, Cleveland, San Francisco, Tennessee, Washington, Minnesota and Miami all select ahead of Jacksonville and all may be looking for quarterbacks.
No MJD in Hawaii
Despite being selected as a starter to this year's Pro Bowl team, Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew will instead have knee surgery and miss the game. Filling in for the Jaguars back will be Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson, who happens to be close friends with fellow Orlando native and Jaguars wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker.
David Garrard, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the NFL are suing Jacks Or Better Casino, Cruises to Nowhere and Mark Slotkin for using trademarked names and logos to advertise their casino boat, according to Fox Sports, Ben Maller. The Casino and others mentioned do not have the rights to use the quarterback's likeness or the team and league's logos, allege the lawyers.
Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver decided to retain Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio following the team's second consecutive end of the season collapse. With the somewhat controversial retention, the Jaguars assistant coaches contracts were not renewed, thus leaving most with one-year deals.
After flirting with and not getting the Denver Broncos head coaching gig, Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter will likely return to his post. Worried about losing defensive coordinator Mel Tucker to places such as San Diego or Dallas, Jacksonville owner Wayne Weaver decided to grant Tucker a one-year extension which would make his contract expire with Del Rio's in 2012. Tucker was granted play-calling duties for 2011 as Jack Del Rio called the defensive plays in 2010.
"I certainly can be a more effective head coach as somebody that's able to oversee the entire operation," Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio explained. "And I do trust Mel, and I do think he's ready to do that and lead us. He understands some of the core principles that I believe in. Much like we did with Mike Smith, when Mike first got here, I shared a lot of those responsibilities with him, and over time it was the right thing to allow him to do more and more."
The Jaguars defense finished 2010 ranked 28th overall and opposing quarterbacks had a passer rating of 98.5 against Jacksonville, ranking them 31st in the league.
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