Re: Jacksonville Jaguars 2013 Thread
Well, we are on the verge of the NFL season. In March we were far and away the worst team in the NFL. We had the worst record and then we cut half the team. I have almost a sense of satisfaction in that. This was it. This was rock bottom.
And now we start the road back.
Owner: We have a new owner in Shad Khan. You really should read the Forbes article if you haven't. It was very interesting. I think in 3 or 4 years Khan will be one of the top 2 or 3 "name" owners in the league.
He absolutely wants to make the Jags a big name nationally/internationally. He's signed us up to be the London Home team for the next 4 years. And the Jags are making a big push there. They have a UK based fan club called the Union Jax that now has over 10,000 members.
He's pouring his money into the Jacksonville Stadium. He's spent over 10 million making the locker room and weight room the best in the NFL. He's upgraded the sound system, and next season the Jags will have the worlds largest scoreboards.
He's changed the logo, the helmets and the uniforms.
He made the right moves on the football side. The former owner had a ton of faith in the GM and extended him right before he sale. That GM said they were on the verge, instead they went 2-14. And so he made a change to one of the hottest (if not the hottest) upcoming GM candidates and gave him full reign.
GM Dave Caldwell - This was Khans first choice. He was interviewing Caldwell in Atlanta 5 hours after he fired GM Smith. On the day of his hiring Caldwell basically announced that Tim Tebow was never coming here. Establishing a few things in addition. This was not a guy afraid to make decisions.
We thought he was going to hire his buddy as Head Coach, but instead he went with Gus Bradley. He took a 2-14 roster and started cutting guys left and right. In the draft, he said they were going after speed guys and after drafting the consensus #1 player in Luke Joeckel, all the rest of the picks were speed guys.
A safety at 2, a CB at 3, WR at 4, a "speed weapon" (Denard Robinson) at 5, a safety at 6 and 2 CB's with 2 7th rounders. They didn't like any of the QB's even though they had plenty of chances to get one.
They dipped sparingly into free agency, getting solid starters and not flashy expensive talent. In future years the Jags will have plenty of money.
Head Coach Gus Bradley: Bradley was contacted by several teams including SD and Cleveland but he didn't like the fit. He was the Eagles 2nd choice after Chip Kelly and it seemed like he was a shoe-in there. But the Eagles waited over night (probably because the Kelly talks were back on), and the Jags sent a plane to Philly to bring Bradley to Jax.
Once he met with Caldwell, the 2 meshed instantly and Bradley and Khan did as well. Hafway thru the day Bradley was sure Jax was the job he wanted, and since Kelly signed with Philly, everyone got what they wanted.
Bradley pretty much cleaned house on the assistants. 16 of the 18 are new. The Jags had been incredibly boring and vanilla on offense the last few years. The new offensive coordinator is from U of Miami but also has a ton of pro experience including a year at Seattle with Gus. He talks a good game about opening up the offense.
Bradley is uber-enthusiastic. And preaches that they will continually get better. In the first pre-season game the Jags pretty much stunk it up. But guess what? They looked a little bit better every game.
So...it's long road back. But watch out. We're on the way
Last edited by JaxRed; 09-01-2013 at 02:36 PM.