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Another Mock Offseason

I have put together a bunch of different mocks so far, be it total offseasons or my "Bunch of Mocks". What I do not feel like I have done is put together a mock that I actually find to be realistic. What I mean by that is I have for the most part either thrown together mocks for the hell of it or actually put together what I would like to see; what I intend to do here is put together a mock that is not super flashy and/or super optimistic about top free agents coming to Jacksonville or certain players falling far in the draft.

PHASE #1: Front Office & Coaches

  • General Manager: There are many good candidates likely to be available for the job. While I do think that he might be among the top candidates available, and as such might be sought after by more "prestigious" teams, I think that Tom Gamble is a very real possibility for the position of GM of the Jacksonville Jaguars. First of all, Shad Khan is a smart man and will likely strongly consider the recommendations he has received with regard to Gamble. Additionally, I think that independent of those recommendations, Gamble's track record speaks for itself. In the end, I do think that Khan's desire to win and while purely speculation, willingness to blow this up and give Gamble "carte blanche" as GM will be quite appealing to Gamble and could be the clincher in getting him to come to Jacksonville.
  • Head Coach: Now having Gamble as GM, I figured it might be advantageous to look into Gamble's history in terms of organizations he has worked with. I thought this might give insight into people he is familiar with, and as a result who among them might be early favorites for the head coaching spot. What I discovered was that while in Indy as a scout, and currently in San Francisco, Vic Fangio has been DC at some point for the team. If only for that reason, let's slot him in as the new HC of the Jaguars. He has a lot of coaching experience, and I would say is deserving of a shot at the HC spot; additionally, I think that working these last couple of years under Jim Harbaugh should be a great thing, in that I think that Harbaugh is a masterful head coach who I think really exemplifies what a team wants from a head coach.
  • Coordinators: As I did with Gamble, I looked to see who Fangio has worked with. What I concluded was that I am not so sure Fangio will find his coordinators so easily among people he has worked with previously; from what I have gathered, most the guys he has spent numerous years with are either out of coaching or currently is the OC of the 49ers. For that reason, I am going to perhaps be somewhat "unrealistic" in these projections.
    • Offensive Coordinator: It might be best to consider the 49er QB coach for the position if only because he works directly under, Greg Roman who has worked extensively with Fangio in the past as well as the fact that Alex Smith and Kaepernick seem to have done well with him as their position coach. In terms of the names I came up with that have been in the same organization as Fangio in the past are Hue Jackson and Cam Cameron who were in Baltimore in 2008-2009. In the end, as a defensive-minded guy who I can only assume in practice experiences the benefits of "spread" and "pistol" concepts in an offense these days, Fangio will look for a highly qualified offensive mind who will be innovative and effective inserting those concepts into a scheme. Everything considered, I think that Fangio could choose to take Geep Chryst, the 49er QB coach, with him; between the reasons stated above, as well as the fact that he has was OC in SD from 1999-2000(where he implemented the no-huddle offense), Chryst seems like a great choice to lead and revitalize this Jaguar offense.
    • Defensive Coordinator: If Fangio was to become head coach, am unsure if he would look to also be the DC of the team. Assuming that he wouldn't, the names I would throw out there as potential DCs are the two guys who were DC in Baltimore while Fangio was there from 2006-2009. Rex Ryan is obviously a brilliant defensive mind who very likely will be out of a job within the coming days or weeks. As much as I like him and would love to name him as the new DC, I just feel like he is going to look for the premier cities and will not want to go to Jacksonville. Personally, I would keep my eye on the Eagles as a landing spot for Ryan. The other guy I considered is Greg Mattison. As I look into his history, he actually seems like a pretty solid candidate. It also helps that as far as I can tell, he just finished up a 2 year contract to be DC for Michigan, where he turned a bad defense into a pretty good one.
    • Special Teams Coordinator: Your guess is as good as mine.

So what does putting this GM & coaching staff together mean? In the GM, we have a guy who worked for the Colts under Polian, but more importantly has been in the front office as the 49ers have rebuilt and become one of the best teams in the NFL. We can only assume Gamble might look to follow as closely as possible to the path the 49ers took to the upper tier of the NFL. Bringing the coaching staff into consideration as well, I would expect Gamble to look to immediately build up the front 7 for what I can only assume will be a 3-4 defense. As for the offense, I would expect the line to be addressed immediately, and scheme wise, I would anticipate an innovative scheme that will be able to fit the strengths of this team, kind of how the 49er scheme has been tailored to the QB.

PHASE #2: Roster Management

1)Italics denote free agents(if I miss any, I do apologize)

2) Keep or not keep only means for the group coming into camp. Some guys I prefer not to see stay, but I think deserve a shot in camp.

BRING BACK

DON'T BRING BACK

QB



Chad Henne

X


Jordan Palmer


X

Blaine Gabbert

X


John Parker Wilson


X



RB



Jonathan Grimes


X

Greg Jones


X

Maurice Jones-Drew

X


Richard Murphy

X


Montell Owens

X


Keith Toston


X

Brock Bolen


X

Jordan Todman


X

Jalen Parmele


X

Rashad Jennings


X

Will Taʻufoʻou


X



WR



Justin Blackmon

X


Mike Brown

X


Toney Clemons


X

Jerrell Jackson


X

Jordan Shipley


X

Taylor Price


X

Laurent Robinson

X


Cecil Shorts

X


Brittan Golden


X



TE



Marcedes Lewis

X


Zach Potter


X

Allen Reisner


X

Isaiah Stanback


X

Matt Veldman

X


Brett Brackett

X




OL



Mark Asper


X

Cam Bradfield


X

Eben Britton


X

Brad Meester


X

Eugene Monroe

X


Uche Nwaneri

X


Austin Pasztor

X


Steve Vallos


X

Guy Whimper


X

Jason Spitz


X

Mike Brewster

X


John Estes


X

Drew Nowak

X


Will Rackley

X


Andrew Mitchell


X

Tommie Draheim


X



DL



Tyson Alualu

X


Jason Babin


X

John Chick


X

Terrance Knighton


X

Austen Lane

X


Jeremy Mincey

X


C.J. Mosley

X


Jeris Pendleton

X


George Selvie


X

D'Anthony Smith


X

Andre Branch

X


Ryan Davis


X

Jerome Long


X




LB



Russell Allen

X


Kyle Bosworth


X

Brandon Marshall

X


Paul Posluszny

X


Daryl Smith


X

Julian Stanford

X


Greg Jones


X



DB



Antwon Blake

X


Derek Cox


X

Mike Harris

X


Dawan Landry

X


Rashean Mathis


X

Antwaun Molden


X

Chris Prosinski


X

Aaron Ross


X

Kevin Rutland


X

Dwight Lowery

X


Williams Middleton


X

Curtis Holcomb


X

Brandon King


X

Antonio Dennard

X




ST



Bryan Anger

X


Jeremy Cain

X


Josh Scobee

X


So for those who don't want to count, I have 36 "Bring Back" and 47 "Don't Bring Back".

Also, I am not projecting trades so let it be known that I have the Jaguars bringing back the following players, I would actively look to move them in a trade:

  • Paul Posluszny - moving to a 3-4, and him seeming not to really like playing in it, I would be courteous and see if there is a trade that makes sense for all parties involved.
  • Maurice Jones-Drew - MJD has one year left on his deal and has had a lot of wear and tear over the last few years when healthy. I believe it makes sense to look to trade him to a team that is more in the "win now" mode.
  • Jeremy Mincey - underwhelming season aside, despite me thinking Mincey might be a fairly effective DE in the 3-4, I am thinking that at his current cost, there very well could be a 4-3 team out there intrigued enough with his 2011 season that they might be willing to give up a mid-to-late round draft choice for him; if that is the case, I would jump on it in a heartbeat.
  • Laurent Robinson - if he chooses to return and keep on playing, I would try my hardest to rid this team of his contract. I think he can still be a contributor but at the cost, it is not worth what I think he can give this team.

PHASE #3: Free Agency

Part 1: Re-sign Free Agents: If you noticed above, I put all free agents in the "Don't Bring Back" class. The truth of the matter is that I think every single one of the free agents should be allowed to hit the open market, and if the price is too high for the Jaguars, just let them go. However, I feel this way only for the following free agents

  • Derek Cox - I have made my opinion known, and I will briefly say it again. Cox is an injury-prone player and not good enough to warrant a franchise tag at the $10 million price tag. (I venture to say he ends up back on the Jaguars at a suitable cost)
  • Daryl Smith - very good player but he is on the wrong side of 30 and similar to MJD< some team in the "win now" mode probably would value him more than this Jaguar team which is switching defensive schemes and is looking to rebuild.(I don't think he is back as a Jaguar)
  • John Chick - not much to say about him. I think he will be back and having him on the "don't bring back" was more a formality since all FA went there.
  • Terrance Knighton - I give him a one year deal to prove his worth as a potential NT in the 3-4. I go no longer on years, and might be willing to go slightly above market value for him if only because it is a one year deal.(Probably comes back)
  • John Estes - With me definitely ready to move on from Meester, I think that bringing back a guy like Estes and the right price is a wise move.
  • Jordan Shipley - I did not expect to be as impressed with Shipley as I have been. He seems like an excellent depth-WR for this team.
  • Greg Jones - While I would not be opposed to just moving on completely from Jones as I think that perhaps a more versatile FB/TE type could be found, on a short terms deal at the right price, I just feel like he could be a worthwhile retention.(probably back)

Part 2: Other Free Agents

  • Sebastian Vollmer - I think that Khan and Gamble have a fairly aggressive approach to Free Agency this year and look to spend significant money. Gamble is going to want to improve the offensive line, and RT is the primary position of need. Therefore I think that going after Vollmer, perhaps the best available RT on the market is logical. I also think that it is actually not so unrealistic to think that he hits the free agent market and that he would come to Jacksonville.
  • Greg Toler - When I look at the 49ers, one position that does not stand out to me name-wise is CB. Toler, a relative "no name," is the kind of CB that I feel like Gamble might look to bring to his team. While he is on IR right now, he has held up to the rigors of an NFL season and when healthy is an effective CB.
  • Henry Melton - this might be me getting away from "realistic" but given the talent that is Henry Melton and the impact a guy like Justin Smith has for the 49ers, I think Gamble could very well to look to have a "DE/DT" for this new defense who can hopefully have a similar effect, and given who is currently on the roster, he very well could deem that player not already on the team.

PHASE #4: The Draft

Predicting no trades and #2 pick in odd round #1 in even rounds

1. Ezekiel Ansah DE/OLB - While Tom Gamble is not Trent Baalke, as I look back at the last to 49er drafts, I see the first round selection being a super athletic guy who some people may deem as being a slight "reach" given where he went; I think Ansah fits that category and still actually would make sense at the spot. He is a big, athletic player who can get the job done as a pass rusher

2. Tyler Wilson QB - given the probable class of QBs in the draft this year, I am under the impression that early 2nd round is probably the best spot to take one. As it stands I figure 3 QBs will manage to find themselves taken in the first round, and so early in the second I think it could be Tyler Wilson that is there for the taking.

3. Desmond Trufant CB - this team can benefit from an infusion of talent just about everywhere, but in a division with Luck/Wayne, Schaub/Johnson, CB is definitely a very important place to build up talent.

4. Mike Gillislee RB - MJD is either on his final year of his contract or not on this team anymore. Regardless, this team needs a backup RB who could be a starter if needed this coming season. I think Gillislee can be the RB.

5. Manase Foketi OT - This team can still use upgrades on the offensive line, and Foketi is a smaller school player who could probably even start if needed.

6. Zach Line FB - To be honest, I think he could even play RB if needed. His overall versatility, being he can run and catch and block, is what makes him such an attractive option to draft.

7. Jahleel Addae S - Without any real depth behind Landry and Lowery, a late round pick on a guy like Addae seems to be a logical course of action

PHASE #5: UDFA and Beyond

I am not going to do this because I did not make certain which Free Agents actually come to this team, but rather just put together a list of FA targets.

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