The Kansas City Chiefs' signing of cornerback Stanford Routt will likely wind up hurting the Jacksonville Jaguars. Stay with me here. By signing Routt, the Chiefs no longer need to re-sign Brandon Carr, their solid No. 2 corner. That gives them the freedom to use their franchise tag, if they so desire, on receiver Dwayne Bowe.
Marty Schottenheimer predicted the future. One afternoon at practice for the San Diego Chargers, Schottenheimer pulled aside safety Marlon McCree to share the future. For more than two decades in the NFL Schottenheimer had built relationships with a revolving door of coaches and players. His voice had grown grizzled from years of barking orders. The 2006 season would be his last as a head coach in the league.
For Gene Smith, not much changes philosophically. That will be true at the NFL Scouting Combine this week and moving forward to late April, because Smith – entering his fourth season as the Jaguars’ general manager – said even with a head coaching change the franchise’s approach to the NFL Draft is the same: Find the best players possible and get as many on the roster as you can.
Every time Jaguars general manager Gene Smith talks about his confidence in the Jaguars being able to upgrade the offense through free agency, he also mentions the unknowns. Players being re-signed or franchised could impact the process. It will be very different from last season, when the Jaguars knew exactly who would be available for the duration of the lockout -- nearly five full months.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired Earnest Byner as their running backs coach. Byner coached the Jaguars running backs for the past two seasons. During the 2011 season, Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew rushed for 1,606 yards and won the NFL's rushing title.