One of the first things I heard about Gregg Williams when I started poking around about the embattled defensive coach's time in Jacksonville was that a lot of players really like playing for him. Former Jaguars LB Clint Ingram and former Jaguars DE Reggie Hayward confirmed that yesterday when I spoke with Ingram and Vito Stellino spoke with Hayward. I wrote about their recollections in a story for Tuesday's paper. Both said the Jaguars did not have a bounty system under Williams, which confirms what I'd previously heard and reported.
Franchise tags are designed to keep players off the open market, and the 21 players tagged this season reduced the pools of free agents, especially at defensive end. Predictably, the Jaguars lost some top targets during yesterday's franchising frenzy. And even the players they didn't target going off the market affects them as it raises competition for available players at certain positions.
The era is over. The Indianapolis Colts' breakup with Peyton Manning is official -- ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that Manning will be released Wednesday -- and it displaces any of the most extreme examples of business ruling sports. Since 1993, the NFL standard for "it can happen to anyone" has been Joe Montana. The San Francisco 49ers traded Montana, regarded by many as the greatest quarterback of all time, to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Now, Tyson Alualu said he can look to the future. And when the Jaguars’ third-year defensive tackle looks there, he said what he sees is far different than what he usually saw the past two seasons. Full weeks of practice. Weekends without worry. Game days without pain. Alualu, the No. 10 overall selection by the Jaguars in the 2010 NFL Draft, said such times were rare in his first two professional seasons.