It’s no secret that Jaguars general manager Gene Smith puts a premium value on character in his assessment of football players. Three years on the job, he mentions it unsolicited multiple times before every NFL draft/free agency period. But something often gets misconstrued when the media or fans try to analyze the impact the character component has in Smith’s evaluation process. They associate the Jaguars’ chief personnel decision maker as being quite inflexible on the issue.
From ownership down to coaches, the Jaguars have expressed a lot of faith in Blaine Gabbert after a rough rookie season. We believe Mike Mularkey was hired in large part because he was viewed as a great coach to work with Gabbert. One of Mularkey’s first tasks: Getting unnecessary thoughts out of Gabbert’s head.
Among sportswriting’s trickiest tasks is the introductory column, the difficulty lying in the inherently awkward process of telling something about yourself succinctly enough to entertain and inform without being boring. Think of it as journalism’s equivalent of the blind date’s opening, awkward minutes. Fortunately for all of us, this ain’t that.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have announced a ground-breaking "Refer-A-Fan" ticket sales referral program that will pay existing season ticket owners up to $100 per seat when new fans they refer to the Jaguars buy a multi-year season ticket. And season ticket owners who refer fans who go on to purchase any new season ticket will also be entered in a drawing to win a trip to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans next year.
It is no secret that the Jacksonville Jaguars are in the market for free agent wide receivers this off-season. However, with the news on Sunday night that the Philadelphia Eagles are planning to place the franchise tag on free agent wide receiver DeSean Jackson, it brings up the concern that other free agent wide receivers could see the same fate as Jackson and limit the free agent market.