When you muse about the historic franchises in the NFL, there’s often at least one particular guy that comes to thoughts when you feel about a group.
Tom Brady with the Patriots.
Joe Montana with the 49ers.
John Elway with the Broncos.
Dan Marino with the Dolphins.
And the list goes on and on.
All these teams have “the guy” that surfaces in the forefront of the brain and evokes feelings for a fan base. Heck, some teams like the Green Bay Packers has many selections in Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers and the Indianapolis Colts with Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck.
When it comes to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the answer is straightforward for the fans who reside and die with the franchise day in and day out — it is Mark Brunell.
But would the casual football fan come up with that answer inside 3 seconds of becoming asked the query? Possibly not, and that is a difficulty.
The Jaguars will need to join the list, and in order to do so, it is my opinion that they will need to go overboard on quarterback and figure this issue out after and for all. Till they get the most crucial position in experienced sports correct, practically nothing else matters. You can draft all the T.J. Hockensons you want, but till the franchise tone-setter is entrenched below center, you are just spinning your wheels.
Could Nick Foles be the guy? Confident. Heck, you can even argue that he currently holds that mantle in Philadelphia.
The Jaguars undoubtedly feel so by creating him the most handsomely paid free of charge agent quarterback this cycle, and his encounter in higher-stress circumstances and influence in the locker space tends to make the move an incredibly logical one particular for a regime below duress to present instant benefits in 2019. I do not fault the Jaguars for bringing Foles in. I will fault them, nonetheless, if they do not hedge their bets and place all their eggs in a quarterback basket that does not have additional than 11 begins in a season as a starter.
Now it is time to place on the tin foil hat. Based on how you appear at it, the 3 major selection-creating pillars from the group has dropped a hint for potentially nevertheless taking a quarterback they seriously like (Dwayne Haskins) with the No. 7 all round choose.
- Doug Marrone went on a tangent through his NFL Combine interview saying that it is complicated mainly because from time to time the coaching employees and front workplace have distinct responsibilities and frames of thoughts when it comes to acquiring players. The coach desires to win in the present and the front workplace has to hold checks and balances to keep a lengthy-term blueprint. It virtually sounds like there was some critical internal dialogue about targeting Foles in free of charge agency and a rookie they worth extremely in the draft. Possibly they’ll finish up compromising with each?
- Dave Caldwell stated that his most significant regret with Blake Bortles is not sticking to his guns about redshirting Blake for his rookie year. To be fair to Caldwell, they didn’t seriously have a selection. Chad Henne was playing so ineptly that he gave the group zero possibility to win. Possibly this is Caldwell’s second possibility to take his quarterback and enable him to sit behind Foles for one particular or even two years to create? For a prospect like Haskins who’s most significant knock is encounter (14 games began), this could be a enormous context clue.
- Tom Coughlin stated that signing Foles does not take them out of potentially deciding on an additional quarterback in the draft. Although it is unclear if that suggests quarterback as higher as seven or a guy like Will Grier, Tyree Jackson or Ryan Finley on day two/3, it is apparent that the group wouldn’t be comfy with just Cody Kessler, Alex McGough and Tanner Lee as contingency plans.
It is additional than just reading in between the lines, as the logistics of Nick Foles’ contract could undoubtedly insinuate a rookie quarterback as a lengthy-term program to give the group future salary cap flexibility.
A 4-year deal on paper, the Foles contract is basically a two-year deal with a pretty welcoming escape hatch right after 2020. Oddly sufficient, this is correct about the time the Jaguars will will need to allocate some critical funds to extending their defensive stalwarts in Yannick Ngakoue and Myles Jack (each getting into the final year of their rookie deal), and most importantly, Jalen Ramsey, who can be tagged for 2020. Caldwell described in his press conference this week that he has a program for these guys and the extensions – is the structure of the Foles deal element of the program?
The offensive coordinator
Obtaining a rookie in the wings with two years of studying and tutelage below John DeFilippo would be a enormous asset for future group constructing and roster building. Although DeFilippo has a prior partnership with Foles that will expedite the installation of the 2019 playbook, DeFilippo’s reputation about the NFL is his capacity to create a rookie quarterback. Dwayne Haskins is the most cerebral quarterback in this class, and you didn’t hear a peep from him when he sat two years behind J.T. Barrett at Ohio State. In the contemporary era of the NCAA exactly where players threaten to transfer if they get looked at the incorrect way by their coach, that says a lot. Haskins is an ultimate group player and had been telling teams at the Combine that if he had to sit, he would sit, study, and be prepared anytime the time comes.
DeFilippo was element of the Eagles employees that not only drafted Carson Wentz in spite of trading for and paying Sam Bradford, but the Eagles traded up to one particular for Wentz. Is it seriously that a great deal of a stretch of the imagination to pull the trigger on Haskins if he slipped all the way to seven? We just spent the final month on Twitter tossing about what we would give up to trade up for Haskins ahead of the Foles deal in terms of future draft picks, and now he may possibly land in the Jaguar’s lap. It wouldn’t shock me if he wanted a two-headed monster in the quarterbacks space with the seasoned veteran and the best rookie to mentor, with the possibility of Alex McGough becoming his Nate Sudfeld “project.”
The insurance coverage
A competent rookie quarterback also provides the group essential insurance coverage in the occasion of a Foles injury, which he is prone to. A single of the Jaguars’ most significant failures in the Bortles era was in no way acquiring any reputable competitors to push Blake. I do not feel they need to make that error once more. They can often fleece a group with a coaching camp/preseason injury and move Foles (or Haskins, if Foles is taking them deep in the playoffs) in 2020 for a king’s ransom.
Basically place, not obtaining a reputable backup program to give oneself insurance coverage for a quarterback who has in no way confirmed he can play a complete 16-game season would be extremely brazen, and if Foles did get injured, the quantity of “I told you so’s” uttered about Duval County would be endless.
A single subject I’ve observed bandied about is the ripple that taking Haskins with that choose would lead to inside the fan base and the locker space. There’s conjecture that some fans would be calling for Haskins the moment that Foles throws his 1st interception, and I couldn’t disagree additional. Just after watching 5 years of some of the most incompetent quarterback play and lowest of troughs in the NFL, the bar is set so extremely low for a Jaguars quarterback when it comes to the fan base that all Nick Foles generally has to do is throw a spiral in coaching camp and fans will be in appreciate.
If Foles can lead the offense on a two-minute drill at the finish of the game and get a win? He will be revered and celebrated. It operates each methods, and the group and the fan base would give him ample leash to succeed. I feel the fan base is additional educated than offered credit for by some pundits, and perhaps I’m providing also a great deal credit, but I do not see a lot of griping from the peanut gallery unless Foles is personally contributing to a 3 or 4 game losing streak.
Then there comes the locker space. I have no doubt that Foles will earn everyone’s respect and the morale will be at an all-time higher. Till he proves otherwise, the defense particularly will have a new lease on life, figuring out that the offense will at least give them a possibility and capitalize on any turnovers they can muster. For any person suggesting that the locker space would straight away splinter into #TeamNick or #TeamDwayne — cease it.
You know what the locker space desires? Wins.
If Foles is assisting to bring in wins, you will not hear a single rumble out of that group. Jalen Ramsey currently posted on social media endorsing the Foles move but caveating that they need to nevertheless draft a rookie. I agree with my King. Just win.
I have observed arguments that drafting a rookie would be a blow to Foles’ ego and self-assurance. If that seriously is the case, I’m sorry to break it to you – Foles was in no way a franchise quarterback. If “St. Nick” is seriously the transcendent locker space leader that absolutely everyone in Philadelphia depicts him to be, he wouldn’t throw a match if he wasn’t making wins or living up to his contract. He would do what ever was finest for the group.
The Jaguars have currently been chastised for passing on franchise quarterbacks in Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes for Leonard Fournette (and some can argue Lamar Jackson for Taven Bryan, while it is nevertheless early). Can you envision adding Haskins to that list if he have been to slip to seven? What if he began to ball out and became the subsequent Watson/Mahomes? Jaguars fans would be at their wit’s finish.
Foles is the guy till, at least, till 2020. There is no arguing that, and the group will also will need to add weapons about him to enhance his effectiveness. The well known picks for the seventh choose as of nowadays are T.J. Hockenson and Jawaan Taylor. We all know that the draft history of each Tom Coughlin and Dave Caldwell hasn’t valued the tight finish position, but with John DeFilippo’s offense so reliant on the position, that is most likely to adjust. And to be clear, I like Hockenson. As Zach Goodall has place it, he need to be a best ten tight finish for the subsequent decade and I agree with that assessment.
With that mentioned, I would also urge fans to understand the salary allocation that the seventh all round choose comes with. Final year’s seventh choose, Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen, was slotted with a 4-year, $21.1 million deal, averaging $five.three million per year. That form of salary would be relatively steep for a tight finish, but would be thought of a steal for a competent back up quarterback due to positional worth. Tyrod Taylor, for instance, just signed a back up deal with the Chargers for two years/$11 million ($five.five typical). History has also shown that tight ends normally struggle to drastically contribute through their rookie years, so counting on a rookie like Hockenson to be the fulcrum of the offense off the bat in 2019 would be incredibly optimistic, in spite of how sophisticated he is as a run blocker.
I’ve observed some opinions that they could appear at quarterback in round 3 or 4. Why? These guys historically have pretty tiny possible of establishing into a franchise quarterback. Say they go tight finish, offensive line, and quarterback in the 1st 3 picks.
Would you rather come away with a trio of Dwayne Haskins/Offensive LIne/Foster Moreau or TJ Hockenson/Offensive Line/Ryan Finley?
The draft might lack elite offensive talent, but is chock complete of depth at operating back, wide receiver, and especially, correct tackle. There is a pretty fantastic possibility that a robust correct tackle prospect is offered at 38, and the Jaguars can come away with perhaps two tight ends in the mid-to-late rounds at a a great deal additional affordable salary than Hockenson at the best of Day 1.
If I was going to bet dollars, it is most most likely that the Jaguars go with an offensive non-quarterback with that seventh choose, even with Haskins on the board. I get that. I’m not insane. They look to be all in on their marriage to Foles, for improved or for worse.
But for a franchise with a continuous query mark at quarterback subsequent to their name, the most prudent strategy moving forward would be to go overboard at the position.
Hey, the Jaguars could have gotten that final guy. Let’s not make that error once more.