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Big Cat Country - All Posts Stand United, Duval Til We Die

  • 52 days until kickoff: Chad to Ace to Jordan for a touchdown
    by Ryan Day on July 18, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images This year marks the 25th season for the Jacksonville Jaguars. To celebrate, we’re counting down 100 days from our regular season kickoff with the top 100 moments in franchise history. Yesterday it was Leonard Fournette’s “Superman dive” against the Pittsburgh Steelers early in his rookie season. Today? Chad Henne to Ace Sanders to Jordan Todman for one of the December 5, 2013 This is one of the least Gus Bradley victories of Gus Bradley’s career. The Jaguars never trailed, they were in control the entire game, it was at home, they held off a late rally by the Texans, and it made for the only winning streak during Bradley’s tenure. Oh yeah, and they pulled off a hell of a trick play on national television. Chad Henne.Ace Sanders.Jordan Todman.You can't stop this offensive powerhouse, @HoustonTexans. pic.twitter.com/QJQbkz2GPP— Ryan Day (@ryaneatscake) July 18, 2019 Send us your favorite moments and we’ll dig into each one until the Jaguars kick off on September 8th — including whatever video, audio, or stories we can find. Comment below, tweet at us, comment on our Facebook, or DM us on Instagram! […]

  • 7 training camp practices open to fans
    by Ryan Day on July 17, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images The Jacksonville Jaguars announced that the team’s 2019 training camp will feature seven practices open to fans. You can register here. The Jaguars will begin training camp with four consecutive open sessions starting Thursday, July 25 at 8:45 a.m. Practice on Saturday, July 27, is open exclusively to Jags365 Season Ticket Members and is scheduled for 8:45 a.m.. The team’s first practice in full pads will also be open to fans on Sunday, July 28 at 8:45 a.m. All seven of the Jaguars’ Florida Blue open practices are scheduled to take place at the Dream Finders Homes Practice Complex on the northwest corner of TIAA Bank Field. Gates will open to fans at 8:15 a.m., 30 minutes prior to the start of practice. Parking is available in Lots M and N, and concessions and merchandise will be available for purchase on site. Limited player autograph availability will occur following each practice. Please keep in mind that practice timing, practice location and fan access are subject to change due to weather and other factors. Fans are encouraged to follow the Jaguars on social media to stay up-to-date on any changes or weather notifications. To attend any of the Jaguars’ open training camp sessions, fans must register in advance online here. Fans are encouraged to register early as tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Consistent with the Jaguars game day mobile ticketing platform, all tickets will be delivered via mobile device. 2019 Jaguars open training camp practices Thursday, July 25: 8:45 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. Friday, July 26: 8:45 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. Saturday, July 27: 8:45 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. (Open exclusively to Jags 365 Season Ticket Members) Sunday, July 28: 8:45 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. Tuesday, July 30: 8:45 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. Wednesday, July 31: 8:45 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. Thursday, August 1: 8:45 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. […]

  • 53 days until kickoff: Superman Fournette
    by Ryan Day on July 17, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images This year marks the 25th season for the Jacksonville Jaguars. To celebrate, we’re counting down 100 days from our regular season kickoff with the top 100 moments in franchise history. Yesterday it was Mr. 54 himself — Mike Peterson. Today? Leonard Fournette’s “Superman dive” against the Pittsburgh Steelers early in his rookie season. October 8, 2017 Late in the first quarter of a Week 5 matchup in Pittsburgh that Jacksonville desperately needed to win to take that next step, the defense stepped up. And when I say stepped up, I mean that they carried the lifeless offense through the end zone, into the locker room, onto the plane, back to their homes, and tucked them in that night. Jalen Ramsey intercepted a Ben Roethlisberger pass at midfield to set up the only positive drive for the Jaguars of the first half — ending in a statement dive by Fournette into the end zone. Did Fournette really need to leap from the five-yard line? No. Are we eternally happy he did? Hell yes. Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive!Able to leap defenses in a single bound!It's @_fournette w/ the TD! pic.twitter.com/fuL7oR8zEs— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) October 8, 2017 Send us your favorite moments and we’ll dig into each one until the Jaguars kick off on September 8th — including whatever video, audio, or stories we can find. Comment below, tweet at us, comment on our Facebook, or DM us on Instagram! […]

  • 54 days until kickoff: Peterson was better than you remember
    by Ryan Day on July 16, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images This year marks the 25th season for the Jacksonville Jaguars. To celebrate, we’re counting down 100 days from our regular season kickoff with the top 100 moments in franchise history. Yesterday it was the comeback victory against the Cleveland Browns on the road. Today? Mr. 54 himself — Mike Peterson. “Welcome to Duval, prepare to be hit.” Peterson’s career started with the Indianapolis Colts, when he was selected in the second round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He played all but seven games in his four-year career with the Colts, establishing himself as a solid all-around linebacker who could make the inside tackle or defend the pass equally as well. He was then signed by the Jaguars in 2003 and established himself as the best middle linebacker this franchise has ever known. He was tough, he was physical, he was fast, and he was his own man. Peterson was the one responsible for the tagline, “Welcome to Duval, prepare to be hit” after using it as his introduction during a 2006 Monday Night Football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and he didn’t back down to head coach Jack Del Rio after he was demoted following an ugly loss to the Cincinnati Bengals where Peterson flexed his muscles after a sack in the third quarter while the team was still down 21-3. Over his six-year career with the team he registered 543 tackles (32 of which for a loss), 20 passes defended, five fumbles forced, eight interceptions, and one touchdown. But it was his 2005 season where he was truly magnificent — 131 tackles (10 for a loss), three interceptions, six passes defended, six sacks, two forced fumbles, one touchdown, and a second team All-Pro selection. It is the best single season performance of any middle linebacker in franchise history and you could make the argument he was the best player on the team that year. Where Paul Posluszny was a stalwart in the middle behind the defensive line for many years, Peterson was a man possessed all over the field — able to chase down running backs in the flat, close on receivers before the first down marker, and sack quarterbacks behind the line. The Jaguars (criminally) underrated him as just the 19th best player in franchise history — in my mind he’s a top-10 talent — but they compiled a superb highlight reel of him here. Send us your favorite moments and we’ll dig into each one until the Jaguars kick off on September 8th — including whatever video, audio, or stories we can find. Comment below, tweet at us, comment on our Facebook, or DM us on Instagram! […]

  • Marrone ranks 18th in head coach power rankings
    by Ryan O'Bleness on July 16, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports The offseason, and the “dead period” in particular, are a popular time for listicles on reliable websites for football news, as we try to come up with things to pass time before training camp starts. One list that recently caught my eye was NFL.com analyst Elliot Harrison’s head coach power rankings. Harrison listed Jacksonville Jaguars’ head coach in the bottom half of the league rankings, at 18th. However, this list wasn’t technically out of 32 coaches, as all first-year head coaches were given an “NR” for not ranked, which is fair as there is currently no track record to judge those coaches. Six coaches are leading an NFL team in 2019 for the first time in their respective careers: Denver’s Vic Fangio, Miami’s Brian Flores, Arizona’s Kliff Kingsbury, Cleveland’s Freddie Kitchens, Green Bay’s Matt LaFleur and Cincinnati’s Zac Taylor. Meanwhile, Adam Gase is in his first year with the New York Jets, but having previously coached the Dolphins, he made the list at No. 25. Therefore, it’s more like Marrone checked in at 18th out of the 26 qualifying coaches. Here is what Harrison had to say about Marrone: “The Jags were as bad in 2018 as they were good in 2017. But with a new quarterback in Nick Foles, and Marrone’s no-nonsense approach -- not to mention what remains a strong nucleus of talent -- Jacksonville could be speeding into the playoffs come January. Marrone deserves a ton of credit for making the Jags viable in the first place, and there is some leeway for the dropoff last season, considering how subpar Blake Bortles was. He wasn’t Marrone’s guy to begin with, although Marrone’s staff could have squeezed more effective play from the former third overall pick. The discipline issues with Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon late in the year did come under Marrone’s purview, one reason the stain of the poor season cannot be completely wiped away. Meanwhile, competent QB play can be the great elixir for a football team and its head coach. Don’t forget that Marrone has led this franchise as far as anyone ever has, including Jaguars executive VP Tom Coughlin.” Basically, the gist is simple: so far in Marrone’s two full seasons in Jacksonville, he had an extremely strong season where he helped to completely turn the team around and make a run in the playoffs, and an extremely poor season, where everything that possibly could have went wrong last year, did. And the other part of the equation for Marrone’s tenure is just how much did the poor play of Blake Bortles (and Cody Kessler for a couple games) weigh down the team? That question will be answered this year with Nick Foles now under center. Listed right above Marrone at No. 17 was Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys, while fellow AFC South coach Bill O’Brien of the Houston Texans came right below Marrone at No. 19. Jacksonville’s head man was listed second in the division, with Indianapolis’ Frank Reich coming in at No. 12, and Tennessee’s Mike Vrabel listed at No. 20. An obvious no-brainer, but Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots was ranked as the best head coach in the NFL. Seattle’s Pete Carroll and New Orleans’ Sean Payton round out the top-three. Of course, Harrison’s list is subjective and open to debate, but I agree for the most part with his rankings. What do you think? […]

 

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