It's been a busy, busy week for the Jaguars. From interviewing potential offensive coordinators to signing running backs, to meeting with Leonard Fournette.
Let's get to it!
Calais Campbell was notified this week that the NFL rescinded his $20,054 fine for a hit on Ben Roethlisberger during the fourth quarter of the Jaguars November loss to the Steelers. Upon further review there was clearly no penalty on the play, however, the roughing the passer penalty called on the field negated an interception that would have all but sealed the victory for the Jaguars. It was a back breaking moment for the Jaguars. At 3-6 the team desperately needed a win. This is just another in a long line of examples of how things just didn't go the Jaguars way in 2018. I suppose the $20k that Campbell will get back might provide some amount of solace for the veteran defensive end.
The Jaguars and Leonard Fournette had a meeting to clear the air earlier in the week. In recent months a number of things had gone wrong in the relationship between the former fourth overall pick and the Jaguars' brass. But it appears the meeting went well and that the two sides will remain an item heading into the 2019 season.
For more on that story check out our article from earlier in the week.
The Jaguars reportedly interviewed both Darrell Bevell and Todd Monken for their vacant offensive coordinator position this week. There hasn't been much news on the Bevell front, at least in terms of him interviewing with other teams. That, however, can't be said about Todd Monken. Not only did Monken interview for three head coaching gigs prior to interviewing for the Jaguars OC position, but he has or is scheduled to visit with several teams about OC positions including the Packers, Lions, Browns. Working with the likes of an Aaron Rodgers or Baker Mayfield seems more appealing than working with . . . yeah the Jaguars don't even know who there QB is going to be yet. Plus there would be more job security for Monken if he were to sign on with a team that has a new coaching staff, rather than the Jaguars, whose staff seems to be on their last straw in 2019. That means Bevell seems like the leader in the club house to be the Jaguars next offensive coordinator and that is not a bad thing. He has an eye for QB talent and has worked with some of the best the game has to offer.
The Jaguars signed former Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls to a futures contract earlier in the week. That means Rawls will have the opportunity to compete for a roster spot with the Jaguars throughout the offseason. Rawls had his best seasons in Seattle with Darrell Bevell running the show . . . Coincidence? You can decide that for yourself. I think the signing has little to do with Fournette and his job security, but everything to do with Carlos Hyde. Since arriving in Jacksonville half way through the 2018 campaign Hyde has been vocal about his displeasure with his role in the offense, but when given a chance to succeed Hyde has done little to show that he belongs. The Jaguars would likely be happy to get his $4.7 million cap hit in 2019 off the books.