Day 3 of padded practice for your hometown hero’s — the Jacksonville Jaguars. For the most part, it’s everything I thought it would be. Day 1, Bortles throws 5 INT’s (LOL) and day 2, he throws none. That is your QB1, Blake Bortles. That’s who he is, CC 2015 to 2016. He can throw for 355 yards, 2 TD’s a pick 6 and 2 INT’s. He’s a bad reader of defenses, he makes poor decisions and he panics. It is nothing new. I feel bad for everyone freaking out about him because that means y’all had hope for him! He is who is he. All I’m hoping out of him is to keep our head above the water, put on some floaties and get us into the playoffs. I don’t care how the Jags do it, whether its running #27 50 times a game or letting Marquise Lee throw another TD pass. I just want the playoffs this year and despite all other opinions, I think it’s attainable.
I love what I’ve been seeing from the coaching staff this year, it’s a refreshing change from sweeping the corners with Gus Bradley. Marrone doesn’t tolerate laziness and lack of effort. One thing that I believe needs to happen is that Marrone needs to turn the burner on high and let Blake feel the pressure. Let Brandon Allen start getting more reps with the 1’s and 2’s or even bring in Colin Kaepernick. So many people disagree with bringing in a player who sat for the National Anthem because of their own feelings towards our flag. I too was skeptical of him at first because I didn’t get the deeper meaning. But then Kaep continued his fight against injustice and continues today. He never meant to disrespect our military (as he’s said multiple times), but moreso our justice system. And he’s right! Our justice system is flawed. Kaep didn’t do this one time, get everyone’s attention and then fade into the spotlight, he’s continuing to change the world HIMSELF. If you can’t respect that and think the guy deserves a shot, but can advocate for Greg Hardy, Ray Rice and Joe Mixon… you could be (part of) the problem.
So… Dante Fowler blows by you and you’re having to block for the guy in the league leading INT’s… what do you do? You retire. Branden Albert spent 8 practices with the Jags and decided to retire. I-can’t-stop-laughing. But really… it doesn’t bother me either way. It’s probably just as good. I don’t think he’ll ever be the same since his injury in Miami and the Jags drafted Cam Robinson in the 2nd round. If anything, I’m thankful because now the coaching staff doesn’t have to screw it up and start Albert over Robinson.
These are my (way too early) predictions for the season.
1.) Jags @ Texans = W 10.) LAC @ Jags = W
2.) Titans @ Jags = L 11.) Jags @ Browns=W
3.)Ravens @ Jags =W 12.) Jags @ Cardinals =L
4.) Jaguars @ Jets =W 13.) Colts @ Jags= W
5.)Jags @ Steelers = L 14.) Seahawks @ Jags = L
6.) Rams @ Jags =W 15.) Texans @ Jags= L
7.) Jags @ Colts =L 16.) Jags @ 49ers= W
9.) Bengals @ Jags =L
I will be at the opening game in Houston, which is why I’m putting them at a win week 1. My heart just won’t allow the L. Again, I still stand by my prediction of 9-7 and possibly 8-8 because the Chargers….. Philip Rivers owns the Jags.
Knox is an energetic, full of life very loved 4 year old little boy. In April 2017, Knox fell outside and continued to complain of a sore ankle despite it being checked and ruled negative for any acute injuries. On April 18th 2017, Knox and his family got devastating news that they couldn’t have ever seen coming. Knox had a tumor on the end of his femur. After days of tests ruling out a variety of different diseases, Knox was officially diagnosed with stage 4 Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) (please see https://www.stjude.org/disease/osteosarcoma.html ). Along with chemo, Knox’s family and oncology team decided that his best option for a recover from this dreadful disease was a “rotationplasty” please see ( http://www.rotationplasty.com/ ) to learn more about this lifesaving procedure. On July 10th, Knox underwent the surgery and it was deemed successful. On July 13th the pathology report came back with the necrosis rate (death rate) of Knox’s tumor and it was deemed 99% dead. Knox and his family are over the moon about this pathology report, but Knox still has 18 more weeks of chemo to endure before he can officially be deemed “cancer free.” Knox was discharged this weekend after rocking his PT sessions, and learning how to use the walker and wheelchair. Even though Knox’s necrotic rate was 99%, please continue to pray for him and his family that this terrible disease stays far away from his body. No child deserves to have their lives altered this much from a disease. If you’d like to follow along Knox’s journey, please visit www.caringbridge.org/visit/christyolafson
If you’d like to make a financial difference in pediatric cancer awareness or research, I recommend donating directly to the families, St. Jude’s, or charity foundations ( http://dailyparent.com/articles/5-pediatric-cancer-charities-that-deserve-your-money-now/ ). Please, PLEASE do your research before donating to companies that claim their funding goes directly to the patients and their families.
*Did you know? — As of 2013, Kids Wish Network raises millions of dollars in donations in the name of dying children and their families. Every year, it spends less than 3 cents on the dollar helping kids. (http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/13/us/worst-charities/index.html) Be an advocate of pediatric cancer awareness. Spread the word.