The Jaguars went into the bye week with a 27-0 win against the Luckless led Colts. The entire team played very well on all sides of the ball. The defense had another 10 sack game (yes, I said ANOTHER) matching the total amount of sacks from ALL of last year! The 2016 Jaguar defense had 33 sacks and through 7 games in 2017, the Jaguar defense has 33 sacks. I’ll be the first to admit I did not want Todd Wash back this year, but he’s done amazing things with the defense and will probably get some interviews for a HC position next year. Also, Marion Hobby was brought in this year from Clemson for the defensive linemen coach and he’s not getting nearly enough recognition from local or national media. Hobby is getting the best out of all of the d-linemen and even has Dante Fowler playing at an all time high. This defense has been so much fun to watch and I only expect them to improve from here.
As far as the offense goes, the Jaguars have not lost a game this year when Marcedes Lewis catches a TD. In the 3 games Jacksonville has lost, Lewis had ZERO catches. Hackett needs to keep Lewis involved in the offense to open up a receiving game for the wideouts who have struggled with separation this year. For the most part, Hackett’s play-calling has been just like their record— bad on even weeks and fun to watch on odd weeks. With the bye week coming on our even week, I’m expecting a fun offense and a win this week against the Bengals.
The Jaguars have a chance to go 5-3 this week and while there’s been chatter about them, this win could solidify the fact that they control their own destiny and that a playoff expectation isn’t fantasy land.
Marcell Dareus to the Jaguars in exchange for a 6th round pick. Yay? Nay? I personally love the trade. Dareus was long overdue for a change of scenery with his off the field and non-disciplined attitude and I think Jacksonville is a great fit for him. He’s a huge run gap stop and he had his best season (2014) under Doug Marrone. If there’s any team that could help him get on track, it’s the team that has the number one defense in the NFL. With Cambell in the locker room, I think Dareus can be mentored into a great player who leaves behind a bad attitude. Welcome to DUUUUVALLLL, Marcell!
P.S. Lookin forward to all the teal on Sunday! #ForeverTeal
- Meet Colt
- In 2016, at age 20 months, Colt was diagnosed with retinoblastoma of his left eye. Retinoblastoma is an eye cancer that begins in the retina — the sensitive lining on the inside of your eye. Retinoblastoma most commonly affects young children, but can rarely occur in adults. Please see https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/retinoblastoma/symptoms-causes/syc-20351008 to learn more about the awful disease.
- Unlike many other cancers, retinoblastoma can give a warning sign. In the eyes of children when you take a picture, there is often a “glow” that shows up. If Colt’s family wants you to know anything, it is to “pay attention to pictures you take of your children and other people’s pictures. If you see this glow, contact your doctor or tell the parent to get it checked”
- Colt has endured chemotherapy from October to April and has had monthly eye exams under anesthesia to monitor the cancer. In April after 6 tumors and 6 rounds of chemo, doctors declared that Colt had knocked out cancer and would no longer need chemotherapy.
- Childhood cancers always leave a possibility for relapse. Just because a child is considered in “remission” doesn’t mean that they’re in the clear. There are numerous side effects that we don’t fully know yet because the government only gives 4% of all cancer funding research to childhood cancers.
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