Jalen Ramsey takes a deeper dive into Jags saga, reveals who was ‘disrespectful’ to him before trade

We all know about Jalen Ramsey’s issues with Tom Coughlin, but on the ‘Catching Fades’ podcast with Aqib Talib, Ramsey claimed that former GM Dave Caldwell disrespected him, too.

One of the darkest periods in Jacksonville Jaguars history was when the news broke of All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey wanting a trade from the organization. A former Top-5 selection from the 2016 NFL Draft, Ramsey was probably as big of a defensive star as a small market team could have, and much of that was because he backed it up on the field. 

However, during the Jags’ second regular-season game of the 2019 season, it all hit the fan after Ramsey got into a verbal altercation with former Jags head coach Doug Marrone. As heated as that argument looked, though, it wasn’t the issue that led to Ramsey leaving — instead, it was a confrontational meeting with management after the game that left him feeling disrespected. 

In an interview with Aqib Talib on the “Catching Fades” podcast, Ramsey shared new details about how the post-game conversation went down. After Week 2’s game of 2019 (against Houston) the All-Pro corner says he was approached by son of Shad Khan, Tony Khan, (both of whom he said he respects), who asked Ramsey if he’d be willing to chat with them privately. However, when Ramsey came to the meeting, he was shocked to see that two others were standing alongside the ownership duo. 

Of course, as confirmed in 2019, one of those people was front-office leader Tom Coughlin. The other, according to Ramsey, was former general manager Dave Caldwell, who didn’t initially speak as Shad Khan started the conversation.

“I get in the office and it’s Tony, Shad, Tom Coughlin, and Dave Caldwell,” said Ramsey. “It’s four of them in there and then it’s just me and they were like…standing like in a semi-circle just all looking at me. So I’m hot now […] first of all, you told me it was just you and pops and now I’m in here [with more than ownership].

“[…] I want to say Shad started to speak first and was very respectful. You know ‘Jalen we got a lot of respect for your game’ this, that whoop-de-woo… ‘Are you and Doug going to be good? We don’t want anything going on between a key player and our head coach.’ I’m like ‘We good. It is what it is and that’s just part of the game.'”

Ramsey said that after Shad Khan spoke, Tony Khan chimed in with many of the same sentiments and suggested that Ramsey at least consider apologizing.

“Tony said something, too, and was real respectful, again,” Ramsey said. “Basically repeated what his dad said and kind of kept it moving like ‘Man we really think y’all should talk before anybody talks to the media. Y’all two should talk just to make sure y’all good and maybe you need to apologize to him.’

“And then I told him […] ‘Respectfully, I’m not about to apologize to him.’ I said, ‘That’s a part of the game. Emotions get high and we might get into it. It ain’t no beef, ain’t nothing going on between us. Me and coach good. We’ve always been good.'” 

Back when this was originally reported in 2019, Coughlin was widely speculated to be the one who Ramsey was referring to when he said he was disrespected. However, in this particular meeting, Ramsey says it was Caldwell who angered him in a confrontation that Ramsey claims was explosive.

“So then, Dave Caldwell, who was the GM…he took the total opposite — I guess they were in there playing good cop, bad cop. He took the total opposite approach. He started cussing and started trying to cuss me out, like ‘You need to go [expletive] apologize.’ […] I said ‘No, that ain’t happening.’ 

“And then he said something else, but I forgot what he said. You know how when you’re in shock sometimes, you give like that little laugh, like ‘He’s crazy.’ So, I gave him a little grin and he’s like ‘Oh, is this funny to you?’ And I just started shaking my head, and then he was like, ‘Well, just get the [expletive] out!’ And he opened the door, and I just walked out like laughing a little bit, and he slammed the door behind me.”

Ramsey said that’s when he called his agent, David Mulugheta, and informed him that he wanted a trade as the team seemed content with losing and didn’t handle business well. Many fans would agree after the team overpaid the wrong people (Blake Bortles and Nick Foles) and seemingly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory by letting homegrown talent escape their clutches (like Allen Robinson, Yannick Ngakoue, Ramsey). 

Another issue presented by Ramsey’s retelling is that, if it’s an accurate summary of events, Coughlin and Caldwell had an unusually high level of involvement in the conflict. As front-office members, player-to-coach situations aren’t for them to handle. The issue might have been best left to those involved and ownership, if necessary.

Of course, as owner and the man who hired Caldwell and Coughlin, Shad Khan shares some accountability here. But after allegedly witnessing this situation with Caldwell, the team’s friction with Coughlin, and its dysfunction in general, it appears ownership was taking notes. 

If Ramsey’s explanation of that fateful meeting is accurate, it’s clear why Khan moved to a coach-centric approach with Urban Meyer, where the coach’s vision takes priority over others in the organization. 

Former Jags GM Caldwell lands front-office job with Eagles

Former Jacksonville general manager Dave Caldwell has found a new landing spot, as Philadelphia hired him as a personnel executive.

Former Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell’s five-month sabbatical from the NFL has come to an end. The Philadelphia Eagles have hired Caldwell, who was in charge of personnel decisions for the Jaguars from 2013-20, as a personnel executive.

Philadelphia finds itself in a bit of a rebuild after a 4-11-1 season in 2020. It traded former Pro Bowl quarterback Carson Wentz, who the team took with the second pick in 2016, to Indianapolis, and now it seems the Eagles will be rolling with Jalen Hurts, who saw a good bit of action last season but was hit-or-miss.

It’s a situation Caldwell is familiar with. When he was hired by the Jaguars, they were coming off a 2-14 finish (the worst in franchise history until 2020). His tenure had some high highs, with the team making it to the AFC Championship in 2017 for the first time since 1999. But the lows were quite low.

The Jags sputtered to a 37-91 record during his tenure, and though he survived the organizational purge after the 2019 season that saw the team fire Executive VP of Football Operations Tom Coughlin, he couldn’t survive a 1-15 season in 2020. He was dismissed on Nov. 29, followed by head coach Doug Marrone at the end of the season.

In spite of his struggles, especially in finding a franchise quarterback with third-overall pick Blake Bortles and Nick Foles, the biggest free-agent signing in franchise history, not working out, Caldwell is too highly thought of to not have a job at this point. He’ll hope his tenure in Philadelphia goes better than his time in Jacksonville.

4 reasons the Jags’ general manager vacancy is very attractive

The Jacksonville Jaguars have a general manager vacancy available in 2021 after firing Dave Caldwell Sunday. They joined the Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, and Atlanta Falcons as teams with openings to eventually be filled – and more teams will join …

The Jacksonville Jaguars have a general manager vacancy available in 2021 after firing Dave Caldwell Sunday. They joined the Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, and Atlanta Falcons as teams with openings to eventually be filled — and more teams will join the list soon.

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When Black Monday arrives, there could be six teams or more on the market for new front office leadership, which means the Jags will have a lot of competition. Luckily, the Jags’ vacancy could be atop the list of available destinations and the team could be in a situation where they land the top general manager candidate.

Here are four reasons why Jags fans should be excited about their search for a new front office leader as there is a lot to like about the team’s future:

Winners and losers from Jaguars vs. Browns Week 12 matchup

The Jacksonville Jaguars wrapped up another tough matchup Sunday as they faced off against an old AFC foe in the Cleveland Browns. They once again fought valiantly but were unable to capitalize, falling to the Browns by a score of 27-25. The loss …

The Jacksonville Jaguars wrapped up another tough matchup Sunday as they faced off against an old AFC foe in the Cleveland Browns. They once again fought valiantly but were unable to capitalize, falling to the Browns by a score of 27-25.

The loss marks the tenth consecutive defeat for the Jags in 2020 as they haven’t tasted victory since their 27-20 Week 1 win against the Indianapolis Colts. The Jags were also eliminated from playoff contention for the eighth time in Shad Khan’s nine years as owner.

Despite the loss, some of the Jaguars players’ stepped up this week, while some did not. Here are the winners and losers from Week 12’s matchup against the Browns:

Winner: QB Mike Glennon

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Here’s a name that most Jags fans weren’t expecting in the “winners” category. 

Journeyman quarterback Mike Glennon made his first start since 2017, which dates back to when he was with the Chicago Bears. He had a pretty impressive day, going 20-of-35 (57.1%) for 235 yards and two touchdowns. One of his two touchdowns was a beautiful 46-yard strike to rookie wide receiver Collin Johnson, which was the longest pass on the day. It’s also his first multiple touchdown game since 2014 as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

While the stats weren’t eye-popping by any measure, Glennon’s ability to play mistake-free football put the Jags in multiple positions to win the game. He didn’t turn the ball over, take any sacks, and also didn’t hesitate to attempt to move the ball downfield as evidenced by his 10 completions that traveled 10 or more yards.

The Jaguars will take on the Minnesota Vikings Week 13 on a road trip to Minneapolis. Depending on how practice shapes up throughout the week, we could either see Glennon again as the starter, or Jags fans could see the return of their enigmatic signal-caller Gardner Minshew II as he recovers from a thumb injury.

Loser: The entire Jaguars secondary

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Football is a team game, and on defense, much critical communication is required to prevent big plays. However, the Jaguars’ defense didn’t fare well as Browns receiver Jarvis Landry had a huge game as he finished with 143 receiving yards on eight receptions and a touchdown.

The starting tandem of Luq Barcoo and Tre Herndon had no answer as Landry would eviscerate the Jags defense en route to his first 100-yard game since Week 12 of 2019. Even when the corners gambled and got a decent jump on the ball, Landry was still able to complete catches. The former Pro Bowl receiver has struggled all season as he did not have a touchdown coming into the game against the Jags.

In comparison to past performances, this seemed to be a better outing from the defense, however, it still wasn’t enough to slow down a struggling Jarvis Landry. The Jags ultimately allowed 459 yards and over half of those yards came through the air.

Winnner: The Jaguars’ rookies

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The Jaguars came into the league as the youngest team in the NFL, however, their rookies proved to play a vital role in helping them stay in the game.

Johnson had a career day as he torched the Browns’ defense for four receptions and 96 yards to go along with a touchdown. He came into the game with only seven receptions and 69 yards and one touchdown for the entire season.

With fellow wide receivers D.J Chark Jr. and Chris Conley inactive due to rib and hip injuries respectively, the rookie stepped up big to try and help the Jags get the win.

Also contributing heavily to the Jaguars’ offense on the day and the entire season is undrafted free agent running back James Robinson, who has fully staked his claim in the league. Robinson had a magnificent day setting a career-high in scrimmage yards with 159 with 128 of those yards being on the ground. The Illinois State University product also scored a four-yard touchdown to make it 27-25 but the Jaguars were unable to score on the ensuing two-point conversion.

Robinson has been a force all season ranking third in the NFL in rushing yards coming into the game with 762. His performance on Sunday will push him even closer to every running back’s goal of a 1,000-yard rushing season. He has already made history this year being one of five undrafted rookies in history to record 1,000 total scrimmage yards in a season.

Even though the Jags are a young team, the rookies showed up against the Browns, and hopefully, they can be utilized more in the coming weeks.

Loser: Doug Marrone

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Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone might start seeing the writing on the wall soon.

After the loss to the Browns, the Jaguars relieved general manager Dave Caldwell of his duties, ending a seven-year tenure with the team. Former San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke will be the interim for the time being. Generally, when a prominent front office person is fired, the coach is not too far behind and that could mean bad news for the job security of Marrone.

Marrone’s coaching tactics also have not been indicative of someone who is fighting for their job. Simply put, he showed a lack of aggression this Sunday against the Browns when some fans expected more.

There was one instance where the Jags’ offense were in scoring territory on their six-yard line when Marrone decided to settle for a 24-yard field goal by kicker Aldrick Rosas. The offense put on an impressive 11-play, 69-yard drive and the chance to put up some meaningful points could have changed the result of the game.

The Jaguars’ front office seems intent on letting Marrone finish out the season and only time will tell what they decide to do in the offseason about his job status. Losing a close game like this against the Browns most likely will not help those matters.

5 candidates for the Jacksonville Jaguars’ general manager vacancy

The Jags now have a general manager vacancy to fill after firing Dave Caldwell and there are several intriguing candidates to chose from.

The Jacksonville Jaguars announced the firing of Dave Caldwell Sunday after a Week 12 loss to the Cleveland Browns that knocked the team out of playoff contention. While the Jags filled the role temporarily by naming executive Trent Baalke the interim general manager, the team should eventually be on the market looking for solutions outside of their current group.

Here are five candidates we believe are good fits to potentially pull the Jags out of their losing ways:

Trent Baalke named Jags interim general manager

The Jags have parted ways with GM Dave Caldwell and Trent Baalke will serve as interim in his place for the rest of the season.

The Jacksonville Jaguars’ loss to the Cleveland Browns resulted in general manager Dave Caldwell being relieved of his duties Sunday. It was also announced that the Jags’ current Director of Player Personnel, Trent Baalke, would be filling Caldwell’s role as an interim general manager for their five remaining games of 2020.

Baalke joined the Jags’ staff earlier this year in February. Before that he was the San Francisco 49ers general manager from 2011-16 where the team garnered a 57-54-1 regular season record. They also were able to accumulate a 5-3 postseason record under Baalke, which included a loss in Super Bowl XLVII to the Baltimore Ravens.

Prior to that he also spent time as a scout and scouting coordinator with the Washington Football team and also spent time with the New York Jets as a scout.

As for Caldwell, he was hired in 2013 by owner Shad Khan who purchased the team months before bringing him in. He accumulated a 37-85 regular season record and a 2-1 postseason record during his eight seasons as Jags general manager.

The good, bad, and ugly from the Jaguars’ 27-3 loss against the Steelers

There weren’t a lot of positives to take from the Jags’ loss to the Steelers as it mark yet another sign of the Jags’ struggles under Khan.

The Jacksonville Jaguars had yet another stinker Sunday, putting up just three points to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 27. The Jags’ only score would come on their first drive, which looked promising, but the Steelers eventually woke up on both sides of the ball.

The game was one where the Jags didn’t necessarily give up but simply couldn’t get much going, which has led to more negative talking points than positive. That said, here are the good, bad, and ugly moments from Sunday’s very lopsided loss:

Jaguars vs. Colts: 3 keys to Jacksonville victory

Week 1 is here! With Jaguars vs. Colts kicking off in just a few hours from now, here are three keys to a Jacksonville victory

The Jacksonville Jaguars’ and Indianapolis Colts’ rivalry was an interesting series in 2019. Both sides won a game apiece, but both wins looked remarkably comfortable. Nick Foles fell 33-13 to Indianapolis in one of his four starts in Jacksonville. Whilst in Week 17 Gardner Minshew II torched the Colts for three touchdowns in a 38-20 victory.

With the teams playing in the series opener, it is difficult to predict which way the game is going to go. Each team goes into the 2020 season looking different from the last time they took the field. The Colts have a new starting quarterback in Philip Rivers and former Pro Bowler DeForest Buckner, whilst the Jaguars team feels as though it’s made of entirely fresh faces having moved on from several starters throughout the offseason.

Starting the season, Jacksonville seems to be everyone’s favorites to pick first-overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, so a Week 1 victory could make many analysts second guess their season predictions. With Doug Marrone coaching for his job in 2020 and Dave Caldwell very much on the hot-seat, here are three things the Jaguars must do if they are to start the season with a victory.

Defend the run, please

In their defeat against Indianapolis last season, the Jaguars defense let two Colts go for over 100 yards on the ground. Yes, two. In fact over both games last season, Marlon Mack averaged 6.4 yards per carry, for a total of 186 yards and three touchdowns. That’s laughable.

It’s no secret that the Jaguars’ defensive line has been decimated by outgoings, injuries, and opt-outs, but this team simply has to defend the run better if it is going to win games this year. A key to this could be the performance of Taven Bryan, who had a solid game against Indy last December.

With the addition of Jonathan Taylor to the Colts’ backfield, defensive coordinator Todd Wash is going to have to do everything he can to shut down their ground game. Simply put, it might be significantly harder for the Colts to win this game if their offense has to run through a 38-year-old Philip Rivers, who many would argue is coming off the worst season of his career.

Don’t turn the ball over

Last year interceptions weren’t a major concern for Minshew. In fact, many fans pointed to his lack of picks as a reason he should have been considered for 2019 Offensive Rookie of the Year. By comparison, Minshew’s six picks were half the amount registered by Kyler Murray, who won the award.

Whilst interceptions aren’t a noted issue for Minshew, fumbles certainly are. The former Washington State signal-caller dropped the ball 13 times last year, seven of which were recovered by the other team. That kind of carelessness is a surefire way to hamper a team’s chances of winning.

More often than not, a quarterback fumbling will put his team in a worse position than an interception would, as it’s much further up-field. So to win this game, Minshew must keep the ball out of the opposition’s hands, and more importantly, off the floor.

Limit penalties

The lack of discipline by the Jags was on display for all to see last year, as the team ended up second in the league in penalties. A staggering 8.25 flags per game.

If the team wants to be successful, it simply has to cut out the mental errors and silly mistakes that plagued the team in 2019. The lack of a preseason may lead to more penalties across the league as players fight to regain their sharpness and acclimatize to meaningful reps.

If the Jaguars are to win games this year,  they must stamp out these errors early. It’s hard enough to win games in the NFL as it is, let alone doing it with referees marching a squad back 73 yards on average every week.

Jags will have 10 draft selections in 2021 once Yannick Ngakoue deal is official

While the cost was losing several Pro Bowlers, the Jags have the tools to get back on their feet quickly in 2021 after trading Ngakoue.

Finally, the Jacksonville Jaguars have pulled the trigger on a deal to trade Yannick Ngakoue to the Minnesota Vikings. Now, for the process to become official, all he simply has to do is sign his franchise tender and it will be a new chapter for all parties.

Once that happens, the Jags will get a 2021 second-round pick, giving them four picks in the first two rounds of next year’s draft. That would put them in a better situation quantity wise than they were in 2020, where they had two first-rounders and one second.

The Jags will also be getting a conditional 2022 fifth-round pick that could be a fourth-round pick if he goes to the Pro Bowl, or a third-rounder if he goes to the Pro Bowl and the Vikings win the Super Bowl.

In totality, the Jaguars will have 10 picks in next year’s draft. That would come after having 12 this year (all of which the Jags kept) and their 2021 list of selections would be as follows:

  • Their 2021 first-round selection
  • The Los Angeles Rams’ 2021 first-round selection (for Jalen Ramsey)
  • Their 2021 second-round selection
  • The Vikings’ 2021 second-round selection (for Ngakoue)
  • Their 2021 third-round selection
  • Their 2021 fourth-round selection
  • The Los Angeles Rams’ 2021 fourth-round selection (for Ramsey)
  • Their 2021 fifth-round selection
  • Their 2021 sixth-round selection
  • Their 2021 seventh-round selection

While it cost the Jags some young Pro Bowlers, Dave Caldwell or whoever is the Jags general manager in 2021 will have a lot to build with. Additionally, they will have a lot of cap space available next year as Over the Cap has them projected at $89,656,498, but that’s with a projected base amount of $215 million. With the salary cap set to decrease to a minimum of $175 million in 2021 (currently at $198.2 million) due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Jags at the most will have to deduct $23.2 million from OTC’s total. Still, it’s clear they will be in good shape financially.

When taking this all into consideration, the Jags could be back on their feet rather quickly. However, most would agree that it’s unfortunate they had to lose the amount of talent they did over the span of the last two seasons.

Dave Caldwell calls rumors about a Yannick Ngakoue trade ‘erroneous’

Dave Caldwell shut down any rumors of a Yannick Ngakoue trade happening anytime soon after sitting down with Sirius XM Radio.

As of late the rumor mill has been hot when it comes to Yannick Ngakoue, however, according to Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell, there are no plans to trade him. In an interview with Alex Marvez and Charles Davis of Sirius XM Radio, Caldwell called the rumors “erroneous” and added that the news caught him off guard.

Caldwell’s statements come after an offseason where Ngakoue declared he didn’t want a long-term deal with the Jags. Afterward, they franchised tagged him which further frustrated Ngakoue and caused him to demand a trade via Twitter in an exchange with Tony Khan. Despite all of the friction, however, the Jags didn’t trade the young defensive end during the draft or before the tag extension deadline due to no team meeting their request.

Caldwell added that both parties were in a “holding pattern” with each other, but remained in contact as Ngakoue has new representation. While that still leaves a lot of questions, it marks a little progress because the team was previously saying they hadn’t heard from Ngakoue.

On Wednesday, NFL insider Tom Pelissero stated that he believes the Jags want a “second-rounder and some change” based off the teams he’s spoken with who’ve contacted the Jags. He added that Ngakoue and the Jags’ relationship has “been better” since his change in representation, but said that Ngakoue still preferred to be traded.