Jaguars Passing Game Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer with quarterbacks (16) Trevor Lawrence and (3) C.J. Beathard on the practice fields outside TIAA Bank Field during the Jacksonville Jaguars  mandatory veterans minicamp session Monday morning, June 14, 2021.

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Jags’ Brian Schottenheimer: ‘Too early’ to name starting QB

Jacksonville passing-game coordinator and quarterbacks coach Brian Schottenheimer said Wednesday that No. 1 pick Trevor Lawrence hasn’t locked up the Jaguars’ starting job … yet.

“It’s still too early to say how this thing’s going to play out,” Schottenheimer said, according to ESPN.

Too early for Schottenheimer, perhaps, but all signs point to the former Clemson quarterback being under center when the Jaguars kick off the season at Houston on Sept. 12.

Lawrence is the overwhelming favorite to be the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year at +300 at PointsBet.

The 6-foot-6 Lawrence is regarded as a generational talent and the 21-year-old face of the franchise, which drafted him with the No. 1 overall pick on April 29.

He was 34-2 as a three-year starter at Clemson, completing 66.6 percent of his passes for 10,098 yards with 90 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Lawrence led the Tigers to the College Football Playoff national championship as a 2018 freshman.

The other quarterbacks on first-year head coach Urban Meyer’s roster are Gardner Minshew II, C.J. Beathard and Jake Luton.

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August 10, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Daniel Ross (93) before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars sign DT Daniel Ross

The Jacksonville Jaguars signed defensive tackle Daniel Ross on Friday. Terms were not disclosed.

Ross, 28, played in Jacksonville’s final two games last season after being acquired off waivers from the Las Vegas Raiders.

He has 27 tackles, two sacks, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble in 21 career games with the Dallas Cowboys (2017-18), Raiders and Jaguars.

The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Ross was undrafted in 2017 out of Northeast Mississippi Community College.

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Dec 15, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Tyson Alualu (94) is introduced before playing the Buffalo Bills at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Steelers DT Tyson Alualu staying in Pittsburgh

Defensive tackle Tyson Alualu has decided to forego an offer from the Jacksonville Jaguars and stick with the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to reports.

Terms of the deal were not available.

Alualu, 33, had agreed to a two-year, $6 million deal with the Jaguars earlier in March, but apparently changed his mind after testing positive for COVID-19 and quarantining for 10 days.

He reportedly accepted the Steelers’ original offer, which was slightly lower than Jacksonville’s, according to ESPN.

Alualu, who was drafted 10th overall by the Jaguars in 2010, joined the Steelers as a free agent in 2017 after seven years in Jacksonville.

Starting 10 of 15 games last season, Alualu finished with 38 tackles, four tackles for loss, two sacks and a forced fumble.

In 172 career games (109 starts), Alualu has 398 tackles, 46 tackles for loss and 24.5 sacks.

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Jan 3, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard (3) against the Seattle Seahawks at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Jags sign QB C.J. Beathard to 2-year, $5M deal

The Jacksonville Jaguars are signing former San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard to a two-year, $5 million deal plus incentives, NFL Network reported Wednesday.

A third-round draft pick in 2017, Beathard went 2-10 as a starter with the 49ers and completed 58.6 percent of his passes for 3,469 yards with 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He ran for 233 yards and four scores.

Beathard appeared in six games with two starts (1-1 record) last year, passing for 787 yards with six touchdowns, zero interceptions and a 105.7 quarterback rating.

He is likely headed for a backup role with the Jaguars, who are widely expected to draft Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall pick next month.

Adding Beathard, 27, could signal that Jacksonville and first-year head coach Urban Meyer are planning to trade quarterback Gardner Minshew.

A sixth-round selection in 2019, Minshew is 7-13 as a starter (1-7 last season). He has completed 62.9 percent of his passes for 5,530 yards with 37 TDs and 11 picks.

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Feb 2, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Former football head coach Urban Meyer on the sidelines of Super Bowl LIV between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Fritz Pollard Alliance criticizes Urban Meyer’s hiring of Chris Doyle

The Fritz Pollard Alliance criticized the Jacksonville Jaguars and new head coach Urban Meyer for hiring Chris Doyle, a former strength coach at the University of Iowa who allegedly made racist and derogatory comments to players, as the Jaguars’ director of sports performance.

Fritz Pollard Alliance executive director Rod Graves called the hire “unacceptable” and said it’s the latest example of the issues minority coaches must overcome to get NFL jobs.

“At a time when the NFL has failed to solve its problem with racial hiring practices, it is simply unacceptable to welcome Chris Doyle into the ranks of NFL coaches,” Graves’ statement read. “Doyle’s departure from the University of Iowa reflected a tenure riddled with poor judgment and mistreatment of Black players. His conduct should be as disqualifying for the NFL as it was for University of Iowa.

“Urban Meyer’s statement, ‘I’ve known Chris for close to 20 years reflects the good ol’ boy network that is precisely the reason there is such a disparity in employment opportunities for Black coaches.”

Comprised of scouts, coaches and front office personnel in the NFL as well as other sports professionals, the Fritz Pollard Alliance is a charitable organization focused on promoting diversity within the NFL.

The Jaguars announced on Thursday the hiring of Doyle, who had served as the Hawkeyes director of strength and conditioning from 1999 until last summer. The two parted ways after several former Hawkeyes went public with the way they were mistreated during their time in Iowa City.

The NFL and the Jaguars have not responded to a request for comment by NFL Network.

Several Black players alleged that Doyle and other coaches used racist language towards them, while a former offensive lineman, who is Caucasian, said Doyle and other coaches made fun of his learning disability.

Doyle claimed he never said anything inappropriate.

“At no time have I ever crossed the line of unethical behavior or bias based upon race,” he wrote on Twitter after the allegations against him surfaced. “I do not make racist comments and I don’t tolerate people who do.”

However, Meyer said his background check into Doyle, as well as their conversations and longtime relationship, convinced him Doyle wouldn’t cause any issues in Jacksonville.

“I vet everyone on our staff and like I said, the relationship goes back close to 20 years and a lot of hard questions asked, a lot of vetting involved with all our staff,” Meyer said. “We did a very good job vetting that one.

“… I met with our staff and I’m going to be very transparent with all the players like I am with everything. I’ll listen closely and learn, and also there’s going to have to be some trust in their head coach that we’re going to give them the very best of the best, and time will tell. … The allegations that took place, I will say (to the players) I vetted him. I know the person for close to 20 years and I can assure them there will be nothing of any sort in the Jaguar facility.”

The University of Iowa placed Doyle on administrative leave on June 6, and the school and Doyle announced on June 14 that his time with the Hawkeyes was over.

Doyle, who was the country’s highest-paid strength coach at $800,000 annually, received 15 months’ salary, in addition to he and his family receiving benefits from Iowa for 15 months, or until he landed another job.

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Sep 8, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; General view of Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) helmet on the bench prior to the game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Kansas City Chiefs at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars hire ex-Iowa strength coach Chris Doyle

The Jacksonville Jaguars introduced Chris Doyle as their director of sport performance Thursday, eight months after his tumultuous exit from the University of Iowa.

The longtime Hawkeyes strength coach was placed on leave by the school last June after several former players said he contributed to a dysfunctional culture for Black players.

Doyle, 52, and the university agreed to a separation agreement on June 15 that reportedly paid him $1.1 million.

Jaguars coach Urban Meyer said he had no reservations with tabbing the controversial Doyle for the position.

“I’ve known Chris for close to 20 years …” Meyer said during a video press conference. “He was doing sports performance before sports performance became a high priority in college sports. So I’ve known him, I’ve studied him, we’ve had a relationship.

“I’ve vetted him, along with our general manager and owner. I feel great about the hire, about his expertise at that position. So we vetted him thoroughly … I wanted to get the best of the best.”

Pressed about the hire, Meyer repeated the franchise’s vetting of Doyle and said he was “very confident” there would be no issues.

Doyle had been part of Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz’s staff since 1999. He was previously the strength coach at Utah (1998) and Wisconsin (1996-97).

Jacksonville officially introduced the entirety of Meyer’s staff on Thursday, including offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, defensive coordinator Joe Cullen and special teams coordinator Brian Schneider.

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Dec 13, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone talks on his headset during the second quarter against the Tennessee Titans at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars fire Marrone

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone was fired Monday after the team finished the 2020 season with a 1-15 record.

The Jaguars went 23-43 in four-plus seasons under Marrone. A coaching change completes a hard reset of the management structure of the franchise that included president of football operations Tom Coughlin and general manager Dave Caldwell.

Jacksonville lost 15 consecutive games to end the season and owns the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 draft.

“As the search for our general manager continues, now the quest begins to find a head coach who shares my ambition for the Jaguars and our fans, whose loyalty and faith are overdue to be rewarded,” Jaguars owner Shad Khan said.

Marrone finished the 2016 season as the Jaguars’ interim head coach following the ouster of Gus Bradley.

Coughlin was hired in January 2017 along with Marrone. Coughlin was fired in December 2019 but Khan decided to retain Marrone and Caldwell at the end of last season with a clear understanding of expectations.

But the Jaguars continued to purge the roster of top talent, trading away the likes of cornerback Jalen Ramsey (October 2019), cornerback A.J. Bouye and defensive lineman Calais Campbell and releasing former top-10 pick Leonard Fournette.

Jacksonville’s roster needs are many, starting with a franchise-caliber quarterback.

Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence is thought to be the top player in the 2021 draft and could help solve some of the team’s concerns on offense.

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Sep 15, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone reacts during the second half against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Meyer a target to replace Marrone at Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Jaguars “will likely” fire head coach Doug Marrone after Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts, with former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer his possible replacement, NFL Network reported Saturday.

The potential firing, however, comes with a wait-and-see approach. Reports last year also suggested that Marrone would be fired after the season and that personnel move never came to fruition.

The Jaguars have gone 1-14 this season, far worse than their 6-10 mark of a season ago. In four-plus seasons under the 56-year-old Marrone, Jacksonville is 23-42. He was hired after Week 14 of the 2016 season.

The Jaguars did win the AFC South in 2017, Marrone’s first full season, and won a pair of playoff games before falling 24-20 to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.

The Jaguars are on the verge of landing the No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, and the potential hiring of Meyer would be interesting timing. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence has been predicted as the No. 1 overall selection, although Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields could be Jacksonville’s desired pick.

Fields was recruited to Ohio State by Meyer. Ohio State and Fields defeated Clemson and Lawrence 49-28 in Friday’s CFP Semifinal and will face Alabama in the championship game on Jan. 11 at Miami Gardens, Fla.

Meyer, 56, went 83-9 in his seven years at Ohio State, leaving after the 2018 season for health reasons. Ryan Day took over as head coach of the Buckeyes. Day is also considered “a potential target” of the Jaguars if Meyer elects to stay retired, NFL Network reported.

Meyer was 187-32 overall going back to 2001 with head coaching jobs at Bowling Green (2001-02), Utah (2003-04), Florida (2005-10) and Ohio State (2012-18).

–Field Level Media