FRANK FRANGIE: More insight into Jaguars defensive plans

FRANK FRANGIE: More insight into Jaguars defensive plans

By: Frank Frangie

This and that. …

Yesterday, I went and watched baseball, live baseball. Saw terrific young players in a youth travel tournament with players up to 14 years of age. Great weather, parents and fans cheering, umpires calling balls and strikes. There were line drives and popups, ground balls and bloopers, home runs and strikeouts. It was glorious.

Then I came home and watched the Charles Schwab Challenge on TV. Yep, live PGA Tour Golf. Jim Nantz on the call. Coming home to watch Jim Nantz on the call is pretty good.

And at night, took the wife to dinner. Great dinner at a great restaurant. An actual date night.

For the first time in who knows how long, life felt normal. Normal was nice. We’re a long way from the normal we once knew. Professional sporting events still haven’t welcomed back fans, some sports still aren’t sure how they will resume or even start. We’re on the way back, but this is just part of the journey. We’re probably not yet all that close to the final destination.

But for once, you could REALLY feel the progress. I hope we remain cautious, wearing masks when we can, getting tested when it is necessary, following guidelines as faithfully as we have been. But, man, it was nice to enjoy a weekend that felt like weekends used to feel. Or at least closer to it. …

In a Zoom call with media Friday, Jags defensive coordinator Todd Wash pumped the brakes on the thought that the Jags would go to a full 3-4 defensive scheme. He made the point the team was not built to be a two-gap defense, which means more area to cover for the down linemen.

But based on prior comments from head coach Doug Marrone, I still sense that when the Jags are in base you will see a bunch of “50 front”, meaning five guys on the line of scrimmage when the ball is snapped. In that case, one of the outside guys — technically the Sam linebacker, will be in a two-point stance, not a three-point. I’m assuming that will be K’Lavon Chaisson.

What I don’t get a feel for yet is whether the other outside guy, I’m assuming Josh Allen, is standing or has a hand on the ground. Either way, the most important thing is will they be a faster, more attacking defense at all times. I think they will. We’ll see. …

Three pre-season football magazines — Athlon, Lindy’s and Street and Smith — all have Florida unseating Georgia and winning the SEC East. I think the Gators will be very good. Georgia also has a much tougher league schedule because the Bulldogs play at Alabama. And Florida returns its quarterback, Kyle Trask, who I think is really good.

Georgia has to break in a new quarterback, has a new offensive coordinator which means a new scheme. And didn’t have spring practice to help with the transition. I get it. I get it all.

But I’m still not ready to give the Gators the nod. Not yet, any way. You have to earn that, and Georgia has been one of the nation’s elite programs for awhile now. The Bulldogs have had 5-stars sitting behind 5-stars. I don’t expect that part to change. And the Gators haven’t beaten the Dawgs in quite awhile.

Florida is in a really good place. Really good team, really good coach. Lots of momentum. The Gators seem as playoff ready as they have been since college football went to the four-team tournament. But I’ll probably pick Georgia until Florida proves otherwise. …

I think the gap between Clemson and the rest of the ACC is probably as big as any one team to the other teams in the same league as I’ve ever seen. Maybe even bigger than the gap between FSU and the other ACC teams in the 90s.

USC formerly dominated the PAC 12, but Oregon and Washington had their moments, Stanford, too. Florida and Alabama have had dynastic stretches in the SEC, but Florida always had to battle a good Tennessee team in the 90s and a good Bama team during the Urban years. Bama has LSU and, at first, had Florida. Auburn seems to play the Tide tough.

Ohio State is clearly the cream of the Big 10, has been for awhile. But at least Michigan, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Penn State have the resources and capability to catch the Buckeyes at some point.

But until FSU comes back – and it will at some point – and possibly Miami, Clemson will have virtually no resistance in the league. …

I miss Bennigan’s. Bennigan’s rocked …

I’m only a so-so NBA fan, but I think I will be so locked in when the league resumes play in Orlando in late July. I guess because we’ve been without sports for so long, we appreciate some more than we have in the past. I can’t wait. …

Florida was the big winner after the shortened MLB draft of only five rounds. The top two starting pitchers — Tommy Mace and Jack Leftwich — both went undrafted. In a draft of even 10 rounds, which was discussed at one point, both surely would have been taken and in all likelihood signed. But neither was taken in the five-rounder and both have implied they are coming back to school.

The biggest surprise to me of the two is Mace. He throws very hard, is listed at 6-foot-6 – some say he is just a hair under 6-7 – and professional teams tend to fall in love with those measurables. But apparently didn’t this time. …

Meanwhile, I’m not at all surprised JU pitcher Trent Palmer went in the third round to the Blue Jays at 77 overall. Scouts absolutely love the guy.

He will join Trinity Christian and Vanderbilt product Austin Martin, who went fifth overall, and FSU pitcher CJ Van Eyk in the Blue Jays system, assuming all sign. Former Sandalwood pitcher Sean Reid-Foley has already made it to the bigs with Toronto, so there could be a bunch of area guys playing north of the border. …

CBS has done a great job with the Schwab, by the way. You barely notice that fans aren’t there. The broadcast, despite using trucks and control rooms all over the globe, has been as good as ever.

The only thing that surprised me is that field reporter Amanda Balionis, who is so good, is working from her home in San Diego. She is doing phone/zoom interviews and then relaying what she learned in those interviews on camera from her home to add human interest stories. I would have expected her to be on site. …

Looking forward to watching the latest of ESPN’s series of Sunday night documentaries tonight, this one on the home run chase of McGwire and Sosa. Intrigued like crazy, but with mixed feelings. I want to learn more, I always do. And I begrudgingly admit the “chicks dig the long ball” campaign brought needed eyes to the sport when it was really fading.

But I still hate that chemically enhanced baseball players tarnished some of the most important stats in a history-rich sport in which stats mean so much. Yeah, I know, that’s an old guy take. What can I say, I’m an old guy. But to me, Maris is still the single-season record-holder for home runs with 61 and Hank Aaron the career record-holder with 755. Sorry, just how I feel.

But I’ll watch. And because they do such a good job with these things, I’ll be totally locked in. …

I miss Steak and Ale. And I miss Frisch’s Big Boy. But I don’t miss Kenny Rogers Roasters. It was awful …

In the latest MLB negotiations … ah, never mind.

Cheers.