Mark Brunell: After worst season ever, Jaguars fans have reason for optimism
Sounds odd to say that after the season we just witnessed, but it’s the best I’ve felt about this team in a long, long time. We knew it was going to be a tough season, but it was unwatchable at times. The Jaguars didn’t have the talent on the roster to be competitive week after week. For the first time in a long time this morning, it’s really exciting to look forward to 2021 as a Jaguars fan. In a season where the Jaguars mastered losing, the future feels like a win.
Mark Brunell: GM and coaching hires are huge in developing Trevor Lawrence
Thanks to the Jets’ surprising resurgence, that means Jacksonville is positioned to draft that guy, Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence. You’ve got to put a staff together to make sure they develop Trevor Lawrence and help him be the best quarterback he can be. He’s going to need some good coaching, some good teaching in the NFL. Looking at Trevor Lawrence, I don’t see a glaring weakness at all. As excited as I am about Trevor Lawrence, for me, there’s still a long, long way to go to put him in a situation where he can be everything you want in a franchise quarterback.
Mark Brunell: Jaguars’ loss to Ravens was their worst performance of a miserable season
In a season of misery, I can say that that performance against Baltimore was the worst of them all. I think we all just witnessed the worst loss in a season filled with losses. If you look solely at his numbers (22 of 29 passing, 226 yards, two touchdowns), they look good. While the Jaguars weren’t winning games, they were at least competitive mostly deep into the second half. The Jaguars might get a touchdown or two, but they’re not winning games with this current offensive lineup.
Mark Brunell: Where was the effort against the Titans?
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – I don’t think anyone expected the Jaguars to win on Sunday against the Titans. I know Doug Marrone didn’t announce his decision after the game, but I can’t imagine going back to Glennon at this point. In all likelihood, it’s going to be Minshew starting these next three games and the teams seeing what he can do. You’re not going to see any of those players, Glennon, Jake Luton or Minshew, here long term. The Jaguars have three games left to change that direction, where it’s not the worst season we’ve ever had.
Mark Brunell: Jaguars need to give Gardner Minshew another shot
Why not think about going back to Gardner Minshew and see if he can get things moving. We’ve seen Luton. We haven’t seen Minshew since the Chargers game and he was playing with breaks in his thumb. I thought Glennon played well in last week’s 27-25 loss to the Browns. If Marrone rolls the dice once more with Glennon, and unless he shows significant improvement, the Jaguars need to go back to Minshew.
Mark Brunell: Packers tried to give a win away, but Jaguars wouldn’t take it
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The good news: The Jaguars played better than they have for most of the season in Sunday’s 24-20 loss to the Packers. The bad news: The Packers played shaky football and gave the Jaguars every opportunity to win a game and they still couldn’t win. And a relatively good day for the Jaguars — by Jaguars standards, anyway — tells you where things are. Bad teams just can’t find a way to get it done. There were a lot of good things that happened on Sunday for the Jaguars.
Mark Brunell: Jaguars should see what they have in QB Jake Luton
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It’s still a loss, but the Jaguars didn’t play like a team that’s going in the tank on Sunday against the Texans. But I want to focus on the quarterback spot and the play from rookie quarterback Jake Luton, a sixth-round pick from Oregon State. Luton got DJ Chark back into the mix and Chark had been off the radar for weeks and out of sync with Minshew. I think that Luton, with what he showed against the Texans, certainly has earned another week of starting. I think the Jaguars should give him another chance and see what he can do.
Mark Brunell: Not many changes Jaguars can make to turn things around
Is this where the Jaguars make wholesale changes and shake things up to turn things around for the second half of the season? At this point, I don’t know what else there is to do for the Jaguars. I saw the report earlier Sunday about the Jaguars potentially pulling Gardner Minshew and playing backup Mike Glennon. I don’t think Doug Marrone wants to do that. I don’t think Marrone should replace Minshew and I don’t think he will.
Mark Brunell: Minshew and Jaguars offense going backwards
That’s five straight losses for the Jaguars and Sunday’s 34-16 clunker may have been the worst among all those defeats. We know the defense struggles, but you can’t score 16 points in the NFL and expect to win. I know the defense gave up nearly 200 yards on the ground and a lot of points, but this loss was on the offense. I think the overall consensus at this point is that Minshew is not a franchise quarterback. We know the defense is going to give up points week after week.
Mark Brunell: Jaguars season starting to feel like a broken record
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The phrase that keeps running through my head as I break down another Jaguars loss is the same as it was last week. The Texans came into this game winless and averaging 20 points per game. The Jaguars made an 0-4 team look good. Jacksonville made a winless Cincinnati team with a rookie quarterback and a terrible offensive line look good. It would be one thing if Jacksonville was losing games during 35-30 shootouts week after week.
Mark Brunell: More of the same in another forgettable loss
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Another bad loss and more of the same in how it looked. Asking a young offense to go up and down the field and swap touchdown for touchdown isn’t fair. But now, he’s four games into his NFL career and he’s been sacked 14 times in three games. This offense is still young and evolving and Gardner Minshew II isn’t quite there yet as a fully developed quarterback. The past two week’s he’s been jumpy in the pocket and not really settled back there.
Mark Brunell: Jaguars take a big step back with listless showing against Dolphins
We had some big games, big wins on Monday Night Football. We had some big games and big wins on Thursday nights and on Sunday nights. And then to come out and play like that, on national TV, no less, was a major step back for the Jaguars. Thursday night was a big step back. A big step back.
Mark Brunell: Loss to Titans stings, but showcases potential of Jaguars
No one, myself included, gave the Jaguars a shot to beat Tennessee on the road Sunday. They lost 33-30 in a game that you know the Jaguars probably should have won. But Jacksonville went toe-to-toe with the Titans, a team that played in the AFC championship game last season and gave them everything they could handle. Even after the first quarter when the Jaguars were struggling, Minshew just forgets about the bad plays. I don’t know if you ever really stop Derrick Henry, but they certainly neutralized him (25 carries, 84 yards).
Mark Brunell: Rookies shine, Minshew stands out in a great opening week
We’ve heard so much about how bad this team is supposed to be and the players hear that, too. Until you get those young players in game action, you just don’t know how they’re going to perform. As young as the Jaguars are and rookies are playing like they did against the Colts, that is very comforting for me going forward. There were three times during the game where I saw a significant change in how Minshew performed compared to last year. Winning in Week 1 doesn’t change my long-term outlook for the Jaguars this season.
Mark Brunell: Jaguars must rally together to prove critics wrong
On Tuesday nights virtual edition of the Mark Brunell Show, Brunell told News4Jax insiders that in the locker room, the lowe expectations can be used to pull the team together. A lot of people are calling it tanking," Brunell said. "I dont think theres tanking going on. Players dont tank. Just we dont know we saw glimpses last year.
Jaguars roster analysis: Young, inexperienced, lacking stars
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. The Jaguars set their roster at 53 after making cuts Saturday. One thing is clear, whether you call it a rebuild, blowing up the roster, or a youth movement, this is a very young team, one that needs stars to emerge in 2020. Add to that eight players who were rookies last year, and the Jaguars have 24 players out of 53 who have played one year in the NFL or fewer. Im a firm believer that if you have a young quarterback and in our case, we do have a young quarterback and Gardner Minshew. On a Monday, I would obviously go to the roster, and I would start with the secondary, Brunell said.
Mark Brunell Show kicks off season with virtual show
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Tuesday night saw the season debut of the Mark Brunell Show. During an exclusive digital event that included select News4Jax insiders in the live virtual audience, Brunell discussed the departure of Leonard Fournette. Things that have gone on in the locker room things that were not privy to but you know, Cole, youve heard things, Ive heard things that dysfunction that has existed for some time now, Brunell said. I wish you didnt ask that question.The next Mark Brunell show, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8, will once again be a digital event. When the regular season begins, the Mark Brunell Show will return to the airwaves on CW-17 beginning at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15.
With sports coming back on TV, fans begin to gather together again
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. When things are hopping, like on a Monday night during the Mark Brunell Show, this is what Sneakers Sports Grille looks like. But, as it was for all restaurants for nearly two months, THIS is what Sneakers looked like. We got quite a few calls today about people wanting to know who was showing it, Sneakers Chef Tommy McCoy said. Our response is that people are excited for any kind of sporting event.McCoy says the weeks without work were hard. Were not taking it for granted anymore," McCoy said.
Psychological and physical toll of a losing season
Psychological and physical toll of a losing seasonPublished: December 30, 2019, 6:36 pmIf the Jaguars' season had you pulling your hair out, it’s all normal, according to Dr. Tracy Alloway, who spoke with Eden Kendall during an interview for "The Mark Brunell Show."
Mark Brunell 'very surprised' Marrone, Caldwell could return
Mark Brunell 'very surprised' Marrone, Caldwell could returnPublished: December 23, 2019, 7:19 pmWATCH: On "The Mark Brunell Show" Monday evening, Mark Brunell reacted to the possibility of the Jaguars retaining head coach Doug Marrone and general manager Dave Caldwell.
Mark Brunell: Season is mercifully coming to a close
Especially after watching another real bad team beat our real bad team. We’ve seen it before throughout this forgettable season. I could also write about what there is to look forward to next season. Just another real bad day that we’ve seen all too often. That’s probably best with the 2019 season going as it has.
Mark Brunell: Win is nice, but big changes still on the horizon
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jaguars needed something to go their way in the worst possible way. The Jaguars needed a win. The Jaguars had been playing arguably the worst football in the league over the past five and a half weeks. A win was nice, and it was needed. I just don’t think the Jaguars can do anything at this point to change what’s on the horizon.
A man with autism asked a question. Watch how the Jaguars answered
A local man with autism asked a question and people from around the world, including the Jacksonville Jaguars, stepped up to answer it. David Bloch, who is a huge Jaguars fan, and his family visited “The Mark Brunell Show” last week. “Would someone like me?” pic.twitter.com/vw1DMQN9s8 — kerry bloch (@dsmom58) October 30, 2019Kerry said David received thousands of well-wishes. The video includes messages for David from Jaguars owner Shad Khan and players. It’s Leonard Fournette with the Jacksonville Jaguars and we like you and we love you.
Mark Brunell: Not the showing we were hoping for
Seven games to play with a good shot at getting a wildcard spot in the playoffs. A win against the Colts would’ve kept the Jaguars in contention. Not impossible, of course, but it’s highly unlikely that the Jaguars have a chance for the postseason. Nick Foles had a good first drive, but regressed after that first touchdown pass to D.J. And if there ever was a game this season that the team needed to win, next Sunday against the Titans is it.
Mark Brunell & Myles Jack reveal favorite Halloween costumes,...
Asking a question that was no doubt on the minds of all Jaguars fans, a young boy took the spotlight during The Mark Brunell Show on Monday night when he asked Brunell and Myles Jack about their... Copyright 2019 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.
Gardner Minshew creates pair of jorts for fan on The Mark Brunell Show
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Back by popular demand, Gardner Minshew made his second special appearance Monday evening on The Mark Brunell Show. The Jaguars rookie quarterback has his own kind of style -- and he was willing to share while on the show. He created a pair of jorts, on the spot, for one fan by trimming the man's jeans with a pair of scissors. Seeing it down here, it really is awesome," said Minshew, who joined teammate Myles Jack News4Jax sports anchor and reporter Cole Pepper on the show. When Minshew made his debut on The Mark Brunell Show last week, his goal was to get better after Week 2's heartbreaking loss to the Texans.
Teal the Podcast | Should the Jaguars trade Jalen Ramsey?
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - With the Jaguars preparing for a Thursday night game against Tennessee, Jalen Ramsey's agent has requested a trade. Should the Jaguars comply? Mark, Cole Pepper, Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack and 1010 XL's Jeff Prosser discuss. Plus, Mark goes one-on-one with Jaguars' quarterback Gardner Minshew. Copyright 2019 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.
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Reservation information: Get up close and personal at the Mark Brunell Show! We will be pulling 4 lucky entrants each week to win a VIP table at the Mark Brunell Show, Monday's from 7-8 PM at Sneakers Sports Grille Jacksonville Beach. Note: Each winner can have up to 5 guests at their table. Winners will be contacted by Sneakers the Friday before the next Monday's live broadcast. If you are contacted, you must confirm with Sneakers by close of business that Friday.
Mark Brunell inducted into the University of Washington Athletics Hall Of Fame
SEATTLE, Wash. – News4Jax sports analyst and former Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell was inducted into the University of Washington athletics Hall of Fame Sunday. "I truly feel honored to be inducted into the Husky hall of fame," said Brunell. The award is the program’s oldest and most prestigious team award given to the most inspirational player on the football team. After his time with the Huskies, Brunell went on to play 17 seasons in the NFL, including nine seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Brunell is an all-time passing leader in Jacksonville, leading the Jaguars in passing yards (25,698), passing touchdowns (144) and games played for a quarterback (120).