Which potential available QBs fit with John DeFilippo’s offense?
Which quarterbacks that may be available this offense fit in the offensive game plan new OC John DiFilippo will use run with the Jacksonville Jaguars?
Like a storm hovering over TIAA Bank Field, the question of who will be the next QB for the Jacksonville Jaguars looms large over the organization. With the hiring of offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, many fans of the Black and Teal are speculating who will be under center running the offense come week one for the big cats.
Which signal caller can help the offense rise from the ashes after a dreadful 2018 season?
Nick Foles – By far the most talked about quarterback in relation to the Jaguars, Nick Foles, and the team reportedly “share a mutual interest.” Most speculation on Foles to the Jaguars comes from the history that the Super Bowl MVP and DeFilippo share.
As quarterbacks coach for the Philadelphia Eagles during their Super Bowl-winning season, DeFilippo can take some credit for the performance of Foles throughout the latter part of the 2017 regular season and playoffs.
The job Foles did earn DeFilippo an offensive coordinator gig with the Minnesota Vikings the very next season.
The offense would be better from the start here in Jacksonville.
While Nick Foles won’t be the future quarterback for the Jaguars, he serves as a good bridge for a young quarterback the Jaguars will more than likely target in the 2019 or 2020 NFL draft. Even so, Foles and DeFilippo would be a good combo that shares a Super Bowl title.
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Eli Manning – Speculation for Eli Manning began when the Jaguars brought on former New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin to serve as Vice President of Football Operations for the Jaguars.
The truth is: As long as Tom Coughlin is with the team, Manning’s name will be relevant. And Since Manning ran Coughlin’s offense in New York, it still may be a good match.
But, Manning and DeFilippo go back from over a decade ago. In his first NFL gig, DeFilippo served as an Offensive Quality Control coach for the New York Giants — Manning’s second and third season with the team.
The Giants are also a team in need of a young quarterback, so it wouldn’t be shocking to see the team attempt to trade their 38-year-old quarterback in the effort to add another young piece to a versatile offense that already boasts wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr, and running back Saquon Barkley.
The question is whether or not the Jaguars will take the bait.
Josh McCown – In 2007 (Oakland Raiders) and 2015 (Cleveland Browns), DeFilippo worked with Josh McCown, serving as offensive coordinator for the Browns.
Being an unrestricted free agent in 2019, the Jaguars could give McCown a contract and add to their quarterback depth. Set to be 40-years-old once the 2019 season kicks off, McCown would serve as a good teacher for whichever young quarterback the Jaguars elect to draft in 2019 or 2020.
McCown is proven to be a good teacher for the young quarterbacks for what he’s done with current New York Jets starting quarterback Sam Darnold.
Mark Sanchez – An unrestricted free agent in 2019, a Mark Sanchez signing would be nothing more than adding some flavor to a quarterback depth chart highly in need of it.
But while with the Jets in 2009, DeFilippo was quarterbacks coach the year the Jets made their AFC Conference Championship run.
Case Keenum – While Case Keenum and DeFilippo have not spent any time in the league together, Keenum could be on the Jaguars’ radar after the Denver Broncos traded for Joe Flacco — a sigh of relief for Jaguars fans.
Keenum struggled in 2018 with the Broncos, but his Cinderella story 2017 season with the Minnesota Vikings could be enough for the Jaguars to place an offer for the 30-year-old quarterback.
Derek Carr – All the quarterbacks listed thus far are considered to be supplemental players for the Jaguars until they find their guy for the future.
But, Derek Carr could be the quarterback to lead the Jaguars to the future if they can acquire him. The former second-round pick has struggled since leading the Raiders to the playoffs in 2017.
With the way the Raiders’ front office is dealing quality players in exchange for picks so head coach John Gruden can create his own team, the Raiders might be willing to give up Carr for the right price.