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Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone introduced himself to two more tight ends this week Akeem Spence Jersey , continuing the team's unsettling trend at the position.The Jaguars (4-6) have their top three tight ends — James O'Shaughnessy, Geoff Swaim and rookie Josh Oliver — on injured reserve and have another one unlikely to play this week because of injury.It's the second straight season that Marrone has endured turmoil at the spot that's become increasingly important to NFL offenses."Usually when that happens, you are not going to win a lot of games and you are in trouble," Marrone said Wednesday. "It is tough to have that run and be successful."The lack of continuity at the tight end position has been a big part of Jacksonville's offensive inconsistency, second only to quarterback play. Ten tight ends have caught passes for the Jags over the last two seasons, and none of them made a significant impact in any game.A combination of poor planning and even worse luck landed Jacksonville in this predicament.Personnel chief Tom Coughlin and general manager Dave Caldwell talked about trying to upgrade the position in 2017 — they cut oft-injured veteran Julius Thomas and believed Marcedes Lewis was nearing the end of his career — but nothing materialized in the draft or in free agency.They stuck with Lewis, who started every game and caught 24 passes for 318 yards and five touchdowns at age 33 in 2017. He had another score in the AFC title game against New England.Not much has gone right for the Jags at tight end since.They signed free agent Austin Seferian-Jenkins to a two-year, $10 million contract in 2018 and added fellow veteran Niles Paul. Coughlin cut Lewis less than a week later, parting ways after the player's agent balked at the money committed to Seferian-Jenkins.Lewis signed with Green Bay later that month and has played in all 26 games for the Packers since.Seferian-Jenkins and Paul, meanwhile, landed on injured reserve by the middle of October 2018 and haven't played in the league since. The Jaguars ended up going with David Grinnage, O'Shaughnessy and Blake Bell down the stretch last year.They've already used five tight ends this season, with two more likely to make their Jacksonville debuts Sunday at Tennessee (5-5).They signed Swaim in free agency and selected Oliver in the third round of the NFL draft, taking two swings to fix the team's least-productive position.But Oliver pulled a hamstring in training camp, missed two months, struggled in four games and landed on IR with a back issue Monday. O'Shaughnessy (knee) and Geoff Swaim (concussion/ankle) have been there for weeks.Seth DeValve, claimed off waivers from Cleveland in early September, would be the next in line. But he missed last week's game with an oblique injury and hasn't practice this week A.J. Derby Jersey , either. That leaves Ben Koyack as the only familiar face available to Nick Foles.Jacksonville responded by signing former Buffalo and Miami tight end Nick O'Leary off the street, promoting rookie Charles Jones from the practice squad and adding Matt Sokol to the practice squad. The additions meant more meet-and-greets for Marrone."When you're going through that position, guys coming up or coming off the street and things like that, it's challenging offensively," Marrone said. "It's a challenge for us as coaches."These are the guys that we have, and we have to put them in the best position. It might not be a comfort level for us or it might be some out-of-the-box thinking, but we've got to find a way to put these guys in good position where we can get the most out of the guys that are around them and what we can do with the guys that are here." Happy New Year Dolphins’ fans! I think some of you will agree with me when I say, thank goodness this season is over. Don’t get me wrong, I’m going to miss going to games and seeing all my many football friends. This team is a huge part of my life, but I got to the point I was almost embarrassed to even wear Dolphins’ gear out. I still did and do, obliviously, but our team was bad. Embarrassing. I’m going to miss watching our team, but thank goodness it’s over. We had a rough year fans and now we have a long off-season to see what will happen next for our team. I’m a day late with my weekly article because I needed time to process everything. My emotions have been all over the place. I know I’m not alone with these feelings. We’ve all been frustrated. All you want, as a fan, is to watch your team succeed. We want to win games. We want to watch our team win a Super Bowl (I’m only 36 so I would like to witness one in my lifetime like my dad and others did) and we want to watch them win another one. Remember, we used to be good. We just want a winning franchise. I think we will one day, but we’re gonna have to go through a few rough years of rebuilding to get there. Buckle your seat belts, because it’s going to be a bumpy ride. I was unsure about firing Adam Gase. I liked him. I think he will be successful with another team Josh Sitton Jersey , but after processing everything, it was time to part ways. He was respected by the players, but if we really want to rebuild we need a new head coach. Ross said in his press conference he wants someone who wants to win. He wants a young team that we can build around.I think with Chris Grier in charge we’ll get one. I hope. It’s all we can do, right? Just cross our fingers and hope for the best. It may take us a couple of years to get there, but it will be worth it when it happens fans. It’s going to be a rough few years, but you know, we’re Miami Dolphins’ fans. We’ll get through it. We’ve been through worse. 2018 SeasonI posted this at the end of our humiliating game on Sunday. Yes, I will always be that person that thinks, “Maybe next year”. Well, probably 2020-2021 but still. We had a losing season, but boy did I have some good times. I was part of NFL History with the longest NFL game. I spent 12 hours at Hard Rock stadium. It was worth every second. I drove to Cincinnati, with my dad, to witness our team fall apart. My friend made it on television with me that game. That alone made that trip worth it (even with the dreaded 7 hour drive home after the game). Not to mention the tailgating and new and old friends I got to see.I finally watched a home game with my best friend (who I met because of a Dolphins’ game 9 years ago) and we won in overtime against the Bears. We had the best time. Absolutely one of the best weekends I’ve ever had with my friends and Atlanta DolFans Club. I got to witness the Miami Miracle. Fine, let’s look at it one more time, because we’ll always have this. I know many of you may be rolling your eyes thinking, “Whatever. We didn’t do anything with this season.” I get it. Believe me, I completely get it. I don’t spend probably half my salary traveling to games and not be pissed about how our team let’s us down. But, Kenyan Drake will always have the Miami Miracle. We’ll always have it as fans. I will always have the experience of watching Patriot fans frozen and unable to speak. That is why I travel to games. I want to have these moments. These memories. Worth every penny and frustrated feeling. I got to see one of my best friends Daniel Kilgore Jersey , who is Canadian and made a 9 hour drive, just to hang out with me in Minnesota. I made so many new friends because of that game. We lost, but it was a bucket list for me. Totally worth it. I finished the year by driving all through Florida just to make it to our last home game for 2018. It was a bittersweet day, but I’m glad I made the trip. Our team looked like garbage, but I had one last time to hang out with some of my dearest friends. It was a long 10 day journey, but I don’t regret a second of it. Here is a picture from all seven games I attended. There were some bad times, like almost being kicked out because some fans need to learn what a true NFL game should be like, but those don’t compare to the good times. It’s an emotional week for me. It always is after our season ends. This if funny. A guy tweeted this to me the other day. He’s probably not wrong. I’m a very passionate person. When I love something, I give it my all. Some would say I’m a bit intense. And I’m ok with being that way.What Happens Next I think these next couple years, while our team rebuilds, will be trying for us fans. It’s going to be a long post-season and we have no idea what’s in store. Who else will be let go? Burke better be. Is Tannehill coming back? Will we draft a new quarterback in 2019 or wait till 2020? Are we going to pay Xavien Howard (Oh I hope so)? Is Cam Wake going to remain a Dolphin? SO MANY EMOTIONS! It’s an emotional time for many of us fans. I know several people have reached out to me expressing the same feelings. What’s next? Who do we hire? I’ve read several different reports about particular coaches, but I’m just going to sit back and see what happens. I just hope whoever we get stays for longer than 3-4 years. If we’re truly going to rebuild I don’t want to go through this again. It’s going to be a crappy couple years during this process. Please, for all our sanity, make sure the Dolphins do it the right way. Happy New Year DolFans! Cheers to finally ending this embarrassing season, and let’s toast to new beginnings.
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