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Former foes expect Red Bryant, Chris Clemons to make difference for Jags

Posted: March 26, 2014 - 9:24pm  |  Updated: March 26, 2014 - 9:38pm

ORLANDO | They meant it in the best way possible when asked about Seattle cutting ties with defensive end/run stopper Red Bryant and defensive end/pass rusher Chris Clemons, both of whom signed with the Jaguars: Good riddance.

“Thank God,” Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said with a laugh.

Said St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher: “In the division, you’re always happy to see one of your opponents lose good players.”

And from outside the NFC West …

“The names along their front last year were like a blur because they did such a good job playing with a rotation and keeping guys fresh,” New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton said.

The Seahawks went a combined 5-1 last year against Arizona, St. Louis and New Orleans so that trio of coaches is familiar with how effective Bryant and Clemons can be for a defense.

The Jaguars are trying to emulate Seattle coach Pete Carroll’s modus operandi of stockpiling defensive linemen in general and defensive ends in particular.

“You can never have enough [pass] rushers, and we’ll continue with that approach,” coach Gus Bradley said. “You have to build up the defensive line with that mind-set.”

Last year, the Seahawks had a group of Bryant, Clemons, Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril.

The Jaguars, whose 30 sacks last year were tied for fewest in the NFL, scooped up Bryant and Clemons and signed them to four-year deals when Seattle cut them to create a combined $13 million in salary-cap space. They hope they can team with Jason Babin, Andre Branch and others to be determined to spark the defense.

“They’ll be dynamic right away,” Arians said of Bryant/Clemons.

Off the field, the Jaguars expect Bryant and Clemons to set a standard because of their experience helping build Seattle from 7-9 in 2010-11 to 13-3 and Super Bowl champions last year.

“Going from winning a Super Bowl to a new city and team, there’s a certain confidence you take with you because of what you’ve accomplished,” Payton said.

Said Arians: “There’s no doubt [they’ll help] because when winners come in, guys gravitate toward them and want to hear, ‘How did you get it done? How are you going to help us?’ It’s easier to do that when you hold that ring up and you get that respect.”

Bryant was the first Jaguars addition this offseason. Released by Seattle Feb. 28, Bryant visited Jacksonville March 7 and signed one day later to replace Tyson Alualu as the starting “big” defensive end opposite the Leo.

At 326 pounds, Bryant would play early downs for Seattle and helped anchor a run defense that finished seventh and 10th the last two years.

Like with the Seahawks, Bryant will line up for the Jaguars over the offensive tackle and also have to go against tight ends in a double-team situation.

Bryant has only 3.5 sacks in 64 career games but has 124 tackles and makes life easier for linebackers. He comes to the Jaguars universally respected for his on-field play and off-field leadership.

Arians: “Nobody is happier than our tight ends that Red is gone from Seattle. He is a handful for just about anybody to block. He’s a special player. I have a ton of respect for him.”

Fisher: “A very explosive, smart player on the edge. He can collapse the pocket and is an outstanding run defender.”

Payton: “[The Jaguars] are getting a physical player who plays with good get-off [at the snap].”

Carroll: “Red is a terrific football player. He has a great role for [the Jaguars] and will be a terrific role player for them. He had fine seasons for us and is a good leader and a great guy. Gus knows what he’s getting.”

The coaches expect Clemons to return to the form he showed from 2010-12 when he had seasons of 11, 11 and 11.5 sacks for Seattle.

Clemons tore an anterior cruciate ligament in Seattle’s playoff win over Washington in January 2013 but managed to play 17 regular season/postseason games (14 starts) and had 3.5 sacks.

“Chris should be at his best,” Carroll said. “He came off the ACL and recovered and still had a good, productive year, but he’ll be better this year. He’s a good pickup.”

Said Arians: “He can still get to the quarterbackand his familiarity with Gus, he’ll be plugged in as a starter for them right away.”

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emma3
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emma3 03/26/14 - 09:54 pm
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For what it's worth....grades

For what it's worth....grades are starting to come in on the free agency signings...SI had an article today grading the AFC..Jags had the only A out of that conference...Then, an ESPN article gave them a B Plus...Again, it is just opinions...but what a turnaround from the national media that would either ignore or ridicule every move the Jaguars make.

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Davethecaveman 03/26/14 - 11:02 pm
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Hopefully the embarrassing

Hopefully the embarrassing games are a thing of the past.
Really could care less what ESPN or anyone else says about our Jags. We have to play better and be competative in every game, then maybe I will at least listen.

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Beacher Retort 03/27/14 - 02:51 am
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@ Davethecaveman I have

@ Davethecaveman I have noticed I do turn off when the national media mentions the Jaguars because it has been only bad news and I hear a tad of ridicule even when they report transactions. I guess that is what RGIngersol fan does when he sees my post! LOL
@Emma I think I posted that SI tidbit yesterday, somewhere here. I do believe tampa (NFC) had a better FA, and I wonder why we can't find a veteran QB for at least a year. If Henne lost out to BG in MM's HC days and again last year under GB, why did we trade BG and not CH?

Let me answer that, BG had one last chance under GB and MM had one last chance to get BG where he could save GS's job. Boy, I am glad we only had two wins, that GS is not even a memory now, and that BG is on the west coast. Still, Henne hasn't been consistent on throws over 25 yards, they are more lobs and usually too high ( see Leftwich less velocity ). When MJD signs this Friday we will have lost the Mojo of our offense and w/o him expect a Seattle type "bull rush" because we will be one dimensional in the eyes of DC's, until we can prove different, which isn't in our game plan. Henne is to Mccown as Gabbert is to Bortles (or insert Carr, Murray, ect). No adequate plan B at the most important position and we do not have a Manning! Tell me why DC?

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Beacher Retort 03/27/14 - 03:11 am
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I hope we are waiting for

I hope we are waiting for cuts or a trade! Or is TT going to SURPRISE everyone with a grande entrance?

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TheMadKow 03/27/14 - 07:03 am
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I don't see the panic to

I don't see the panic to bring in a Veteran QB. The moves to build the defense first are going to keep us in the close games and the Jaguars will be more competitive this year. Henne knows he will be keeping the seat warm for a new QB. I believe they will have a contingency plan in place in case Henne goes down, which I am sure does not involve the rookie starting.

Our offense this year will be comprised of several new players and there will be a learning curve. The Jags goal is to compete for the Division by 2015. Shad Khan has said he is willing to suffer now in order to build a team that will compete yearly for division title. Even if it means lack of ticket sales. A long term winning team will do more for the Jags now than any big name free agent.

I am thrilled with the way Caldwell and Bradley are going about it. There have been some mistakes, but overall they are doing a great job. Even the national media agree on this, not that I care what they think.

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emma3 03/27/14 - 08:39 am
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The SI article was just

The SI article was just talking about AFC....Tampa is in the NFC. This is a "perception is reality" world..and I agree, (as I prefaced my last comments....For what it's worth)...that we needn't care what the national media says, because they are largely uninformed about Jacksonville and the Jaguars...Still, it is encouraging to see that they have decided to actually discuss positive moves, rather than smirk about 8 person rallies, tarps and moves to London/LA.

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R.G. IngersollFan 03/27/14 - 02:13 pm
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S0L ( I mean LOS): Here is my

S0L ( I mean LOS): Here is my prediction: Tim Tebow will be in uniform and on the Everbank gridiron next season. He'll be the 5th from the left in the line of Roar girls. You can tell which one he is by those huge legs in that short skirt and inability to toss that short hair. (S)he also ends each cheer by going to a knee and praying for a roster spot. Sadly, gawd will once again ignore him. Gawd hates crappy mechanics too.

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The Patient 03/27/14 - 09:39 am
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The D will see a major

The D will see a major improvement over last year. These guys will bring a lot to the table for Gus - they know his system, they want to play hard (unlike players that were inherited like Mincey) and show guys like Branch how to be pros, and most of all keep a rotation going that will keep the guys fresh for each game and the whole season. Going to be a D that is not such a easy game on the schedule for opponents now. We will see how this helps the secondary too - Cyp and Gratz will be 2nd year guys and better show real improvement or they should lose their starting spots. They got a lot of starts last year because they were rookie draft picks on a bad team. If Gratz can't do it then Blackmon should step right in - maybe someone else. It is time to enforce the compete mantra and not just talk about it.

I think the D will be the strength of the team this year. The O? Still has a lot of work to do. I hope Fisch scraps the 1 yard pass to the sideline and hope the WR makes a play offensive game plan that was a majority of the time last year.

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jimmyPx 03/27/14 - 10:23 am
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Good discussion. I agree with

Good discussion. I agree with everyone that we had a great Free Agency.
I do though think that it is a little premature to be able to say how the Offense will do until after the draft. We have a boatload of picks and if we draft down could have even more. For example what if we drafted Sammy Watkins as a WR and Derek Carr or AJ McCarron as QB ?? Even though they are rookies they would still be a vast improvement over last year.
Overall I am excited and can't wait until the Draft.

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emma3 03/27/14 - 11:01 am
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@forty-six and two- Great

@forty-six and two- Great takes on the defense, and Please, please if I never see another one yard pass to the sideline, not going past the line of scrimmage, I will be a happy person!!!! You are so right! Plus I won't miss Mojo losing a yard on first down..We'll see, I'm not making predictions.....just looking forward!

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The Patient 03/27/14 - 12:48 pm
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@Emma3 - we can only hope.

@Emma3 - we can only hope.

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Beacher Retort 03/27/14 - 12:48 pm
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Until Henne sits our offense

Until Henne sits our offense will sputter. He isn't accurate past 20 yards and his timing is too off. He looks at the target too early and will still have more oicks than TD's. The rude awakening will be the lethargic running game, good for 3 yards per carry, not often used on 2nd or 3rd dowm. IF we win, 3/4ths of the time will be because of the defense and them getting us a TD, FG or in the red zone by way of a turnover.

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Bottomline 03/27/14 - 09:16 pm
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Last year at this time I was

Last year at this time I was very pessimistic about the 2013 NFL season. This year I am optimistic. I see us winning 6 games and building both an offensive and defensive line. I hope that Henne can stay healthy so that we are not forced to play our rookie qb before the offensive line gels. The wide receiver position causes me great concern but hopefully that will be addressed in the draft. I don't think we can plan on Blackmon staying out of trouble and being reinstated. After this year I see us playing .500 football the next year and contending for the playoffs the following year. I look forward to watching the team mature and becoming a contender in a few years. I want to see the stadium rocking like it did in the days of Brunell, Smith, and Taylor.

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