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Richard Miller: The Way It Is

miller-article1Jacksonville Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver should become the face of the organization.  A weekly press conference would be extremely beneficial for current season ticketholders and potential ones.  Taking 15 to 20 minutes each week to address the media is not a huge undertaking.

If Weaver thinks anyone believed his statement Tuesday that money was not a factor in keeping head coach Jack Del Rio, then Scooby-Doo is the best detective on television.

The NFL’s All-Pro team was announced last week and only one Jaguar even received votes.  First-year starter Maurice Jones-Drew finished fifth at his position with six votes.  I am pretty sure that the 50 voters forget Jacksonville is an actual city. 

The Jaguars lost a very important position coach in Mike Tice, tight ends coach, on Friday.  The 50-year-old Tice spent four seasons in Jacksonville as he helped maximize the talent of tight end Marcedes Lewis and rookie Zach Miller.  Tice leaves the First Coast for the Windy City where he will coach the Chicago Bears’ offensive line.  According to the Chicago Tribune, Tice said, “…I wanted to be involved in the pits again.”

Three out of the four quarterbacks playing in the NFL’s conference championships are elite – Drew Brees, Brett Favre and Peyton Manning.  I think that should be a hint to the Jaguars’ organization to acquire a quarterback for the future.

With John Henderson’s best years behind him, the Jaguars need to solidify the defensive line.  I cannot ignore the talent and upside of UCLA defensive tackle Brian Price.  He finished his junior season with seven sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss.  Most NFL mock drafts have Price listed as the third-best defensive tackle behind Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh and Texas’ Gerald McCoy.  Price is first-round talent.  And, I was always told you cannot teach big.  Price is listed at 6-foot-2 and 300 pounds.

Riley Cooper, the former Florida Gators wide receiver, accepted an invitation Saturday to play in the Under Armour Senior Bowl.  The game, which will be held on Saturday, January 30, will allow Cooper to play with his former teammate Tim Tebow one last time. 

I am really surprised that Tebow talk hasn’t hit Jacksonville harder.  I guess February, March and April will be the designated “Tebow to the Jaguars” months.

After the UNF men’s basketball team won a thriller over Belmont, 45-43, on Thursday night, I am beginning to believe this squad has some magic.  With a 9-9 record, the Ospreys have eclipsed last year’s win total of 8. 

UNF and Jacksonville University will play tonight at Swisher Gymnasium at 8 p.m.  If you are expecting tickets for the game, don’t bother – it is sold out.  However, if you cannot make it in person, AM 1320 WBOB will be airing it.  Tune in at 7:45 p.m. for the pregame show.  The matchup, deemed the SunTrust River City Rumble, never disappoints.

JU begins its inaugural season of lacrosse in less than three weeks.  Saturday, February 6, is when the men’s team faces North Carolina at D.B. Milne Field.  The women’s squad begins the historic day against the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  The most important fact about lacrosse – one has to be tough as nails to play it.

If you remembered the Australian Open tennis tournament is being held the next two weeks, then you can legitimately claim the title “tennis fan.”

For you baseball fans out there, the earliest date that pitchers and catchers report for spring training is Wednesday, February 17.  Break in those new baseball gloves in anticipation.

When I first saw General Larry Platt’s rap called “Pants on the Ground,” my side split because I laughed so hard.  His American Idol stardom will eclipse “She Bangs” singer William Hung.  After hearing the 62-year-old Platt’s rap, judge Simon Cowell said, “I don’t think this is the last we hear about you.” 

If you see the movie Avatar, make sure you do so in 3-D.  Your eyes will thank you later.

Is it just me or does the Florida State basketball team look lost at times without last season’s point guard Toney Douglas?

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Richard Miller is a national broadcaster for Jacksonville Jaguars’ home games on Sporting News Radio.  Additionally, he can be heard on ABC 1320 WBOB in Jacksonville at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesdays with The Jacksonville Observer Radio Show. 

Richard contributes to Inside the Game with Robin Valetutto every Saturday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Currently, Richard is writing David Lamm’s biography entitled Lamm at Large: The David Lamm Story, which will be available in 2010. 

You can e-mail Richard at Richard.miller@jaxobserver.com

2 Responses »

  1. Your suggestion that Wayne Weaver become the face of the Jaguars is a terrific suggestion. I think he enjoys his lifestyle too much to have celebrity status. Right now, he walks calmly and indiscreetly in Jacksonville.

    Can you imagine Weaver walking through Hemming Plaza? He'd be mugged. Maybe Del Rio should head to Hemming for his tough players?

    Maybe instead of cleaning house on the Jaguar field, Mr. Weaver should be looking to clear house in his media office?

    Even with everything going on, I say "Go Jaguars!"

  2. Did you watch that Vikings game? Bret Favre and his dynamite powerhouse offense. That's what we need. Some explosive offense and then a defense that won't allow a constant move up the field. Touchdown Jax still needs to pump up the fans. But, I agree that we need some excitement and outlet to keep the fans up on the latest.