Duuuvvaaalll!

Yannick Ngakoue's situation is being handled piss poor.

Jim Rome
April 02, 2020 - 9:28 am
Yannick Ngakoue

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I’m going to start this take with one word and one word only:

DUUUUUUUUVVVVVALLLLLLLLLL.

That is for you, Duval County, so that you know where I’m coming from. And if you know me and you know this show, you know this is a Jags house. I’ve have been repping Duval County for years, going back to when I made history in 2017 by leading off a national radio show with a take about the Jacksonville Jaguars.

At that time, they were coming off a 3-13 season and people said it was crazy for me to start a national radio show talking Jags football. But I ignored the HATE. I knew I’d catch heat but I didn’t give a damn: because I felt strongly about it. So I did it.

And when people said, no way you can do that again. I did it again. Two days later. Two Jags takes in three days. Nobody had ever seen anything like it before. But then the haters starting showing up. They started to say, you think you’re so great, you think you can do two takes in three days, we bet you can’t top that.

And then Dante Fowler Jr threw a man’s groceries into a lake and I said, hell yes I can.   Watch this. Three Jags takes in five days. Scoreboard. Look up at it.

Three in five. That’s crazy. People were losing their minds. You’re cheating. You’re going Usain Bolt on the field. You can’t top that. It’s impossible. That’s like running the 100 meters in two seconds, they wailed. Watch me, I said.

And I went with a fourth take in seven days. You win four out of seven and you’re a champion. But I wasn’t satisfied. I chased that with five of eight. I could go on, but I don’t want to make it about me.

But I will point out that the Jags won ten games after that and were within a play of the Super Bowl. You don’t need to thank me, Duval, that’s not what I do it for. But you’re welcome.

And I say all that not to take a victory lap, but just as a reminder of where I’m coming from when I talk about the Jags.

And where I’m coming from is a place of love and respect. And I can say with love and respect, that things are not going well in Jacksonville lately.

Jalen Ramsey is no longer there. Neither is Dante Fowler Jr. Calais Campbell was traded a few weeks back. And now things with Yannick Ngakoue are getting pretty ugly.

Jacksonville drafted him in the third round in 2016. Since then, he’s had 37.5 sacks and 14 forced fumbles in four seasons. Michael DiRocco, who covers the Jags, tweeted in part: Of the 12 defensive touchdowns the Jaguars have scored since 2016, Ngakoue is directly responsible for five: a pick six, a fumble return, and three forced fumbles on sacks that other players recovered for tds.

Not bad. Not bad at all. In fact, it’s incredible. There are playmakers and then there is that guy.

And given that he’s just turned 25 this week, it would seem like that would be a guy you’d want to keep and build around.

Except it doesn’t seem like it’s headed that way. Not when you see this incredible tweet from Yannick yesterday:

Was never about the money Duval. My situation was handled piss poor. God bless.

Uh ohhhhhhhhh! Duval. That has to suck hearing that. Usually when someone says it’s not about the money, it’s about one thing the money and maybe this is. But if it’s not about the money, then it really was handled piss poor.

And I hate to say this, Duval, but this isn’t the first time. There’s now a pattern here.  It seems like it’s another situation where a talented Jags player is looking to leave. And some of it goes back to Tom Coughlin’s way of handling things.

As Albert Breer wrote in December, after Coughlin was booted: “Just before training camp last summer, Coughlin declared that the Jags had made their final and best offer to pass-rusher Yannick Ngakoue. The problem? It was late July, and negotiations were still in the early stages, having only started earlier that month. And the comments sufficiently angered Ngakoue, who was planning on reporting to training camp, to the point where he launched a training camp holdout instead. And this was a player that the team wanted to sign.”

If that’s how they were treating with guys they wanted to sign, what were they doing with guys they didn’t want to sign.

If you want to sign a guy, how do you let it get to the point where he’s tweeting that his “situation was handled piss poor”?

How are you at the point with a 25 year old Pro Bowler that you’re either going to have to try to make it right with him to get him to stay or you’re going to have to trade him and probably not get full value back? Again, I don’t know what was done and what wasn’t done in these negotiations. And I don’t know what was said and what wasn’t said. But I know that if another Pro Bowl talent is leaving a defense that was one play away from the Super Bowl not long things are not going well. In fact, things are PISS POUR. You’re in business to get talent like that, not to lose it.

It’ll happen every now and then, but if you keep doing it, that’s who you are: that’s your culture: and that’s how you’re viewed from the outside. And if guys are jumping on twitter and saying that their situation was “handled piss poor” that’s a bad situation.

I’ve got your back, Duval, you know that. But sometimes I have to tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear. 

Oh and for the record, that’s yet another Jags take at the top of a nationally syndicated radio show. And that makes SIX.  Scoreboard. Look up at it. AGAIN. History made yet again. But you don’t need to thank me. That’s not what I do it for.