Jacksonville Jaguars: Kirk Cousins

Part of the credit for Seattle's dominating defensive effort in Super Bowl XLVIII belongs to Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley.

Bradley spent four years as the Seahawks' defensive coordinator (2009-12) and helped build the defense that throttled Peyton Manning's record-setting offense by forcing four turnovers and controlling the game from the opening snap, writes Florida Times-Union columnist Gene Frenette.

The unit is constructed of young, physical and fast players. Eight of the 11 starters were acquired during Bradley's tenure. He didn't draft them but he did help develop them, Frenette writes. The Seahawks finished the regular season atop the league in points and yards allowed per game.

There's no guarantee that Bradley will be able to do the same thing in Jacksonville, but Frenette writes that Sunday's performance certainly should have Jaguars fans optimistic.

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Seattle quarterbacks coach Carl Smith, a former Jaguars and Bartram Trail High School assistant, was in a championship game for the first time in nearly 30 years, writes the T-U's Ryan O'Halloran.

Jaguars president Mark Lamping was instrumental in bringing the Super Bowl to MetLife Stadium. He specializes in big projects, writes O'Halloran.

For those Jaguars fans who are advocating the team trade for Washington Redskins second-year quarterback Kirk Cousins, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Cousins is open to being traded.

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RTC: Enjoy Houston's struggles now

December, 13, 2013
Bad news, Jaguars fans. The Houston Texans may not stay in the AFC South basement for long.

ESPN.com's Jeffri Chadiha writes that the Texans could pull the same kind of turnaround the Kansas City Chiefs did this season, where they went from 2-14 in 2012 to the playoffs. All the Texans need to do is hire the right coach and draft the right quarterback and they could again be a dominant team in the AFC.

Lovie Smith and Ken Whisenhunt are two good candidates for head coach and Kirk Cousins and Josh Freeman are possible options at quarterback, although the hot rumor has Jay Cutler leaving Chicago and heading to Houston.

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Now, some good news. The Jaguars obviously need a franchise quarterback and one of the possibilities is Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, who still has not declared whether he'll leave early or return for his redshirt junior season. He offered a clue on Thursday when he said that he's ready for the NFL. CBSSports.com's Rob Rang has the Jaguars drafting Manziel at No. 6 in his latest mock draft.

Friday's the day that Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring) and Cecil Shorts (groin) are expected to test their injuries.

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Mark Long of The Associated Press writes that Jones-Drew wants to re-sign with the Jaguars when his contract expires after this season. That's a move that would be beneficial to both parties, especially the Jaguars because Jones-Drew can help bridge the gap between the last five disappointing seasons and the new regime.