In this weekly segment, Just Blog Baby had a chance to contact Daniel Lago of Black and Teal (www.blackandteal.com), a website devoted to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Before we get to the questions, I would like to introduce Raider Nation to who Daniel Lago is.
Daniel Lago was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Jacksonville, Florida, in time to see the Jaguars inaugural season in 1995. He attended the University of Florida and is currently at Georgia Tech for graduate school studying nuclear engineering. Daniel bleeds black and teal, and he is the Editor of www.blackandteal.com. I asked Daniel the following questions, and these were his responses:
JBB-How do you think Chad Henne will fair against the Oakland Raiders improved pass rush?
BAT-Chad Henne has a real issue with holding onto the ball too long and that will likely come into play this week. If the Raiders can get some pressure on the interior offensive line, which they should be able to, Chad Henne is going to have to be ready to get rid of the ball quickly.
JBB-What must happen in order for the Jacksonville Jaguars to win this game?
BAT-The Jaguars need to get the run game going early in the contest to have any chance of winning. Last week they tried to get Blaine Gabbert in a groove and it backfired, allowing the Chiefs to get and maintain a lead. Maurice Jones-Drew and the rest of the running backs should be a lot more involved this week.
JBB-How do you like the Jaguars new look?
BAT-The Jaguars have a new set of uniforms to accompany their virtually new roster. The Jaguars have a ton of new starters, especially on defense, and it’s exciting to see so many young players get a chance. The newly acquired speed on offense (Denard Robinson and Ace Sanders) is particularly intriguing and they should add a new element to the offense. I personally love the new uniforms and the new helmets. Some people aren’t a fan of the two-tone helmets but they look great on the field, especially in the sun.
JBB-What are the Jaguars strongest and weakest positions on the roster?
BAT-It’s too easy to say quarterback is the weakest position so I’ll go ahead and say the interior offensive line. Center Brad Meester is halfway out the door into his retirement while the two guards are mediocre at best. Uche Nwaneri is a solid run blocker but a liability in the passing game and Will Rackley still looks like someone recovering from an injury last year. I would usually say wide receiver is the strongest position but the team is without Justin Blackmon until week 5. By default I’d have to give it to the offensive tackles. Eugene Monroe is one of the best left tackles in the league and Luke Joeckel was the second overall pick and has played well.
JBB-What is your prediction for the game?
BAT-The Jaguars are in a tough spot here, travelling to the west coast against a team that feels pretty confident about going toe-to-toe with a playoff team in week 1. The Jaguars didn’t show me anything in week 1 to believe they can win this game, and they need to improve significantly on offense to have any chance. I think the Jaguars bounce back, but they can’t overcome the west coast trip and an improved Raiders team. Raiders 24 – Jaguars 17.
Great answers Daniel. I’d just like to thank Daniel Lago for taking the time out of his day to answer a few questions before the Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars square off. These two teams have had some interesting meetings in the past, and I’m sure this one won’t disappoint us either.
Check out www.blackandteal.com for my answers to Daniel Lago’s questions.