GM Dave Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley aren’t done just yet and are continuing to build what could possibly be the most revamped defense out of any NFL team in 2014.
According to multiple sources, the Jaguars have agreed to terms on contracts with two defensive linemen, former Steeler, Ziggy Hood, and former Seahawk, Chris Clemons.
Jaguars have agreed to terms with former Pittsburgh Steelers DT Ziggy Hood
— John Oehser (@JohnOehser) March 13, 2014
DE Chris Clemons has agreed to terms with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Will sign the deal today.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 13, 2014
Clemons started 11 games at defensive end for the Seahawks last season and will be reunited with Bradley who was the Seahawks’ defensive coordinator from 2009 to 2012. This also reunites Clemons with defensive lineman Red Bryant, who started 15 games for the Seahawks last year and signed with the Jaguars.
When healthy, Clemons was an excellent pass rusher in Bradley’s defense while the two were in Seattle. In the three seasons that Clemons played for Bradley, he had 11 sacks for two of them and 11.5 sacks in the other–production that has been missing from the Jaguars defensive line. Clemons’ deal is reportedly for four years but no other details have been released.
Hood, a former first-round pick by Pittsburgh, was a pass-rushing defensive tackle in his college days at Missouri. What Pittsburgh did essentially, was move him over to the five-technique defensive end spot in their 3-4 defense, a position currently manned on the Jaguars defense by Tyson AluAlu and soon to be played by Bryant.
I would think that Bradley would use Hood as a three-technique defensive tackle and someone who could be rotated with Sen’Derrick Marks, someone who was awfully effective for the Jaguars last season, but was too gassed at times due to playing a high amount of snaps. Rotating the two of them could be deadly for our linebackers and the rest of the Jaguars defense.
The way it looks right now, our starting defensive line could be Bryant, Marks, Miller, and Clemons. With Posluszny at middle linebacker and our young, talented secondary, this defense will be much improved. CBS’s Pete Prisco hinted at what the team might do with the third overall pick in the draft.
Jaguars defense could be nasty if they get Clowney or Mack.
— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) March 13, 2014
That would be one salty defense.
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