Keep Choppin’ Wood Episode 13: London Recap, Upcoming Bye Week, the AFC South Sucks


On this week’s episode of Keep Choppin’ Wood from SB Nation’s Big Cat Country, we talk about just the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts game in London at Wembley Stadium, Blake Bortles’ continued regression, Yannick Ngakoue’s surprising start, Jalen Ramsey vs. Rashean Mathis, Gus Bradley, and more from around the NFL.


9/30/16 Mailbag: Why Do Bad Teams Stay Bad?

Ronnie: Do you think the Panthers struggle to protect Cam this year could be combatted with a more quick-hitting predicated gameplan? Maybe they don’t feel that they have anyone that can get open quickly. Just feels like these slow-developing pass plays isn’t how you beat man-blitzes with a bad OL.

Sure, an offense with more predication on the quick pass game would help in theory, but you already described the rub – the Panthers’ personnel isn’t really suited for it at all. Mastering the quick pass game requires an incredible time and resource commitment, and they’re probably better off mastering the things that their personnel is built to do. Fleshing out their runningback and tight end screen game would probably be a better way to complement their deep drop pass game.

Teams like Denver and Minnesota are obviously bad matchups for their offense. But remember that the Denver defense also beat Tom Brady twice last year, and the New England pass game is as predicated on the quick game as you can possibly be.

Brent: Does a healthy Marqise Lee make the offense worse? It almost seems like Jags are obligated to feed him.

It’s not that they’re obligated to feed him, it’s that defenses are finding ways to funnel the ball to the Jaguars’ worst skill position players. It’s not unlike the problem Green Bay has with the ball being funneled to Davante Adams.

The crutch is that good quarterbacks make bad players look better than they are. The last throw I wrote about in this week’s Bortles piece is a perfect example of a quarterback playing poorly and making his wide receiver look worse. Lee’s bad enough as is, he doesn’t need help looking worse.

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Just How Bad is Blake Bortles?

I made a statement on the latest Keep Choppin’ Wood episode that Blaine Gabbert was playing better than Blake Bortles right now. The notion stemmed from a discussion Michael Lombardi and Bill Simmons recently had on the two on Simmons’ podcast.

The fact that we can even have a comparison between the two is highly disappointing. However, it’s not completely unfounded. Here’s a video from 2012 with current Jaguars Offensive Coordinator Greg Olsen. Olsen served as the Quarterback coach under the previous regime (Mike Mularkey’s sole season in Jacksonville). After the entire staff was fired, he went to Oakland and ran the offense in Derek Carr’s rookie year, then returned to Jacksonville as Jedd Fisch’s replacement on Gus Bradley’s staff. That’s a really convoluted way of saying that he’s worked directly with both Blaine Gabbert and Blake Bortles.

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Keep Choppin’ Wood Episode 12: The Jaguars (Still) Suck, Blake Bortles Sucks, Fire Gus Bradley


On this week’s episode of Keep Choppin’ Wood, we talk about just how bad the game against the Baltimore Ravens was, just how bad Blake Bortles was, why Gus Bradley needs to get fired immediately after London, and more about the future of this NFL franchise.


9/23/16 (First Ever) Mailbag: Mizzou, the Packers, Coaching Psychology, and Black Quarterbacks

Welcome to the first Big Bored Mailbag! First, music.

Chris: How do I become a successful gambler when it comes to CFB and the NFL? 

You should ask a successful gambler. They don’t build casinos with gold walls because they lose money.

Connor: Why does nobody care about Mizzou? Back-to-back SEC East champs, back to back Big-12 North champs, they’ve put dudes in the league . I‘m biased, but we gotta be the most overlooked program in CFB relative to on-field and NFL success, and it bothers me more than it should so I always ask folks who aren’t from KC or StL what they see and think when Mizzou pops up.

Honestly, I think everyone reaches a point where they unconsciously black out all information on Missouri and Kansas because trying to figure out why Kansas City is in fucking Missouri and not Kansas is a traumatic childhood moment for anyone that doesn’t live in either state.

Mizzou’s run at the top of the SEC East kinda reminds me of when Georgia clamped down on the division in the early 2000s when both Florida and Tennessee were down. Nice teams during down periods, but they’re definitely in the shadow of Saban’s LSU championship team and the undefeated Auburn team of 2004. That’s the same spot Mizzou is in – they’re a good program, but the East is a little down, and they’ve been overshadowed by the SEC West.

Also, fuck Blaine Gabbert.

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Keep Choppin’ Wood Episode 10: The Jaguars Suck, Fire Gus, & There’s No Way They Beat the Ravens


On this week’s episode of Keep Choppin’ Wood, we talk about just how bad the game against the San Diego Chargers was, how far-reaching the problems on the Jacksonville Jaguars are, discuss why Gus Bradley and Todd Wash should be fired immediately, try to find some reason why the Baltimore Ravens don’t come in and completely destroy us, and more.

Keep Choppin’ Wood Episode 8: Chargers Preview with Kyle Posey


On this week’s episode of Keep Choppin’ Wood, we talk with Kyle Posey (@KP_Show) about the San Diego Chargers, how certain we are that Joey Bosa is going to party with Blake Bortles in Southern California this weekend, Myles Jack and his lack of time on the defense, Phillip Rivers and how he matches up against the Jacksonville Jaguars secondary, and more.