The Jacksonville Jaguars would like to forget the 2012 season. To say it didn't turn out how they wanted it to would be an understatement. The team went a disappointing 2-14 on the season and fired head coach Mike Mularkey after one season. Mularkey had a pretty big hurdle to overcome as he was forced to coach players picked by the former general manager, Gene Smith.
However, even with those hurdles, the team was optimistic on the year. With Maurice Jones-Drew, Blaine Gabbert, Justin Blackmon and Marcedes Lewis in the fold and an inspiring 3-1 preseason record, the team had high hopes.
Unfortunately, it didn't come to fruition. I was able to talk to Pro Bowl tight end Marcedes Lewis and ask him about the season and what he's looking forward to for the upcoming season, the quarterback class and what his plans are for the offseason:
Kahlil Najar: Thanks for taking the time to talk with me today Marcedes. What are your thoughts on how the season played out? Obviously not what you wanted but can you point out any highlights to the season? Anything that you think the team will work on during the offseason?
Marcedes Lewis: Going 2-14, nobody expected that in the beginning, we all go out looking to win a championship. With the team we had, each week we went out and prepared the right way. No one went out there and gave up. We learned a lot about ourselves. We continue to compete, week in and week out. When you check out it can be horrible. From a team standpoint—everything went well.
KN: With the hiring of Gus Bradley and Jedd Fisch, what do you think they will bring to the table that you are excited for?
ML: I haven't had a chance to talk to either of them yet. But I am excited about new blood into the system. I've heard that he's into the West Coast offense and I'm excited about that since we ran that at UCLA. It looks like we're continuing to do good things and I'm looking forward to it.
KN: Right now, a solid QB is something that the people of Jacksonville want. Do you think the team will address that situation during the offseason? Rumors are circulating around Matt Flynn, Tim Tebow and even Geno Smith.
ML: That's a good question. We've had about four or five QBs, so it's hard to develop a chemistry. It's hard to adjust to a new person. As long as we have a guy back there ready to win—I'm all for it.
KN: This past season's quarterback class was outstanding. Can you comment on the rookie class? It's something that the league hasn't seen in ages...
ML: All three of them coming into the league were all students of the game. For them to be doing that at that level and having the game slow down for them is pretty awesome. Each one of them is very different except that they all want to do it what it takes to win.
KN: Off the field, what are your plans for this offseason?
ML: As of right now, doing a lot of family time. I'll be working out training, more MMA training (it's a hobby that I'm really into), got some new turntables. I'm just really relaxing and waiting to see how our coaching staff ends up.
KN: I saw that you did some MMA training with Jay Glazer and Chuck Liddell. Is that something you might want to do after football? Maybe you can be the first two-sport MMA/football player?
ML: I've been really blessed in my lifetime. I have the ability to play football for a lifetime. I'm going to stick to my day job though. You couldn't pay me enough money in the world to get hit in the face.
KN: What about broadcasting?
ML: I'm not opposed to it at all! It's definitely something that I'm looking into.
KN: Lastly, I want to talk about your Marcedes Lewis Foundation. Can you tell me a little about that and what events you have coming up like the Casino Event happening this month?
ML: I started the foundation four years ago. I grew up in the inner city and saw bad things happen. You don't really get to many chances to get out. I want to be there for those that can make it out. I want to help them out. The foundation awards scholarships to those kids.
We've held Casino Nights and have done some other creative things for people to come out and donate to our charity. The Casino Night event is actually happening this coming weekend—March 16. The event is taking place in Lakewood, California, and it'd be great if anyone was able to come out and enjoy a fun night for a great cause.
For more information on the Marcedes Lewis Foundation and his Casino Night follow these links:
Casino Night: www.marcedeslewisfoundation.org/2013-casino-night/#more-1639