Defensive end Jeremy Mincey's consistent tardiness cost him his job in Jacksonville -- and landed him in the Super Bowl.
The Denver Broncos, with former Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio as defensive coordinator, signed Mincey shortly after he was cut by the Jaguars Dec. 14. Mincey ended up playing a bigger role than anticipated and his performance in the Broncos' last four games was a significant part of their Super Bowl run, writes the Florida Times-Union's Ryan O'Halloran.
"When [Derek Wolfe] went down we needed a guy in that spot and I know he's filled in," Broncos defensive line coach Jay Rodgers said. "I know Jack had a high regard for him when they were in Jacksonville. The opportunity to get him was a good match for us."
Mincey repeated his praise for Jaguars coach Gus Bradley and said he understands why he was cut and has no ill feelings toward the Jaguars.
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O'Halloran breaks down the matchup between Seattle center Max Unger and Denver defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, who spent four seasons with the Jaguars.
In an ESPN NFL Nation Confidential survey of 320 players, Seattle's Pete Carroll as named the coach for which most players would like to play. The coach that got the most votes from Jaguars players was Gary Kubiak.
Contract talks between the Jaguars and quarterback Chad Henne should be starting soon.