Jags Reporter: "It Was Jalen Being Jalen"

"He's a little bit high-maintenance," said Mike Kaye, who wasn't surprised by Jalen Ramsey's comments to GQ

Taz and the Moose
August 16, 2018 - 10:27 am

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If you were surprised by Jalen Ramsey’s comments to GQ in which he criticized pretty much every quarterback in the National Football League, you must not cover him on a daily basis.

“It was Jalen being Jalen,” First Coast News Jaguars writer Mike Kaye said on Taz & The Moose. “He’s a guy that likes to speak his mind. It’s encouraged in the locker rom. He’s a guy that says a lot of things that nobody wants to say – and for the most part, he’s typically accurate.”

Ramsey, the fifth overall pick in 2016, made the Pro Bowl last season. Only 23, he has a promising future in the league. But he may want to dial the criticism back a bit.

“I think he’s a little bit high-maintenance,” Kaye said. “When you look at the way he plays, yeah, he might be a little bit of head case or yeah, he might be a me-first-sounding type of guy. But he’s a guy that delivers results on the field, and I think a lot of the leadership in that locker room, especially from the defensive side, is willing to put up with his outgoing personality if he’s able to perform.”

Tom Coughlin, 71, is known as a disciplinarian. It’s safe to assume he’s unhappy with Ramsey, no?

Well, yes and no.

“I think overall when you’re calling out your coaching staff’s play-calling ability by saying you think Blake (Bortles) should have passed more is probably not the best way to endear yourself to the boss,” Kaye said. “But I think that Tom’s been very patient with Jalen. When Jalen got into a fight with A.J. Green and was ejected from a game, Tom Coughlin aired out his support for Jalen.”

Ramsey was also suspended for getting into it with a local reporter who published a video of a scuffle between defensive ends Dante Fowler and Yannick Ngakoue.

“I don’t think he should have been suspended, but I understand what they were trying to do,” Kaye said. “He’s been very vocal. He was involved in a skirmish during practice earlier, and so they probably wanted to avoid any drama in Minnesota. Jalen was not going to play very much in that game anyway. So you’re avoiding injury to your best player, you’re avoiding any sort of controversy. Dante Fowler was suspended too, but he was also involved in both skirmishes two days into returning from practice. So the situations are a little bit different. Jalen will be welcomed back with open arms.”

The Jaguars open the season on the road against the Giants on Sept. 9. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.