Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Super Bowl Buzz Kill: Jaguars

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Why your team won’t win the Super Bowl: Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Jaguars followed its surprise 2005 season when they went 12-4 with a disappointing 8-8 record the following year. So will history be a predictor for the Jaguars who are coming off an 11-5 record in 2007 and a playoff victory at Pittsburgh? The only thing consistent about Jack Del Rio’s coaching tenure in Jacksonville has been the inconsistency.

Don’t worry about the defense, though. New coordinator Gregg Williams should have the Jaguars D playing at a top level, despite the loss of DT Marcus Stroud. The Jaguars, for all of their faults, have ranked in the top 10 in points allowed in each of the last four years.

The Jaguars do have Maurice Jones Drew and Fred Taylor, but the rest of the offense is a huge question mark. Receiver Matt Jones was busted for drug possession and Mr. Goodell is so excited to finally bust a white guy, you figure that he is going to throw the book at Jones. Expect a lifetime ban. Then nobody will say a word when Adam Jones is fully exonerated by the league. (If you believe that Mr. Goodell is going to go against Jerry Jones, you are dreaming.)

The Jaguars did acquire disgruntled former Raiders receiver Jerry Poter. Obviously believing that he could be a poor-man’s version of Randy Moss who’s football career was reborn in New England. Porter is going to miss all of training camp with a hamstring injury. Raiders fan knew that was coming.

And then there is David Garrard. Can he overcome his sophomore slump? (He’s a seventh year veteran you say? NFL.com says he’s in his second year. Weird. Even if the writer was going for that second-year starter thing, he ignores the fact that Garrard started 10 games in 2006.) Garrard was nearly perfect last year. He went 12 weeks without throwing an interception. He finished the season with 18 touchdowns only three interceptions and a passer rating for 102.2. What did that get them though? A win in the first round? What happens when Garrard isn’t so close to perfect?

That’s the rub. When you think of all of the top quarterbacks in the AFC, where does Garrard rank? He’s not as good as Tom Brady or Gomer, and even so, he seems like he’s third at best in the conference. And that’s about as far as the Jaguars can expect to go. The defense is good enough to get to the playoffs, but you just can't count on this team.


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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a boring ass team.

Kyle said...

I'm a big fan of David Garrard, I think he's solid enough to get the Jags deep into the postseason.

R.J. said...

Garrard will take the Jags deep into the playoffs, but you can't rely on Jerry Porter to stay healthy a full season. That's like asking Chris Henry to stay out of trouble for four months.