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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly from the Jacksonville Jaguars

May 31st, 2011 at 7:03 AM
By Brendan Sonnone

Hello to all Jacksonville Jaguars fans, football fans or anyone else who is taking the time to read this blog. Let me begin by saying thanks for your interest.

Jacksonville Jaguars Maurice Jones-Drew looks to the sideline as he runs the ball in for a touchdown during the second half of their NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Jacksonville, Florida December 12, 2010. REUTERS/Daron Dean (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

I am excited to be in a position again to write about a team that I have followed closely since I was in elementary school.

My objective here is to provide accurate and entertaining information about the Jaguars on a daily basis. Detailed analysis, links to what others around the web are writing about the Jags, frequent interaction with my audience and timely updates in precise, digestible stories is what I’m aiming for.

For my first article here I’d like to play a little bit of catch-up. Let’s face it, I’m definitely behind the oh so clichéd proverbial 8-ball in terms analyzing last month’s NFL Draft and what the Jaguars need to do this offseason…when NFL teams are officially allowed to make moves.

So I will keep this brief.

In an ode to Clint Eastwood, here is the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to breaking down Jacksonville’s roster.

Offense

The Good: It’s a no brainer here: Maurice-Jones Drew. The little stick of dynamite went off for the Jaguars last year, rushing for 1,324 yards in 14 games. It was undoubtedly an impressive performance for a guy that was dinged up throughout the year. If he’s rested and good to go when next season begins, Jacksonville will have one of the league’s top weapons to utilize.

The Bad: Sorry David Garrard, your time is up…and rightfully so. The 33-year-old’s numbers were solid last year (23 TDs, 15 INTs and a 90.8 QB Rating through 14 games) but they certainly weren’t indicative of just how inept he was at running the offense. His inability to handle pressure and manage the game cost the Jags games and will likely cost him his job, sooner rather than later, now that first-round pick Blaine Gabbert is slated to be the face of the franchise.

The Ugly: The wider receivers in general do not instill a lot of confidence in me, or probably anyone who follows the team. Mike Sims-Walker was the best of the group and won’t be back. Mike Thomas had a heckuva season (820 yards, 4 TDs) but I have concerns that he is a No.1 receiver. Jason Hill was a fantastic free agent pickup but can he remain a consistent threat in 2011? Maybe the Jags are relying on rookie Cecil Shorts from Mount Union, a Division III school, but that transition will take some time. I have to imagine a solid free agent receiver will be added when the lockout is over.

Defense

The Good: Young linemen Terrance Knighton and Tyson Alualu were simply spectacular for the Jags and proved that they are future building blocks for an otherwise lackluster defense.

The Bad: I was ecstatic when the Jaguars traded for Kirk Morrison last offseason, but the linebacker was mediocre and the results were dismal. Considering that many expected him to be a focal point of the defense, I think it’s safe to say that Morrison has been a bust thus far in Jacksonville. He might get another shot (and deserves one) but who knows if that’ll happen.

The Ugly: No debate here, it’s the safeties. They were atrocious last season and the organization has admitted that already. Jacksonville selected Chris Prosinski of Wyoming in the fourth round of this year’s draft but this position needs a lot more attention.

Tags: Chris Prosinski, David Garrard, Football, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kirk Morrison, Maurice-Jones Drew, NFL, Terrance Knighton, Tyson Alualu

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