A surprising little nugget from Sunday was that Jaguars LB Clint Session only played six snaps in the win over the Tennessee Titans. Clint Session was one of the GM Gene Smith's major moves in free agency, signing him to a 5 year deal worth $30 million. Looking in from a distance, it looks like the Jacksonville Jaguars have paid a bunch of money for nothing. However, I don't believe that is the case.
The Jaguars defense have frequently used the nickel package in recent years. perhaps it was due to the weakness in pass coverage since the 2008 season or due to the lack of depth at LB (Especially with Justin Durant being plagued by injury).Whatever the reason, the Jaguars utilize the nickel a large amount of times.
In the Tennessee Titans game, the Jaguars front seven basically shut down Chris Johnson, forcing Matt Hasselbeck to pass 34 times, which is a very large amount of times for a running team. Once the Titans started to abandon the run, Clint Session was left to sit on the bench while nickelback Drew Coleman defended against the pass (And not to mention whacking anyone that dared to take a short pass). However, I don't think this will be the last time this will happen, especially if the front seven is as dominant against the run as it was on Sunday. As a matter of fact, I think Session will be enjoying a light workload this week against the Jets as well (but more on that later).
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