With all of this Jaguars MVP talk, it brings up memories of the impact of another free agent linebacker: The legendary Mike Peterson. He was never the guy that put up the gaudy numbers like Ray Lewis or Brian Urlacher, but he made up for it by just being a solid player all-around and by being the heart of the stingy defense that defined the early years of the Jack Del Rio era. Plus, where would we be without quotables like "Welcome to Duval, Prepare to Be Hit?"
In July 2011, the Jaguars were emerging from the lockout, trying to improve an absolutely dreadful defense that was 29th overall. However, while it was bad, it had young talent like Derek Cox, Terrance Knighton, and Tyson Alualu to build around.And in came Paul Posluszny, a solid player that proved to be a thorn in the side of the Jaguars in their numerous confrontations with the Buffalo Bills. Suddenly, eight games into his first season as a Jaguars, Poz has become a leader of an ascending defense that is currently ranked 7th in the league. He has been shown to be an effective tackler (His 66 tackles are ranked 4th in the NFL), he has been an effective blitzer, and he has been a major factor in pass coverage with 5 passes defensed (In hi best year as a Jaguar, Peterson had 5 passes defensed). Does that mean there will be a return of that certain nastiness that the defense used to have? Perhaps. But I don't want to answer to Poz's monster of a neck!
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