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Posted on: April 5, 2011 3:21 pm
Edited on: April 5, 2011 7:36 pm
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Offseason Checkup: Jacksonville Jaguars

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

 

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On Dec. 12, 2010, the Jaguars were 8-5, and they were just beginning the week of practices that led to a showdown with the Colts that basically was for the AFC South title, a crown Jacksonville never has won. Indianapolis showed up that night and won by 10 points, and the Jaguars never recovered, losing their final three games and missing the playoffs for the third-straight season.

It was a huge disappointment, and you have to wonder about the future of this organization with this coaching staff in place. That is the No. 1 question facing this franchise heading into next year.




1. Avoid late-season slumps
Do you put this on Del Rio? Do you put this on Jacksonville being a bad cold-weather team? Do you put this on late-season injuries to Garrard and Jones-Drew in 2010? It’s hard to know. But after starting 7-5 in 2009 and 8-5 in 2010, the team went on to lose four games and three games, respectively, to end those years on the sourest of notes. We don’t know the answers to the above questions, but somebody might want to figure it out.

2. Defensive everywhere but DT
Though their 2010 first-round pick of DT Tyson Alualu was deemed a little bizarre at the time, the rookie from California had a pretty good year. He should continue to be an anchor in the middle of the defensive line. Now, just about every other position in Jacksonville’s defense needs to be upgraded. Perhaps most important are the defensive ends, who can help lessen the time the Jaguars unremarkable secondary must cover opposing WRs. Former first round pick Derrick Harvey has been a disaster, Jeremy Mincey is barely passable as a starter and Aaron Kampman has had a couple major knee injuries.

3.Quality Wide Recievers
Is Mike Thomas truly a No. 1 guy? He had a nice season last year (66 catches, 820 yards, four TDs) as a second-year player, but how will he fare without Mike Sims-Walker – who simply wasn’t the consistent playmaker the Jaguars needed? That’s a major question for Thomas and WR Jason Hill. If they can’t produce, Jacksonville still has young receivers in Tiquan Underwood and Jarrett Dillard. Jacksonville could feel the need to upgrade this position before next year, but if not, it’s still a talented, albeit mostly unproven, corps at this point.




It seems like nobody can really tell if QB David Garrard is worth keeping around, though he actually played pretty good football last season. Meanwhile, there’s no question Jacksonville will hang on tightly to RB Maurice Jones-Drew, who recorded 1,324 yards in 14 games last season and surpassed Tennessee’s Chris Johnson as the AFC South’s best back (his backup, Rashad Jennings, also is quality), and TE Marcedes Lewis proved himself a valuable commodity.

The offense most likely will continue to play conservatively – in part, because of the strength of Jones-Drew and to mask some of Garrard’s inadequacies – but the real test will be the defense. For Jacksonville, it’s the playoffs or bust, and most likely, we won’t know how good this team – or how safe Del Rio – really is until Week 13-17.

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Posted on: October 31, 2010 11:39 am
Edited on: October 31, 2010 12:21 pm
 

AFC Inactives, Week 8

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Here’s who IS active in the AFC: Bengals CB Leon Hall.

And here’s who is out:

Dexter McCluster, WR, Chiefs: He has a high ankle sprain, and it looks like he’ll be out the next couple of weeks. Not only do the Chiefs lose a receiving and running threat, but they lose a dynamic kickoff and punt returner. CB Javier Arenas is expected to take over McCluster's duties.

Chinedum Ndukwe, S, Bengals: CB Johnathan Joseph and SS Roy Williams also are out, and when you pair that news with the fact Ndukwe won’t play, that’s a bad, bad sign for the Cincinnati secondary. Tom Nelson – with limited experience and limited talent – should get plenty of playing time in Ndukwe’s place, though Reggie Nelson will start.

Jeremy Mincey, DE, Jaguars:
Earlier in the week, he was named starter ahead of first-round bust Derrick Harvey. But then he broke his hand. So, he’s out and Harvey is back in the starting lineup.

Aaron Maybin, LB, Bills: The freefall of Maybin continues.

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Posted on: October 30, 2010 12:05 am
 

Mincey might not start after all

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You’ll recall a few days ago when we told you that Jaguars DE Jeremy Mincey had overtaken former first-round pick Derrick Harvey for the right to start at defensive end for Jacksonsville.

Mincey Well, the storyline has changed a bit since that story ran.

As the Florida Times-Union writes, a few hours after the Jaguars made that announcement, Mincey – who, mind you, has never started an NFL game – broke his right hand in practice.

Mincey, who has practiced the past two days, is listed as questionable on the injury report for the week, and if he can’t play, it looks like Harvey could retake the starting spot.

From the story:

"The doctor told me I had really strong bones," Mincey said. "I just keep having these freak things."

Mincey said he suffered the injury during a pass-rush drill in which he came off a block too fast. He broke his right hand last year as well and broke his left wrist in 2007 and 2008.

"I told him to drink more milk," Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said.

On a positive note, at least everybody is keeping their sense of humor.

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Posted on: October 27, 2010 5:08 pm
Edited on: October 29, 2010 11:45 pm
 

Derrick Harvey demoted from starting lineup

D. Harvey has been demoted out of the starting lineup (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You know how much DE Derrick Harvey has cost the Jaguars since they drafted him with the No. 8 overall pick in 2008?

It cost them two third-round picks and a fourth-rounder (they also switched first-round picks with Baltimore, which took Joe Flacco with its selection that year). It cost them 33 days during which Harvey was holding out before his rookie year. And it cost them a five-year contract worth $33.4 million (including $17.4 million guaranteed).

And you know what all of that bought Jacksonville? A defensive end who has just been demoted to the second team.

That’s the word out of Jaguars headquarters today, according to the Florida Times-Union.

In his first two seasons, Harvey recorded only six sacks, but the team seemed satisfied with his run-stopping abilities. Coming into this year, Harvey lost 15 pounds in an attempt to make himself a better pass rusher, but that hasn’t come to fruition (he’s recorded exactly one-half sack this year).

Instead, he’s been steadily losing playing time to Jeremy Mincey – who, by the way, has never started an NFL game.

Now, we’ll see how Harvey responds to his demotion. Now, we’ll see if Harvey is even active this Sunday.

"I would expect a guy that faces that kind of situation to respond with a lot of pride," Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said. "He should feel angry and channel that energy into a positive move to become the type of player that we want and need him to become."

And maybe he will play better. According to Tania Ganguli of the Times-Union, DL coach Joe Cullen said Harvey was “pissed” when he found out the news.

That’s probably the exact reaction Cullen wanted to see.

"I don’t quit on anybody,” Cullen told Ganguli. “I know there’s something in there that I’ve got to get out of him."

Who knows if that’s ever going to be more than just a less-than-mediocre defensive end who happened to cost his team a lot of time and money.

*On a side note, Harvey is the last remaining member of Jacksonville’s 2008 draft class, and now, he’s not even starting. Two years removed, that’s not what you’d call a real good draft year for the squad.

**On a second side note, Ganguli has a pretty good stat. On his career, Harvey has batted down two passes. This season, Mincey has three.

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