Follow Jaguars.com Senior Editor (and one of my favorite football personalities) as he interviews Jaguars GM Gene Smith and takes a few calls.
Yahoo! sports also talks Garrard here.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
My real site that I own is called LateRoundPick and we cover most NFL stuff (or try too). On this site, I chose Jaguars rookie 7th rounder RB Rashad Jennings as my featured Late Rounder this season. If you want, you can read an article about him that I wrote and a stats page that I keep for him by clicking here. Jennings had over 50 yards against the Titans and was key to running the clock out and securing the victory.
*pictured: Jaguars guard Vince Manuwai. back from surgery to move those chains in 2009.
We saw the Jaguars put up a mighty fight in Indianapolis week 1, yet the secondary was carved like a turkey on Thanksgiving day. We then saw the Jaguars fail to play football against the Arizona Cardinals and then somehow get competitive at the end. If it wasn't for WR Nate Huges dropping two TD's in the mid-4th quarter. We may have had a real chance to pull a victory out of nowhere.
Then, it got better. The Jaguars offense was unstoppable through the air (not a typo, that really happened) against the Texans and a late fumble recovery in the end-zone by OLB Darryl Smith sealed the game. Then the terrible Titans came to their "second" home stadium. They were embarrassed and it feels so good to type that. They were outplayed, out-coached and simply embarrassed. Jeff Fisher's team can go back to their real home field where they have no victories.
So, this raises the question. What turned the season around? Can it last?
The simple answer is the passing game. David Garrard has been playing excellent football the last two weeks. This past week, he threw for over 300 yards and had 3 TD's.
Mike Sims-Walker has emerged and he is "who we thought he were" having over 270 yards and 3 TD's in the only 3 games he recorded a catch this season (the most recent 3). Will this continue? It should.
The offensive line has grown up over night and is always the main reason behind a succesful passing game. After starting two rookie tackles against pro bowl defensive ends in week 1. LT Eugene Monroe and RT Eben Britton missed this past weeks game against the Titans. Monroe had the flu (not swine) and Britton has an sprained knee but should be back soon. Monroe also held star DE Mario Williams of the Texans to no sacks.
The only real problem is that our secondary is tied for last with the Titans. In my opinion this is due to having no pass rush at all. During the Colts' game in week 1, DE Reggie Heyward was lost for the season along with WR Troy Williamson. The Jaguars have failed to produce a consistent pass rush since that one sack Heyward had and after trading all those draft picks away in 2008 for DE Derek Harvey and DE Quentin Groves, no questions were answered.
This is just a little update. I might write some more later.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Torry Holt showed off his "gift" from the game. A broken middle joint on his middle finger of his left hand at a news conference Thursday.
"This is my trophy, man," says Holt. "Over the year, catching a lot of balls...popping it in, popping it out. A couple of years ago against the Steelers, I popped it out and it never went back."
"People ask me if I'm going to get it repaired, get it fixed," Holt said. "I tell them this is what I got out of the game. Some crooked fingers."
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Derek Cox is little known to the media because of the school he played for-William and Mary. This caused him to be a surprise on draft day. The Jaguars claiming to have stuck to the top of their draft board, drafted the unknown wonder after a trade with the Patriots. The trade cost the Jaguars thier 2009 7th round pick and 2010 2nd round pick. Before you complain, this is a good thing. The Jaguars save salary cap room by paying next years 2nd rounder this years 3rd round money and they draft a guy that they feel is a 2nd round pick, on any draft. Remember, Gene Smith (GM) knows what hes doing. Just sit back and enjoy the show. We are fans for a reason.
4.39 40 yard dash
11' 8" Broad Jump
36.5" Vertical Leap
Virginia Gazette Article:
The 6-foot-1 cornerback was a three-year starter for coach Jimmye Laycock. He compiled 172 career tackles and finished with nine interceptions and 20 pass breakups.
During his pro-day workout, Cox ran a 4.39-second 40-yard dash and posted a 36-1/2-inch vertical nearly reached 12 feet in the broad jump.
Terry McDonough, the Jaguars director of player personnel, was even more impressed with what he saw on film.
"I watched every game tape in which he played and I think he is really, really good, “McDonough told Jaguars.com. “When you put Derek Cox’s tape on, you go, ‘Whoa!’.”
The Jaguars weren’t the only team interested in Cox’s services. The Washington Redskins, Cincinnati Bengals, Atlanta Falcons, St. Louis Rams, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts and the Pittsburgh Steelers were all very high on the W&M corner.
“You do not give next year’s [No. 2 pick] if you don’t think that guy will be a starter,” McDonough said. “We said we believe our eyes. If he’s not a starter at sometime over the next two years, we made a mistake.”
Derek Cox Highlights:
Tackle for Loss
Back-Jump to Block Pass
Another Pick 6
Thanks to Adam Stites for the links!
I'm not gonna lie, Im excited to see what he can do.