Gene Smith made two big mistakes

I was listening to the Pete Prisco show the other night.  I don’t do that often but now and then I wonder over.  Pete had a guest on that I wish I could remember his name because he was very astute. He made this point about the New York Jets; they can never be blown out because they play good defense and can run the ball.  They will hang around every game and can never be counted out just for that reason.  If I compare a Jaguar team to that description, it would be the 8-8 2006 Jaguars.  I looked back at their season and sure enough, they were never blown out.  I think Pete’s guest was right, play good defense and run the ball and you have a team that can go places.

I know the Jaguars say they want to build that kind of team so I looked at the player decisions this past year to see if they were consistent with that strategy.  I found two glaring mistakes Gene Smith and Terry McDonough made.  See if you agree with me.

Mistake #1 – Not signing Gerald Sensabaugh to a five year contract

The Jaguars do not have a safety the quality of Sensabaugh on the squad. Sean Considine, Reggie Nelson and Gerald Alexander are not even close to Gerald’s level of play This lack of good Safety play in the backfield opened the Jaguars up to the passing game and cost them at least one game this season if not two.  Gerald played the run better than the pass, but at least he could play the pass. We have no one back there today and are trying to fill a gap we didn’t need to fill.

Letting Gerald Sensabaugh walk away was a big mistake. – agree?

Mistake #2 Drafting Eben Britton.

Disregard what you are being told about great bookend tackles being drafted, only Eugene Monroe lived up to the billing. Eben Britton was close to being the worst pass blocking right tackle in the NFL last year.  We can only hope he improves dramatically over his rookie season.  Drafting a right tackle was not a mistake, not drafting Sebastian Vollimer was.  Eben Britton was picked at draft position 39, Sebastian was drafted at position 58.  Vollimer is not only a good pass blocker, he is a devastating run blocker. The Jaguars almost gave up running to the right by the end of the season. If Sabastian Vollimer had been there, the Jaguars would have had an awesome running attack to both the left and the right side. I can show you examples of how Maurice could have busted some big runs if Eben had blocked. Eben Britton is closer to being a bust than a star, Sebastian Vollimer is already a star.

Choosing Eben Britton over Sebastian Vollimer was a big mistake. – agree?

With these two players, Gerald Sensabaugh and Sebastian Vollimer the Jaguars would be a lot closer to having a good defense and a very strong running attack. They may have made the playoffs.

 - Terry O’Brien

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  • viator

    I don’t know, Terry. You bring up some interesting points. I hope Britton can turn things around, I like him. About Sensabaugh, I wondered why they allowed him to go. Maybe he was a part of the locker room divide?

    • http://www.blackandteal.com tkopa

      It is a performance league. He has to perform. Vollimer already does.

      Thanks for coming by!

  • http://www.bigcatcountry.com Jonathan Loesche

    Pretty simple on Sensabaugh. 3 years running he got arrested in his home town on weapons charges. Not the kind of guy Gene Smith would want to have on his team. Not to mention the play he made against Minnesota.

  • http://jingoist-foundingprinciples.blogspot.com/ JagFan

    I think you’re right about Sensabaugh and wrong about the o-lineman. Britton played better this year than Monroe, who was burned so often that he was nicknamed “toast” by another poster at the TU website. Monroe’s man was in the backfield almost as often as MJ Drew! You may be right about Vollimer, I couyldn’t tell you the 1st thing about him, but that HINDSIGHT.

    Smith has made some very good moves.

  • zoltanfrombudapest

    Sensabaugh -well he was arrested; with is guns-And THAT made his way out from Jville-If don’t drove gis cars with a small army eqipment-he would be playing as a Jaguar. And DON’T FORGET Terry he got a 1-year contract in Dallas=He MUST played on that level how he played. Not to mention in Dallas there is a pass-rush! And his move against Rice in the playoffs was not the prettiest either.

    Britton: I don’t know. Hey nobody saw Vollmer I think. IT’s a crystall ball business you can hit home runs. I’m solid with Eben.Wy? 2 words: Jeff Lageman. He watches tape none of us do. He is NOT a Jaguars employee. I trust his recaps about n players; then anyone else. I don’t heard him critisizing Britton that much throught the season (Opposite to Monroe-to be fair in the end he played well; but I see New England and Cleveland Terry-uhm; I’M NOT SOLD 100% on Monroe yet…)Both the tackles must be better. But I have NO PRFOBLEM with the Britton pick.

  • zoltanfrombudapest

    BY the way:
    My list of Gene mistakes are the following:
    Signing Brian -awfull Russell instead of Bernard Pollard in the season: Could you imagine if that hard hitting safety would play here???? Instead Gene signed a joke. Luckly he cut him and replaced by Anthony Smith but-That was HUGE MISTAKE!

    Another big mistake: Letting go Derek Landri for free. If someone is picked up within 24 hours he was waived=he had the value for a low round draft pick (Tony McDaniel anyone?) That was a bad deceison; specially if we know that we have no 7th rounder this time!

  • jagsoldier

    I wanted Gerals to stay as well, he is a tough guy and this defense needs more tough guys. I didnt get to watch to many games this year so I cant say much about Britton so I leave that up to you guys to explain to me. Some people praise him and other dont. Who knows hopefully next year he will be even better.