The Jaguars are on defense, the opposing quarterback is looking over our formation. Daryl Smith is juking in toward the line, a big smile on his face. So is Justin Durant. Tyson Alualu and Terrance Knighton shift positions. Aaron Kampman’s knee is twitching as he digs for leverage. It is third and 8 and the QB knows if he can’t get set and throw in 3 seconds, he is dead. If both Justin Durant and Daryl Smith blitz, he won’t have three seconds. He is very uncomfortable with this play call.
Kirk Morrison yells out “I know what you are thinking… are they rushing 6 guys or only 5? Well, do you feel lucky?”
That is the fear Joe Cullen wants in every quarterbacks head on every down of every game. Most NFL offensive lines are not all-pro players. A lot of teams have let this area go. When an offensive line begins to crack, the quarterback gets nervous. When a quarterback gets nervous, he can’t set his feet or wait for the open man. He tends to run and that is what we want.
I like Derrick Harvey and I think I will like Tyson Alualu. I like Reggie Hayward and Aaron Kampman will be fine with me. I need to meet Larry Hart, D’Anthony Smith and Austen Lane. By my count, there are now 12 defensive linemen on the team. It shouldn’t be too hard to find a really good unit among them. I think the Jaguars will succeed this time when two years ago they failed to draft their way into a pass rush.
Did we do wrong picking up this many defensive linemen? Shouldn’t we have drafted in another group? I am more than fine with what happened. If we can generate a significant pass rush and scare the other quarterback into mistakes, I will be one happy season ticket holder.
It is time for Joe Cullen to go to work. I just have one question… to Peyton Manning and Vince Young and Matt Schuab… Do you feel lucky?
- Terry O’Brien