What happened with these guys? Grading Gene Smith (Part II)

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If there is one thing we have learned, it is that Gene Smith has no problem telling players they are no longer wanted by the Jacksonville Jaguars.  In this series, I have been looking back one year and grading the cuts Gene made. If Gene cut the player and he hasn’t produced anywhere else, I give him an A.  If the player becomes a productive player and could have been a benefit to the team, I give Gene a D or F.

Yesterday I gave out marks for cutting Jerry Porter (A+), Reggie Williams (A), Matt Jones (A), Cleo Lemon (A), Tony Pashos (B+) and Paul Spicer (A).   Gene did well with these cuts.

Today we continue the look back and grade more of the players. After the jump, we have 8 more players to consider and not all of these are A grades for Gene. Let’s get going…

 Dennis Northcutt:

Arizona Cardinals v Detroit Lions

Source: Yardbarker

Dennis was traded for S Gerald Alexander during last off-season. Dennis was a deep threat in the last couple of games for the Jaguars in ’08. Well he did not continued that in the Motor City. He played in all of the games; started in 2; recorded 35 catches (tied 3rd most at the team) and 415 yards (4th in the team) with scoring 1 TD. These are average numbers, even for Detroit. Alexander recorded average number for the Jaguars (I wrote in my last article; that his league wide average numbers counted as almost good numbers in the Jaguars secondary). I think the 2 teams got around the same caliber of players. The Jaguars luck is that Gerald is younger then Dennis. Grade for letting him go (with the performance of Alexander added): B+

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Topics: Brian Williams, Dennis Northcutt, Fred Taylor, Gerald Sensabaugh, Quentin Groves

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  • JagSoldier

    Gerald Sensabaugh was by far the biggest mistake to let go. If we had him and Alexander in the backfield I would feel I heck of lot more comfortable about the secondary. GS is a solid player. Brian Williams is another who should have stayed but I dont think that Gene wanted to pay him.

    • http://www.blackandteal.com tkopa

      I 100% agree. Gene gutted our backfield with no plan to move forward.

    • zoltanfrombudapest

      Sensy made his way out with that arrest I mentioned. If Gene would let him; his “good guys” policy might be in jeopardy…Of course I understand why he might looks as the biggest FA mistake; but I can understand Gene’s decesion in that case.
      Brian Williams was a bad move ttoo. He could play CB and S; and Gene let him go

  • acedarney

    I would have rather kept Brian Williams (who could have also played safety) over Drayton Florence.

  • matt

    The grammar in all of these articles is so terrible. It makes it hard to read.

    • acedarney

      I’m sure if you were writing it all in Hungarian, Zoltan would say the same about your articles.

      • http://www.blackandteal.com tkopa

        Love it!

    • zoltanfrombudapest

      Please show me some examples. I always want to improve in every level- including grammar. That part is clearly one of my biggest weakpoint!

  • matt

    I actually had no idea where you were from. All the articles on here are really informative though, one of the few good places to find interesting pieces on the Jags.

    • zoltanfrombudapest

      Thanks for the nice words.

      And feel free to show me where I must improve my English. As I mentioned; that area is still not my strognest part; and I want to improve.

      • JagSoldier

        I read so much of your stuff Zoltan that I have learned to translate it. You dont need to change a thing my friend. Also, you are right of course about Gene needing to stick to his guns with cutting the law breakers. And he did try to fix the secondary some with the trade for Alexander and signing Constitine. But I would still rather have Williams and Sensabaugh back there. The good guy policy is a good thing but it does need to be based on a case by case situation. Gene knows these players personally and we dont. I would like to know if he came to the conclusion that GS was a bad person and couldnt be redeemed or is it just that he broke the rules so now he has to gono questions asked.

        • http://www.blackandteal.com tkopa

          When I edit Zoltan’s articles, I could clean up a lot of it, but I feel like I am taking his true voice away. I purposely leave his flavor and writing accent in.

          Which way do you guys think is better? Should I sanitize or leave the Hungarian tone in?

          • acedarney

            I think if you just clean up the blatant errors, that should be fine. The sentences that just sound a little funny give it personality and don’t really need to be changed. It should really be up to Zoltan though.

          • JagSoldier

            Leave it Hungarian. I think that it is a special thing to have a fan from so far away have so much passion and give so much to the team we all love. I like Zoltans writing and I look forward to seeing him in his Jag t-shirt this season. By the way, you guys are really doing an awesome job over here at B&T. Keep up the good work.

  • Chris

    Don’t change Zolt’s articles at all. Sometimes the reading becomes hard to make out like “gig” was supposed to be “did” in Part 1 I believe…but we get the concept. I do believe pointing out errors in a constructive way will help improve his writing, so if I find any…I’ll let ya know. I happen to think you know much about the Jags and I, being in Memphis, TN, am jealous of your closeness and involvement in what I think is the best run organizatino in the league.

    But on topic…

    Gene’s concern about having quality character players is a great thing. Sure Sensy had a decent season, but not having him in the locker room, constantly wondering if he will slip up is something he didn’t want to have. 1 bad apple can spoil a bunch. All it takes is 1 of Sensy’s “friends” in the locker room to repeat his mistakes and then it keeps growing like a fungus through the locker room. I’m sure he is a great guy, but all it takes is one mistake. And I applaud Gene for making a tough decision like that and to face the criticism.

    The whole Bdub thing is a wash as well. Sure he could play S or CB, but we had just drafted Derek Cox and Bdub’s contract was too high as it was for a nickelback or a safety for that matter. It was a business decision and a youth movement combined. two birds…one stone.

    Keep up the good articles.