A Lucky Tear for the Jags

I hate to see injuries.  They aren’t fun and can ruin the season, or career, of a player.  But in the case of linebacker Elvis Dumervil, it can ruin the season for the team as well.  The word out of Denver currently is that Dumervil has torn a chest muscle, probably a pectoral, during practice that may keep him out for up to five months.

DENVER - OCTOBER 15: Elvis Dumervil #92 of the Denver Broncos sacks quarterback Andrew Walter #16 of the Oakland Raiders in the first quarter on October 15, 2006 at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos lead 10-0 in the second quarter. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Dumervil was a force to be reckoned with in ’09.  Source: Yardbarker

Dumervil led the league in sacks last season with 17.  He was a force that all teams had to take into account and scheme against.  Dumervil thrived in Denver’s 3-4 defense and was one of the reasons that scheme worked so well for them.  Without Dumervil there, a large void has developed in the Denver defense.  A void that is bound to be exploited by opposing offenses.

Previously, Zoltan and Terry did a great job digging through stats and analyzing the Jaguars’ offense versus the Broncos’ defense.  One of the major obstacles to the Jaguars offense on opening day was Dumervil’s stellar numbers and driving engine from last year.  With him gone, the Jags are able to focus on the other defensive hurdles.  All of which may be smaller than Dumervil and his incredible knack for getting to the quarterback.  The next best pass rusher on the Denver defense?  Darrell Reid with four.

This also provides the Jaguars offensive line a break to develop some early season cohesion against a defense that just lost a major pass rushing threat.  Hopefully Monroe and Britton and whoever ends up starting in the middle will end up having a good day and gain some confidence heading into the rest of the season and a tougher schedule.  Maybe if David Garrard and Maurice Jones-Drew have a big day they will gain even more confidence.  And if they can stop David from getting sacked…well, it would be a good beginning to the season.

I wish Elvis Dumervil the best, and I hope he comes back at full force after his injury.  But for now, I’m breathing a sigh of relief for the Jags and relishing this lucky break that may allow them to start the season strong.

- Luke N. Sims

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  • rws591

    The Bronco have T Bo, he’s going to heal Clady and Dumervil as well as start at QB and RB combining for 300 yard passing and 150 rushing.

    In all seriousness, I never like to see an injury especially to a player who is high class on and off the field. I hope Dumervil makes a quick and healthy recovery, even if that means us facing him. I want the Jags to win on their own merits, not due to non-gameplay issues on the other.

    With that being said, the Denver defense should be much, much weaker due to this. Dumervil is the heart of that defense. Everything goes through him and the Denver D will not be able compensate for his loss. No matter what the coaches may say, like with the Revis-Ryan ordeal, without Dumervil, the Denver D will be a shade of its former self.

    • http://www.blackandteal.com tkopa

      RWS – You are right. We do not enjoy any injury and to be denied the chance to se Elvis play is a loss for us. Would any of us rather see Maurice block Shawn Merriman or have Shawn sit out? I wanted Elvis on opening day. I am sad at this news. I hope Denver plays tough. The Jaguars will play tough and need a good challenge.

      Elvis, get better. The NFL is better with you than without you.
      - Terry

      • Luke

        Agreed about having Elvis in to play as well. But it does give the Jags a much better chance at winning. And we should be excited about any extra benefit we get. I’m excited to see how many sacks he gets this season once he returns. I bet he still puts up great sack numbers!

  • zoltanfrombudapest

    Great and cklassy piece Luke.

    I think we will see a lot of Robert Ayers and rookie Jammie Kirlew. Don’t underestimate them.
    But truth be told; if Clady nor Dumervil not hit the field; a loss would be unacceptable for me on opening day by the Jags.

    • http://www.blackandteal.com tkopa

      Jarvis Moss gets his chance now! Don’t forget about him.

  • http://bigcatcountry.com Collin

    Luke, just wanted to give you props on the writing bud. I like your work over here and TOTALLY agree about Dumervil… Hell yes it’s good he tore his Pectoral muscle… Goodness.

    I don’t cheer injury, but hey, it happened, at least it benefits the Jaguars. Lord knows we’ve been on the wrong end of some pretty bad injuries and they have hurt us in the past too. It’s part of the game and I think an article outlining Dumervil’s injury as it pertains to opening day is perfectly appropriate.

    Elvis is likely headed to IR, and he got his 40 some odd million, so I don’t feel all that bad for the guy, honestly, he’s going to get paid to sit at home with his family all year…

    Go Jags! Let’s start the season off right!

    • http://www.blackandteal.com tkopa

      Glad to have you visit Collin