Random Thoughts after Week Four

Every year a football team becomes something new. Things we didn’t expect happen, things we did expect don’t happen.  I think the Jaguars clearly demonstrate that. Part of being a fan is being wrong sometimes. I fall into that, so here are some observations and things I might have been wrong about:

I think Eben Britton might be the most improved player. I also think Eugene Monroe is having a slump. The only difference is Uche Nwaneri has moved from side to the other. He is with Eben now.  Uche Nwaneri and Eben Britton are forming quite a duo but Eben Britton is doing a lot on his own. I was wrong about him. I also said Eugene Monroe was pro-bowl caliber and sadly that has not been shown thus far.

Mike Sims-Walker has the dropsy’s and David might have lost confidence in him. I don’t know what Mike’s problem this year is, but he is regressing and becoming very ordinary. There are other receivers ready to step up and Mike Thomas and Tiquan Underwood are making a case for themselves. I though Mike would be better this year.

The Defensive Line is as good as I thought, but Zoltan was right about a lack of backups and rotation. The Jaguars may suffer from running with the lead horses too long. Kampman, Alualu and Knighton are in every single play. I stand by my comments that Derek Landri and John Henderson were worth keeping. We will see.

David Garrard must be Bi-Polar. He is either a league leading quarterback or the worst in the league. I really don’t get the wild swings, but that pass to Tiquan Underwood won the Indy game and the near interception the next play almost lost it. It is freaky to watch.

Do the Jaguars have a witness protection program? Where did Derek Cox and Tyron Brackenridge go? They are both running special teams duty so they aren’t hurt. No matter what Derek Cox did, Ben Rothlesburger was allowed back into football before Derek is. What did these guys do and what game is being played? We are hemorrhaging pass yards and trying everyone and anyone in the backfield except these two guys who have experience. What is the deal?

Maurice needs a breakout game to convince me he is 100%. He does have 322 yards rushing and is on pace with a very good season, but I feel something is lacking in his play. There isn’t the same spark, the pancake blocks, the elusive runs, the knocking people over.  I remember watching him with my jaw dropping. That isn’t happening.

Greg Jones and Marcedes Lewis might be the offensive MVPs this year.Very quietly these guys are doing a lot for their team.  I really believe Marcedes should get the ball more and think we are wasting him as an offensive weapon, but there is no missing his contribution. Also Greg Jones has been a blocking machine running to the right this year.  Both of them are making things happen.

I feel down on the Jaguars and I don’t know why.  I think the talk of a playoff run and the hope of a more solid team got my expectations up. The solid win against Denver was a great start. maybe if we take out Buffalo and Tennessee and go 4-2 I will feel better. I don’t know what it is, but to me thet aren’t right yet. I don’t know, how do you feel?

Here is to a good week!

- Terry O’Brien

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  • Teres

    You are right my friend about Derek Landri.. It was not because of the effort on the field.. Someone did not like himon the coaching staff, and it was not the issue of J. Henderson in pre season. John and Derek were friends…

  • Luke

    I am so glad Greg Jones is back and playing so well! I’ve missed him being consistently in the lineup for so many seasons. We’re blessed to have such a brilliant blocking Fullback that could easily play halfback for so many franchises around the league!

  • zoltanfrombudapest

    Very interesting points:

    I think Monroe had 2 good; 1 really bad; and 1 average game. We will see. I think he is doing okay. And Eben get your respect? That is says all about him this season so far!

    MSW had Champ Bailey on opening day (0 catches) and David missed him this time when he was open (plus I think David was on a short leash last week). I have a feeling he will be pretty active this weekend…

    D-line : yeah there is no depth there. Douzable and Cohen are just guys. Why we cut Montavius Stanley? Or Ellison? Or Landri? I don’T get that part…Henderson- with him the salary was the issue.

    Garrard- I agree.
    Cox and T-Brack. I didn’t understand the Cox situation and I guess many of Jags fans and media (read Gene Frenette’s tweets now..)don’t get that too…He must play to get his confindence back! Rotation Jack; did you know that word?
    T-Brack? That “he can play safety” experiment is failed; and that might cost him his job here very soon….

    MJD: Big test on Sunday. I think Stroud and Kyle Williams will be much better then the 32ns Run D would suggested. I agree- I want to see a 100+ multiple TD games from him; but it will be not easy; and I think Maurice is not 100% helathy (and he might get a new injury last Sunday…)

    Greg&Marcedes: Add Kampman and Darly Smith to the list and you have your 4 best players of the first 4 games!

    And about your feelings toward the Jags: We will see. They must this one right here. If we see no signs of a usual “hangover ater a big W” then I’ll start to get optimistic about them.

    • kjones407

      I disagree with you on your assessment about Cohen being just another guy, he has starter potential in my opinion. He has been out with an injury the last two games, but if you go back and watch the game against the Chargers, you’ll see what I’m talking about. He missed a few tackles, which were probably just technique issues, but he has the tools to be successful. He is lightning quick off the snap which usually leads to him getting good penetration and he has the build to hold the point of attack. Also, his shed blocking ability appears to be above average. I’m not sure about his pass rushing ability, but he is young and should only get better. When D’Anthony Smith returns, the Jags should have one of the better, young defensive tackle rotations in the league.