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Defensive lines – Forget about Babin; focus on Jones!

I have concerns about the Titans defensive line but not at the ends. Yeah I know that Jason Babin and Dave Ball have 10 sacks together but we must look behind the numbers. They produced 20 of the 22 sacks against Oakland; Pittsburgh (with Charlie Batch at QB); Denver and Dallas. What is in common of these teams? Not good offensive lines! Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton had 4 very good games this year –each! These guys blocked Mathis and Freeney pretty effectively. Babin and Ball are not even close to those 2 players.

However there is one player the Jaguars must take care of - Jason Jones. He is playing almost Haynesworth-ish level lately. He is the real deal there. He is the one who must be double teamed. Brad Meester must play in a very high level against him (key match up Nr. 1). And Nwaneri -and most likely- Manuwai both must produce a very effective game! I think they can.

 The Titans O-line has good players well but the Jaguars D-line can make plays there. Why? Because the Tennessee pass protection has been struggling lately. Last year; they gave up 15 sacks in the 491 passing attempts. This year after 5 games and 121 passing attempts the Titans QB (mostly Young) was sacked 12 times. 80% of the ’09 sack total in 5 games! I hope Joe Cullen took some notes from the tape… The best player is still LT Michael Roos there and he will go against Aaron Kampman; the best D-lineman of the Jaguars (key match up Nr. 2). But the rest of the O-line can be attacked; and they must put the pressure on Young. Alualu has a solid rookie campaign; and Knighton had an up and down season so far. As for the LDE position; I just have one wish- stop the run there Derrick (or anybody who will play there)! And speaking of underachievers; I am starting to have doubts about Larry Hart! Did you noticed him so far in the regular season? Because I barely heard his name being mentioned.  He is supposed to be our Robert Mathis right? Now he is looking like Jorge Cordova to me (=failed experiment). I know the Jaguars have played in just 5 games; but he played all in them and has not recorded a single tackle! Hart is for me a growing concern….

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  • http://mlhawk.wordpress.com Matt

    I don’t agree with calling Mike Sims-Walker “Mr. Unhappy?”.

    • zoltanfrombudapest

      He was unhappy last week. But now the jaguars will need him. He must show up and play really well.; because I think the Titans will take away MJD in this game…

      • Phil

        I think the whole MSW thing is blown way out of proportion. His game didn’t regress, he is still a good wr. He knows he is good and would like his numbers to reflect that. I have no problem with that. As long as they’re winning I don’t think it bothers him as much as it’s made out to be.

  • Kenneth

    I don’t know what Hart has to do with Verner. Verner was picked 4th round, 104. Hart, 5th round 143. Not like they passed on Verner to take Hart so I don’t understand the reference.

    • zoltanfrombudapest

      I know. I just wanteed to say with that- -for now- I would love if Verner not Hart would play for the Jags

  • surteal

    ZOltan

    good article, but be patient on the DE’s. I know its repetitive by now, but they really do take a little while to develop

    • zoltanfrombudapest

      I know Brandon- But Hart played in every game; and didn’T recordeda SINGLE tackle. That is making me worry

      • surteal

        I think its cause he gets swallowed up in his own bull rush and takes himself and the T out of the play