After two weeks without writing for the site and with the Jags going down again in Kansas City, I’m ready to join Terry in the “not a believer in GM Gene” train.
I know JDR is an average to bad coach. Also, it’s pretty clear that Mel Tucker should be coaching Pop Warner. But after those two (and others) are fired after this season, we’ll have one little problem: this team lacks talent. What’s worse, the Jags don’t have a STAR player.
Shack Harris was an awful personnel man. Gene Smith isn’t bad, but he’s mediocre, like the overall results of the players he has drafted:
Eugene Monroe: Solid player, no star, but he’s a keeper.
Eben Britton: Better than Mike Pearson, but mediocre. Now injured.
Derek Cox: Has talent, but inconsistent.
Terrance Knighton: Him and Monroe are good players, not great. Inconsistent, but a good pick from Gene.
Mike Thomas: Good player.
Jarrett Dillard, Zach Miller, Rashad Jennings: Flashes, but all three injury-prone.
Tiquan Underwood: Alvis Whitted 2.0, but not bad for a seventh round pick.
Tyson Alualu: Solid player so far. Probably never a star, but has potential.
D’Anthony Smith: On IR.
Larry Hart: No impact, so far.
Austen Lane: Still “green”. No impact in a couple of years, probably.
Deji Karim: Good pick, excellent return guy, solid player.
Scotty McGee: On IR.
That’s 15 players: It’s early, but in my opinion we have, 3 above average players (Tyson, Monroe, Knighton), three good, near average guys (Karim, Cox, Thomas), two guys that I’m having serious doubts (Britton, Hart), and a bunch of guys who are two years away from –perhaps- contributing, or perpetually injured.
Oh, and no All Pro stars on the horizon. Again. (unless you count Josh Scobee).
Meanwhile, during this “3-4 year rebuilding project”, we are seeing some good players decline, like Mathis, Manuwai, Meester, Daryl Smith and even MJD.
I hope Gene Smith drafts some QB’s and lot of prospects to help the defense. But what I want is a couple of star players. No more mediocre choir boys, please.