I hate to write this post. I really like Eugene Monroe and felt he had turned the corner mid-season last year as both a pass blocker and run blocker. I hoped for a pro bowl consideration for him this year. It isn’t happening.
According to the statistics, Eugene has allowed 3 QB sacks, 6 QB hits and 18 QB pressures from his left side position. About 30% of the QB pressure is coming from Eugene Monroe’s area. The running isn’t very effective to his side either. The Jaguars have 82 rushing yards on 27 attempts to Eugene’s side for a 3.0 average, the problem is most of them are after initial contact.
The Jaguar rushing game is not the same this year. Either the line or Maurice are not right, but Eugene is not providing any real help right now. I don’t mean to single him out, but he was a top ten draft choice and this year is not showing a progressively better left tackle.
Is he going down the path of Derrick Harvey? I don’t think so. Eugene Monroe will either improve or move into a guard position. Would Gene draft another left tackle? I think he would if he thought the player was fantastic.
Can we say it is because he has faced really good competition? I would argue he was drafted that high to be able to contend with that level of competition. Can we say it is because John Smiley was next to him and not Uche Nwaneri? Maybe we can. The offensive line is not one player, it is a unit working together. Whoever is next to you matters. The trouble is Vince Manuwai is a run blocking stud but not a great pass blocking force. I think the left side of the line is where the pressure can come. Of course, Jordan Black is now on the right side.
We need Eugene Monroe to get his game together. Right now, we only have Brad Meester and Uche Nwaneri holding up well. The offensive line is not yet fixed.
- Terry O’Brien