What is wrong with Eugene Monroe?

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

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  • thehof

    Terry, a few questions…

    a) What is holding Eugene back? Footwork, strength, scheme etc.? How is he getting beat? Do you have any photos that would give us more insight?

    b) Do you see any correlation between Eugene’s bad games and David Garrard’s bad games? How about plays – are Garrard’s errors coming on miscues on the left side?

  • Patrick

    What is up with your dislike of Eugene? 30% is not even close to half, making it the minority not majority. It is the competition, but where was Ware last game? How many times was Freeney’s name called? 3 sacks? Half way through the season, so he’s on pace for giving up 6 total for the year. Bench him! Sorry to go on there but I think you’re over reacting to his performance this year. Or are you saying that his stats are the worst of the line? If that’s the case I will just ask first next time, ha

  • Tim

    Yeah I agree with Patrick here. I think we’re overreacting a bit here. Eugene Monroe will be fine. Relax. 6 sacks in a season is not that many.

  • zoltanfrombudapest

    I can’t wait to see what he will do against Mario Williams. He is the only player who contributing in the Texans defense. If Monroe can shut him down (again)- I have no worries about his progress….

  • Marc

    I’m with Patrick. I’ve listened to Gene Smith, Jack Del Rio and Vic, and they aren’t pointing fingers at Monroe. He’s not pro bowl level but he’s still pretty damn good. Maybe our expectations were he was going to come in and be immediately dominant like Boselli, but that didn’t happen. Doesn’t make him a bad player. I think he’s actually the best player on the line right now, even if he is whiffing on some plays.


    • thehof

      We’re definitely not giving up on the guy by any means. Terry and myself had extremely high expectations of him coming into the season, because his improvement in the second half of 2009 was so rapid and noticeable. He has had some great games this year. He shut down Freeney and he shut down D. Ware. But there have been other times where he’s looked like he’s still got some growing up to do – missing assignments and getting beat when he shouldn’t. I still have faith he’ll be the LT of our future for a long time, I just wasn’t expecting some of the slip ups I’ve been seeing.

  • http://www.bigcatcountry.com Brian Fullford

    This quote sums up my concern: “About 30% of the QB pressure is coming from Eugene Monroe’s area.”

    That is like blaming me for crimes committed because they come from my neighborhood. I echo the other sentiments: if the coaches and media are not calling him a liability he isn’t one. Further, if he passes the eye test then the stats mean even less. Now, as to the question of improvement, that is really where the focus should reside.

  • Stephen

    What are you talking about? He shut down Dwight Freeny and DeMarcus Spears….two big name pass rushers. I believe he had only one bad game, which was the Eagles game.

  • James