Chasing The Lombardi 05/18

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This week’s column compares the Superstars around the AFC South. Every team that ever won the “Chase” to the Lombardi Trophy had a Superstar, some had a bevy of Superstars. So, let’s take a look at what the AFC South has to offer.

I’m new at photoshop, so let’s hope I get better on that picture before next week.

Do the Jaguars have a Superstar?

I remember watching Natrone Means as a little kid and thinking he was the coolest guy ever, mostly due to his tinted visor. Thus began a love-fest for me with the Jaguars and runningbacks. Means passed the proverbial torch into the hands of  James Stewart who, despite setting records, could only last so long when Fred Taylor became the Jaguars first pick of the 1998 NFL Draft. Fred Taylor embodied the term Superstar whenever he played. Unfortunately the “whenever he played” part was the issue. Taylor would go on to miss 35 games in his 11 seasons with the Jaguars, sadly ending after the 2008 season.

In 2006, the Jaguars selected an under-the-radar back that lacked height. Thrilled was not the most popular reaction. Maurice Jones-Drew is now an icon in Jacksonville. Jones-Drew teamed with Taylor to produce one of the NFL’s best running tandems for their 3-year span. In his rookie season, Jones-Drew finished with 941 yards rushing. Combine that with the 1,146 yards that Taylor put up and you get exposure. The Jaguars were all over ESPN, NFLN and anything else you could watch. That team had a face and it looked like an angry team that would punch you in the mouth, laugh, and then run through you. We were blessed with two Superstars to watch and had an identity worth bragging about. Jones-Drew, as I’m sure you know, remains as the lone Superstar on the team and he is the only reason the Jaguars stay relevant. That is the impact of a Superstar. He is why we are able to somewhat convince ourselves we have a chance at watching the Jaguars go deep in the playoffs.

Let’s look at each team in the division and find the main Superstars and give them a rating. 5 stars is a full-blown Superstar, anything less shows the players that are close.

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  • zoltanfrombudapest

    I like the way you compared the rosters of the AFC South.

    But I would add 3 names in each of the opponents:

    FDor the Colts- Austin Collie 4 star – he is not just that good because Manning is the QB. He might be the Nr. 1 WR of the Colts- yes better then Wayne!!!!

    For the Titans- Jason Jones. BEAST at the middle. he is a 4 star guy in the rise.

    And I add Cushing to the Texans- 4 stars, but I’m looking forward how he and Mario Williams will fit or not in the 3-4.

    • Brandon Clark

      Thanks for the conversation on this article, buddy.

      Cushing I go back and forth on. I saw him as a 3.5 that plays as a 4 at times.

      Collie, I want another year before I give him the 4, he’s close. And you’re right, Manning isn’t the only reason he is good. I just wanted more time and I had to write that line on a few people so I felt it would be redundant on Collie. I hope he stays healthy. very fun to watch.

      on jason jones, this is gonna sound weird. I want to see his size hold up more there. He’s 276 and I’m curious how long he lasts at being good there. Will they leave him there? He’s really got last year, a half a year and a great rookie year. If he gets one more great season, then 4 star definitely. Time was a key factor for me.

      I’m surprised there was no comment on Mario Williams not being a 5 star. I just don’t think he is. what do you think?

  • kjones407

    I like the grades for the Jags. With Knighton, Alualu, Thomas and Monroe all being very young players, if they can continue to progress, this team could have a handful superstars. Whether or not they are recognized by the national media or not means nothing as long as they perform at a superstar level.

    There are a couple of players that you didn’t give a grade for that I would like to know how you would rate them. Derek Cox, Eben Britton, Uche Nwaneri, Zach Miller, Rashad Jennings and Courtney Green. I think Cox, Britton, Miller and Jennings could become 4 star players in their own right.