With the new addition of Dawan Landry, the Jags now have two starting caliber safeties. Courtney Greene, the other safety, proved he was worthy of the job in his duties as the strong safety last season. But, as we have all read and know, Dawan Landry is not a pure free safety to complement Courtney Greene. Instead, in our new defensive duo, we get two players who hit hard, play rough, and are tackling crazy. But neither are a true free safety. And without a true free safety, mismatches could develop.
Now, with one preseason game under the Jags’ belt, there is no need to panic (especially since it’s almost all about evaluation for the coaches), but what will happen when the season actually begins?
With two “strong” safeties starting for the Jaguars there needs to be better play at cornerback, and more efficiency out of the front seven. Fortunately, the Rashean Mathis is feeling good (better than ever since 2007) and the coaches are confident in their young D-linemen.
I’m trusting GM Gene threw together a brilliant team this year, and I think that the defensive back play will be decisively better in 2011. Landry has an impressive resume after all. But ignoring these potential mismatches won’t make them go away. It may require different (and better) scheming and play calling this season. But either way, it’ll make the season interesting. Is there cause for concern with our safety personnel? I think so. Or am I just making a mountain out of a molehill? What do you think?
– Luke N. Sims