Haters are still going to find ways to hate, but in a strange twist of fate, two of Gene Smith’s most controversial offseason moves were justified today – first, with news that David Garrard would undergo back surgery that will presumably keep him sidelined for all of 2011 and next with Mike Sims-Walker’s release from the St. Louis Rams. MSW’s release is especially telling, because the Rams are possibly the only team in the NFL that have a worse set of pass-catchers than the Jaguars right now. Besides rookie wideout Austin Pettis and “poor man’s Wes Welker”, Danny Amendola (isn’t that what they call every smallish white receiver?), who was sidelined for the year with an elbow injury, the Rams have nothing but perennial failures making up their WR corps. They traded for former Bronco and 2010 breakout star (at the tender age of 29) Brandon Lloyd today and Sims-Walker was the odd man out. If he can’t help the Rams, he ain’t helping any one.
Jags fans are a little too down on their luck to start flying the “In Gene We Trust” flag right now, but the Garrard and Sims-Walker developments of today should remind us that this guy knows how to evaluate talent (or lack of talent) and isn’t afraid to make the tough decisions when he feels a player can no longer help the team win.
- Andrew Hofheimer