Mike Sims-Walker Officially Released from Rams, GM Gene Strikes Again


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

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  • KeenanJ

    But you can’t tell anyone at Big Cat Country that Gene knows how to evaluate talent or recognize when it’s not present. It seems that most of our fanbase cannot see the big picture in regards to what Gene has done for this team. I don’t want to get too much into because it would require more space than provided to me. So I’ll just say that I believe Gene is doing what is best for this team and I hope he is still the director of personnel going into the next off-season.

  • KeenanJ

    But you can’t tell anyone at Big Cat Country that Gene knows how to evaluate talent or recognize when it’s not present. It seems that most of our fanbase cannot see the big picture in regards to what Gene has done for this team. I don’t want to get too much into because it would require more space than provided to me. So I’ll just say that I believe Gene is doing what is best for this team and I hope he is still the director of personnel going into the next off-season.

  • http://www.hoftalk.com/ thehof

    Keenan, I’m definitely in your corner. I think John Oehser has done a good job iterating that fans are fans and by their nature, extremely emotional. And that’s OK.

    These are frustrating times, but when the road is rough, it’s important to not impulsively change your philosophies. Stick to what you believe in and hope that better times are ahead.

  • http://www.hoftalk.com/ thehof

    Keenan, I’m definitely in your corner. I think John Oehser has done a good job iterating that fans are fans and by their nature, extremely emotional. And that’s OK.

    These are frustrating times, but when the road is rough, it’s important to not impulsively change your philosophies. Stick to what you believe in and hope that better times are ahead.

  • adamcbest

    Unbelievable. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him end back with the Jaguars.

  • adamcbest

    Unbelievable. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him end back with the Jaguars.

  • TabOpo

    MSW hasn’t dropped any more passes than the receivers the Jags kept. So, how does that make Gene is a good GM??? The fact is, he is NOT a good GM. Gene Smith is a small school scout, and not even a very good one of those…

  • TabOpo

    MSW hasn’t dropped any more passes than the receivers the Jags kept. So, how does that make Gene is a good GM??? The fact is, he is NOT a good GM. Gene Smith is a small school scout, and not even a very good one of those…

  • KeenanJ

    @TabOpo But he just got cut from the Rams. The Rams! So what does that say about him? Honestly, I think you are just another close minded fan that isn’t looking at the grand scheme of things. But hey, people are going to believe what they want to believe.

  • KeenanJ

    @TabOpo But he just got cut from the Rams. The Rams! So what does that say about him? Honestly, I think you are just another close minded fan that isn’t looking at the grand scheme of things. But hey, people are going to believe what they want to believe.

  • http://www.hoftalk.com/ thehof

    @TabOpo Two teams that could badly use wide receiver help determined that MSW couldn’t help them…I think it doesn’t get much simpler than that.

  • http://www.hoftalk.com/ thehof

    @TabOpo Two teams that could badly use wide receiver help determined that MSW couldn’t help them…I think it doesn’t get much simpler than that.

  • TabOpo

    @thehof

    So, is that why Gene is bringing MSW back? LOL What’s that … repeating behaiour expecting different results??? Gene Smith has over stayed his welcome too, same as JDR

  • TabOpo

    @thehof

    So, is that why Gene is bringing MSW back? LOL What’s that … repeating behaiour expecting different results??? Gene Smith has over stayed his welcome too, same as JDR

  • http://www.hoftalk.com/ thehof

    I guess that makes it official; when a guy can’t help one of the worst WR corps in the league and is welcomed back with open arms to Jacksonville, we have the worst receivers in the league.

  • http://www.hoftalk.com/ thehof

    I guess that makes it official; when a guy can’t help one of the worst WR corps in the league and is welcomed back with open arms to Jacksonville, we have the worst receivers in the league.