Gene Smith Must Go

To all of you that thought Jack Del Rio had leadership ability, you didn’t know what you were talking about.

To all of you that think Gene Smith has saved the Jaguars, look again. Just look at this current team.

When you look at the offense and see the productive players, you see Marcedes Lewis, Greg Jones, Brad Meester, Maurice Jones Drew, and Uchi Nwaneri.

When you look at the unproductive players you see Cecil Shorts, Mike Thomas, Luke McCown, Guy Whimper, Will Rackley, Zack Potter and Jason Hill. We won’t even mention Blaine Gabbert.

In short, Shack Harris was better at drafting than Gene Smith.  Gene is leading the decline of the Jaguars in his three year rebuilding program. This team is not the sign of a rebuilding team. This team is in further decay and you know it. You know by looking at it, there is no hope for turn-around with this group on offense.

Any one of you can name a better 1st round draft choice than Tyson Alualu. Everyone knows Hakeem Nicks or Brian Cushing or Clay Mathews would make more impact than Eugene Monroe.  Everyone knows Tony Pashos was a better right tackle than Eben Britton or Guy Whimper. You know this.

Gene had a decent first draft, but his last two have been busts. He has not produced. On top of that he is trading away choices to get these people.  He is over paying and under evaluating.  The final straw for me was extending Mike Thomas for $9 million guaranteed.  Aghhhhhh!

Now he is involved in the next head coach search?  I can’t wait for the Wrath of Khan to begin.  Gene Smith, it is time for you to go.

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  • KeenanJ

    This is the worst article I have ever read on this site and I’m truly disappointed it was even allowed to be posted. Shack Harris was a better drafter than Gene Smith? That sentence alone makes this entire article laughable. I see you failed to mention anything that will discredit your opinion such as Gene’s good draft picks and free agent acquistions. I also see you didn’t mention Shack’s bad draft choices and free agents to give an honest comparison. No touching base on all the failed first round draft picks such as Reggie Williams, Byron Leftwich, Reggie Nelson and Matt Jones. No mention of the wasted money spent on free agents such as Jerry Porter and Drayton Florence. I can see why you wouldn’t do that as it would show how off base this article really is. And if Shack was a better drafter, then why did he resign after the 2008 season? I know why, because he failed terribly in the 2008 draft when he mortgaged the teams future on two draft picks in Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves that haven’t done much of anything in this league. But once again, no mention of this either.

  • KeenanJ

    Then you go on to say that this team is in further decay. Really? I highly doubt you’d find anybody who agrees with that, even people who aren’t Gene Smith fans. Either way you try to look at, this team is much better than the 2008 team that Shack assembled. And you think the offensive line is bad now, where would it be if Monroe wasn’t achoring it? You mention three players that would’ve had more impact on the team, but none of them play at positions more important than the one the Eugene does. Not only has he been playing really good football but he plays at one of the premium positions in the game.

    Honestly, I’d be here all day pointing out the wholes in your argument as there are too many to count. I’ve never been the type of person to be condescending of another persons work, but to me, this article flat out sucks.

  • KeenanJ

    This is the worst article I have ever read on this site and I’m truly disappointed it was even allowed to be posted. Shack Harris was a better drafter than Gene Smith? That sentence alone makes this entire article laughable. I see you failed to mention anything that will discredit your opinion such as Gene’s good draft picks and free agent acquistions. I also see you didn’t mention Shack’s bad draft choices and free agents to give an honest comparison. No touching base on all the failed first round draft picks such as Reggie Williams, Byron Leftwich, Reggie Nelson and Matt Jones. No mention of the wasted money spent on free agents such as Jerry Porter and Drayton Florence. I can see why you wouldn’t do that as it would show how off base this article really is. And if Shack was a better drafter, then why did he resign after the 2008 season? I know why, because he failed terribly in the 2008 draft when he mortgaged the teams future on two draft picks in Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves that haven’t done much of anything in this league. But once again, no mention of this either.

  • KeenanJ

    Then you go on to say that this team is in further decay. Really? I highly doubt you’d find anybody who agrees with that, even people who aren’t Gene Smith fans. Either way you try to look at, this team is much better than the 2008 team that Shack assembled. And you think the offensive line is bad now, where would it be if Monroe wasn’t achoring it? You mention three players that would’ve had more impact on the team, but none of them play at positions more important than the one the Eugene does. Not only has he been playing really good football but he plays at one of the premium positions in the game.

    Honestly, I’d be here all day pointing out the wholes in your argument as there are too many to count. I’ve never been the type of person to be condescending of another persons work, but to me, this article flat out sucks.

  • http://www.hoftalk.com/ thehof

    To Keenan’s point – Terry was the leader of Black&Teal before me and his opinion, at times very passionate, is highly valued.

    That being said, Keenan is absolutely correct. It’s been a tough year on all of us, but this team is in MUCH better shape. Where would the line be without Monroe? Britton worse than Tony Pashos? The same Tony Pashos that was guaranteed to either false start or hold in every critical play and defined “human turnstile” when it came to the pass rush?

    Speaking of pass rush – we almost set NFL records for fewest sacks and least pass rush in 2008. How can you argue that’s not improved? And if you say Mincey, keep in mind that Gene Smith kept Mincey around when he had proved NOTHING and had no problem letting Shack’s guys – Harvey and Groves – go to other teams where they have done nothing. He fixed a horrible defensive backfield and a depleted linebacking corps with one offseason. He got rid of the man you hated the most, “I, Robot”/David Garrard…

    His first rounders aren’t eye-popping just yet, but Alualu and Monroe are solid at worst and Gabbert hasn’t had a chance to prove himself either way, yet. That’s more than you can say for Shack. Leftwich, Reggie Williams, Matt Jones, or Reggie Nelson…cmon. (And don’t tell me Reggie’s good – I saw his sorry ass in Jacksonville for far too long to believe anything his stats say).

  • http://www.hoftalk.com/ thehof

    To Keenan’s point – Terry was the leader of Black&Teal before me and his opinion, at times very passionate, is highly valued.

    That being said, Keenan is absolutely correct. It’s been a tough year on all of us, but this team is in MUCH better shape. Where would the line be without Monroe? Britton worse than Tony Pashos? The same Tony Pashos that was guaranteed to either false start or hold in every critical play and defined “human turnstile” when it came to the pass rush?

    Speaking of pass rush – we almost set NFL records for fewest sacks and least pass rush in 2008. How can you argue that’s not improved? And if you say Mincey, keep in mind that Gene Smith kept Mincey around when he had proved NOTHING and had no problem letting Shack’s guys – Harvey and Groves – go to other teams where they have done nothing. He fixed a horrible defensive backfield and a depleted linebacking corps with one offseason. He got rid of the man you hated the most, “I, Robot”/David Garrard…

    His first rounders aren’t eye-popping just yet, but Alualu and Monroe are solid at worst and Gabbert hasn’t had a chance to prove himself either way, yet. That’s more than you can say for Shack. Leftwich, Reggie Williams, Matt Jones, or Reggie Nelson…cmon. (And don’t tell me Reggie’s good – I saw his sorry ass in Jacksonville for far too long to believe anything his stats say).

  • tkopa

    @KeenanJ

    The article sucks because you don’t agree with it. If you lived anywhere else in the United States and saw the Jaguars as someone else’s team, you would laugh at the folly they demonstrate.

    We are not a better team. Coming from the worst pass rush in history to something better is not really progress. Look at it objectively and you will see the wisdom.

  • KeenanJ

    @tkopa LOL! Nice comeback. Instead of finding a way to intelligently support your opinion, you decide to respond by diserespecting my intelligence. Doesn’t offend me in the least because all you’ve managed to do is further discredit your stance on this matter while simultaneously taking any credibility from anything else you might have to say about anything else.

  • tkopa

    @KeenanJ

    It only sucks because you never finished the fourth grade

  • http://www.hoftalk.com/ thehof

    @KeenanJ@tkopa Before this gets ugly, we’ve got an old B&T vet and a loyal reader, who takes home the “Best Commenter” trophy for the season. It’s definitely a hot topic with solid arguments for both sides. Terry, expect a formal retort/post from me tomorrow.

  • KeenanJ

    @thehof I meant no disrespect to Terry by anything I said but the base of his argument was so faulty that thinking this articled sucked was the only conclusion I could come to. I did my best to give a fair counter argument but as you can see below, all I got in return was a person attack. As I said, it doesn’t bother me but I’m disappointed it came from a contributor of this site. Not that it matters at all but it doesn’t affect my overall view of this site.

    But anyways, I agree with your comment. Especially good call on Mincey. Gene really had no reason to keep him around but it’s obvious he has a talent in projecting a players progression which is the only reason I can think as to why Mince was given the chance to prove himself. What I take from this is that Gene puts a premium on potential. So more than likely, we won’t see the best of his players until a few years in their career. Has been the case with Monroe and D. Cox so far. Only negative about this is that injuries will probably be more detrimental to this teams overall development than most.

  • KeenanJ

    @tkopa LOL! Nice comeback. Instead of finding a way to intelligently support your opinion, you decide to respond by diserespecting my intelligence. Doesn’t offend me in the least because all you’ve managed to do is further discredit your stance on this matter while simultaneously taking any credibility from anything else you might have to say about anything else.

  • http://www.hoftalk.com/ thehof

    @KeenanJ@tkopa Before this gets ugly, we’ve got an old B&T vet and a loyal reader, who takes home the “Best Commenter” trophy for the season. It’s definitely a hot topic with solid arguments for both sides. Terry, expect a formal retort/post from me tomorrow.

  • KeenanJ

    @thehof I meant no disrespect to Terry by anything I said but the base of his argument was so faulty that thinking this articled sucked was the only conclusion I could come to. I did my best to give a fair counter argument but as you can see below, all I got in return was a person attack. As I said, it doesn’t bother me but I’m disappointed it came from a contributor of this site. Not that it matters at all but it doesn’t affect my overall view of this site.

    But anyways, I agree with your comment. Especially good call on Mincey. Gene really had no reason to keep him around but it’s obvious he has a talent in projecting a players progression which is the only reason I can think as to why Mince was given the chance to prove himself. What I take from this is that Gene puts a premium on potential. So more than likely, we won’t see the best of his players until a few years in their career. Has been the case with Monroe and D. Cox so far. Only negative about this is that injuries will probably be more detrimental to this teams overall development than most.

  • KeenanJ

    @thehof @tkopa “Best Commenter” of the season. I humbly accept your award. Thanks for providing such an insightful site on the Jaguars, giving me a medium to express my opinion. You guys keep up the good work.

  • KeenanJ

    @thehof @tkopa “Best Commenter” of the season. I humbly accept your award. Thanks for providing such an insightful site on the Jaguars, giving me a medium to express my opinion. You guys keep up the good work.