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Coming to the Defense of Tyson Alualu


 

With the lull of the offseason comes the inevitable offseason ranking of players. Bleacher Report has gone all out and embarked on a series called B/R NFL 1,000 to rank players at every position in football. They use a “Madden” style ratings system where each player is given a score for each category relevant to the position of interest. Luke used these rankings in one of his recent articles about Jacksonville’s offensive line.

Normally I wouldn’t think much of these articles because they are what they are: one person’s opinion about a very large sample of players. But their latest rankings of defensive tackles can’t go by without some comment here for Jaguar fans. The Jaguars have three representatives in the top 64 defensive tackles according to Bleacher Report:

  • #63 – Tyson Alualu
  • #45 – C.J. Mosley
  • #27 – Terrance Knighton

Yes, they have Tyson Alualu – one of our starting defensive tackles – ranked 18 spots behind one of our back-up defensive linemen.

You have me ranked WHERE?!?

Without breaking down the pure football associated with the rankings, let’s discuss the elephant in the room: this article is intimating that the Jaguars intentionally started a worse player over someone on the bench.

The fact of the matter is Alualu played on one leg the entire season and was still the most consistent defensive tackle on the team. He’s better than C.J. Mosley.

The rankings are fairly solid, but I didn’t want Jaguar fans going into the season thinking our 2010 first round pick was the 3rd best defensive tackle on the team. Alualu was solid if unspectacular last year, so it’s hard to argue him being much higher on the list, but there is a reason he started ahead of Mosley and Douzable.

Other than that, most players seem to be rated where they should be. Knighton is on the cusp of some elite tackles and after showing up to workouts at a reasonable weight he could be prime for a Pro Bowl season.

If the Jaguars can couple a healthy Alualu and an in-shape Knighton with Jeremy Mincey and DE draft pick, Jacksonville should have an elite defensive line in 2012.

 

- Daniel Lago

Tags: C.J. Mosley Defensive Tackle Jacksonville Jaguars Rankings Terrance Knighton Tyson Alualu

  • http://www.blackandteal.com/ LukeNSims

    BR also had Douzable ranked as #64 of the top 64 defensive ends…there’s some odd things going on over a BleacherReport.  I’m chalking it up to a lack of proper media exposure out in Jacksonville.  It breeds a bit of ignorance.

  • MichaelSchottey

    Players were not rated at where they “should” play…players were rated at where they did play. Watch the tape, Douzable and Alualu played out of position and their overall play suffered because of it. Likely, both would be higher if injuries hadn’t forced them out of position, but BR1000 only ranks how they DID play, not how they could’ve played.

  • dlago89

     @MichaelSchottey What? Douzable and Alualu played more than three-quarters of their snaps at defensive tackle. They were playing in position, and they were both solid. 

  • MichaelSchottey

     @dlago89 If you’re going to blog about something, you should at least watch the games. Douzable played sparingly as a reserve tackle but moved into the starting lineup against Houston and played (well over) the majority of his total snaps at left defensive end.
     
    You are right about Alualu, I was misunderstanding what you said. That said, your bias is clear here, it takes a hardcore Jaguar fan to think Alualu was “solid” in 2011.

  • dlago89

     @MichaelSchottey Douzable only started the last 6 games at end because of injuries to every end except Mincey. He’s a tackle who played out of position because there was no one else. 
    Alualu clearly played well enough for the coaches to keep him in despite his injury. If he really was playing so poorly, they would have just put him on IR and let him heal up. 

  • Davjay1983

    Ohhh c’mon…in my opinion by the end of 2010, Smith looked like a genius in picking Alualu where he did…I can’t wait for him to get healthy. Sheesh the media is hard on Jax. 

  • Andrew_Holcomb_

     @Davjay1983 Agreed!