I don’t know if the Jags could have brought in a more chill cornerback than Aaron Ross. When talking about his cornerback competition with Rashean Mathis he said:
I wouldn’t call it a competition,” Ross said. “We’re just both out there competing trying to help the team. Whatever decision coach makes at the end of the day I’m sure both of us, we’ve been in the league long enough, been through ups and downs so we’ll be able to deal with whatever happens. . . . You want to be a starter. You want to be out there playing and helping the team but if you’re not you don’t want to hurt the team by pouting. Whatever coach decides.
While Ross may be downplaying the importance of his competition with Mathis in order to start opposite Derek Cox, there’s no doubt that he has the right attitude. Going out and playing to the best of your ability for the team is highly important. His humility is the right approach since he is going to London from August 3-6 to watch his wife, Sanya Richards-Ross, compete in the Olympics.
He’s approaching his new role with the Jags in exactly the right way. After leaving a team that won two Super Bowls, he knows that getting down to work and approaching the game from a team standpoint is of the utmost importance.
His approach is appreciated by myself as well as the Jaguars front office, I’m certain. I hope when he gets back from London he and Mathis will both be at the top of their games to give us a display of how great the Jags’ secondary is going to be in 2012.
- Luke N. Sims