Jacksonville Jaguars Mid-Season Report Card – Grading the Linebackers
The Jacksonville Jaguars are in the midst of arguably the most inept stretch of football in the history of the NFL. Mercifully, they have a bye this week to regroup and reevaluate some players and decide how to approach the last 8 games.
The bye week also gives us the opportunity to grade the personnel and their performance so far. Today’s unit is the linebackers.
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Sep 22, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate (81) stiff arms Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Geno Hayes (55) during the 1st half at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
The Jacksonville Jaguars have only had three linebackers play almost the entire season but no one has really played well at the three positions. Paul Posluszny is 2nd in the league in tackles for inside linebackers with 75, but he’s graded out terribly against the run and in coverage. His lone highlight this year was a terrific interception return for a touchdown against Peyton Manning in Denver. He’s a serviceable player, but he needs playmakers outside of him because he doesn’t provide any pass rush.
Geno Hayes is graded as the 2nd worst 4-3 outside linebacker according to Pro Football Focus and his 9 missed tackles is a big reason why. He’s been terrible against the run and constantly gets pushed out of plays. He’s a transitional piece anyway but I imagine David Caldwell expected a little bit better play when they signed him this offseason.
Russell Allen has probably been the best linebacker on the team, but he’s been exposed in coverage a few times this year. He has as many missed tackles as Posluszny in significantly less snaps and he hasn’t been anything better than solid this season.
Mid-Season Grades: Linebackers
Paul Posluszny – C
Geno Hayes – D
Russell Allen – C+
– Daniel Lago
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