You know it’s June when articles like this are cropping up. Our fellow Jacksonville Jaguars bloggers over at Big Cat Country came up with an interesting idea for assembling an all-time Jaguars squad – the NFL Blitz format. In NFL Blitz, teams played 7-on-7 as opposed to 11-on-11 and the offensive and defensive lines were effectively non-existent. As an extra caveat, you can only spend $15 dollars on the team. The stipulations are laid out below:
Plenty could be said about how the rules are laid out (Justin Blackmon is $5?), but let’s go with the assumption that this team is being picked to win 1 game. Here’s what I came up with after much deliberation:
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I’m taking a leap of faith with rookie quarterback Blake Bortles. Aside from Mark Brunell, I think Bortles has the most ability outside of the pocket of all the quarterbacks on the list. He’s a wild-card, but he could pay off big time. Like David Caldwell, I’m going to provide Bortles with plenty of weapons on offense to succeed. Jimmy Smith is too good to pass up as a deep threat and all-around reciever, and Cecil Shorts III could potentially be as productive as Keenan McCardell alongside Smith.
Since I got greedy at receiver, I had to make a decision on how frugal to be at running back and defense. I decided to roll the dice with Natrone Means and hope he can provide the kind of play that propelled the Jaguars in the ’96 playoffs. That leaves me with the 2009 Jaguars defense – a unit that had Daryl Smith in his prime, but not much else.
That’s my all-time Jaguars NFL Blitz team, how would you go about putting this team together?
– Daniel Lago