The Jacksonville Jaguars hired Joe Cullen to help them revamp their defense. However, he can’t do it alone and is going to need help. He could convince the team’s brass to sign someone he previously coached, defensive tackle Lawerence Guy, who will likely be available in the open market.
The Arizona State product is scheduled to become a free agent after spending the last four years of his NFL career with the New England Patriots. Originally a seventh-round selection by the Green Bay Packers in 2011, Guy landed on the Injury Reserve list in his rookie season and was cut the following year. He was then claimed by the Indianapolis Colts and later joined the Los Angeles Chargers before spending three years in Baltimore.
In his ten-year career, Guy has appeared in 129 games and started 79, 70 of them in the last five seasons. He’s logged 363 tackles (33 for a loss), 13.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, eight passes defensed, and one interception.
How can Lawrence Guy help the Jacksonville Jaguars?
Guy’s last year with the Ravens (2016) was Cullen’s first as their defensive line coach. The fact they have previously worked together could entice the Jaguars to pursue him in free agency. Doug Costin and DaVon Hamilton were forced into the lineup in 2020. Although they both did a solid job, they may not be ready for a feature role and may be better suited to be part of the team’s defensive line rotation.
Meanwhile, Guy has been a key cog in the Patriots defense and was named to their 2010 All-Decade team. Moreover, he’s been durable and has missed just two games in the last two seasons. He’s the kind of player any team can just plug in the lineup and have an impact right out of the gate.
Even though the Jaguars will probably go through a youth movement, they should bring in a few veterans to help head coach Urban Meyer oversee their rebuild. Cullen will need help to install his defense, and Guy, alongside outside linebacker Matt Judon, could certainly help.