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    Playoffs hope rest on the knees of Tyson Alualu

    Considering the last topic for any Jaguars discussion was on December 29th 2010, discussing the hopes that Trent Edwards may carry this young team in to the playoffs, I though it best to revisit that theme.

    This is a young team. That is not ready for the playoffs. One simple reason, the passing game just isn't there yet. It's getting there. Tools like Mike Thomas, Marcedes Lewis, Deji Karim and MJD are waiting for this offense to take the next step. But that next step is at least one to two years away, pending the meteoric rise of Blaine Gabbert and the X receiver I expect will be Jaguars first pick next year.

    But let's talk about what is there. It's that defense that no one respects, yet. And by all means there is no need to respect them yet. They were embarrassing last year, I just never understood how receivers got so open so often. And when they got tackled they never stopped. How can you be that bad? Every game? Nuts. But all the right sort of acquisitions were made this off-season. Landri, Coleman and Lowery played one real game and boy they looked the part. Such solid tackling that was so lacking last year. The media attributed Chris Johnson's 3 rushing yards in the first half to his extended lockout, I attribute it to a defense that made constant penetration behind the lines and completely closed the edges every time. It was perfect and it felt great seeing a good Jaguars D since the Gregg William days. The famously underrated Daryl Smith is now flanked by the wonderful run stuffing Posluszny and a man I've seen very often, Clint Session. The line is epic top to bottom. Have you seen Alualu out there? The guy has a motor and lift off the line that's elite. He's improving exponentially game after game, doing his best to emulate Mathis-esque spin moves. He's going to make a name for himself and his team. Knighton is a tank to say the least. Matt Roth and Aaron Kampman are proven veteran bookends that will not only bring productivity in sacks, but mentorship to the rookie tackles in the depth chart behind them. What about that Jeremy Mincey kid, I know Kampman is not 100% yet, but even if he was I doubt Kampman would start in front of Mincey after the productivity he has shown.

    I'm feeling good about this defense. Jaguars have this uncanny ability to dissolve and crumble at the same time, in away games. Let's see what Week 2 in the Meadowlands has to offer. I'm hopeful, very hopeful, that Mark Sanchez is in for a stuffing. Still. Jaguars won't win. That offense just isn't there yet.
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    First of all, that's a great way to introduce yourself to the site. Welcome!

    Second of all, you are absolutely right...in certain parts. The Jaguars do have a woefully underrated defensive line, especially with the acquisition of the equally underrated Matt Roth, who I was hoping the Ravens would make a push to acquire. Knighton and Alualu form one of the best DT tandems in the league, and should serve as the core to something special for many years to come as long as Jacksonville can keep them in house. The other end spot is still a question mark though. Kampman is coming off back-to-back ACL injuries and I'm not as optimistic about Jeremy Mincey, a guy who has been around since 2006 and only has seven career sacks, as you are.

    The linebacking corps is, at the very worst, solid with questionable depth. Daryl Smith is one of better kept secrets at his position, and Clint Session may not bring much extra to the table, but he doesn't really take anything away from it either. Posluszny, while no doubt solid at his position, isn't exactly a run stuffing machine. In fact, he was one of the worst LBs by measure of game charting by Football Outsiders. On a recorded 107 run plays where he was involved, he was tied for the 3rd worst rate (50%) among all qualifying linebackers, and surrendered an average of 4.0 YPA.

    And then we get to the secondary...oy. The best player is recently acquired safety Dawan Landry, who I can safely say from years of watching him, is incredibly above average. Rashean Mathis has been playing on name recognition the past couple of years, again going back to FO's game charting data which lists him as one of the worst starting CBs in the league last year. On 64 targets he allowed 10.1 yards per pass (78th in the league), 4.9 YAC (78th), and a 44% success rate (72nd). Derek Cox didn't come out much better, actually finishing worse in some categories, although failing to qualify with the minimum number of targets. If Dwight Lowery is supposed to be the savior of the secondary, then it has many more problems than we know of. I'm not sure they can cover anyone, and in the end that is why I think they will fail.

    I actually kind of think Luke McCown doesn't suck either...so there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KabaModernFan View Post
    I actually kind of think Luke McCown doesn't suck either...so there.
    uhhhhmmmmmmm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Colts01 View Post
    uhhhhmmmmmmm
    Really?!?! I predicted in the preseason that the Dolphins would make the Playoffs and THIS is what you dig through and throw in my face?! No respect I tell ya...
    "Biggest blowout since Andy Reid vs. Skinny jeans" - Colts01

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