By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Winless in Jacksonville
NORTH CAROLINA (BASN)-The Jacksonville Jaguars are not bad; they just aren’t good.
There is a difference.
Because, if you examine the Jags’ starting lineup, who have running back Maurice Jones Drew, one of the best running back in the game, carrying the rock again after recovering from a knee injury, Justin Blackmon, who is coming back from a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy at wide receiver playing alongside the Jags No.1 receiver Cecil Short, who had 55 catches for 979 last year, you have a pretty-good offense.
Plus, when you add unrated Marcedes Davis at tight end with two versatile playmakers in South Carolina receiver-punt receiver and Michigan QB Denard Robinson as well as the newly acquired No.2 draft pick, offensive line Luke Joeckel, from Texas A&M in the mix, you have an offense that should be able to win some games in the NFL.
And regardless, of what Skip Bayless says, or what other people think, adding QB Tim Tebow to this squad, wouldn’t make this team better, it would make them worst.
Because, even with the 10th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert, who is 5-24 as a starter, which is the worst winning percentage by a starting quarterback in two seasons in the NFL, he is still better than Tebow.
Plus, like Josh Freeman in Tampa, (now with Minnesota) Gabbert has had to deal with the adversity of having to play for his fourth different coach, his third different offensive coordinator, and in his third offense in just three years in the league.
And, while Gabbert, has made no excuses for his poor play, if it continues, he’ll probably be on the trading block as the desire to bring Johnny “Football” to Jacksonville continues.
Seriously, despite the Jags horrible (0-5) start, and the predictions of a (0-16) finish by NFL analysts, Tarot card readers, and psychics, there is still a little hope for the fans in Jacksonville.
Besides, Rome wasn’t built in a day.
And, neither will the Jaguars request to make the playoffs…
But, they are moving in the right direction, especially with the recent hiring of GM David Caldwell from Atlanta and new head coach Gus Bradley from Seattle.
Despite all of that, the Jags’ bad luck continued to haunt them.
Because, in their 34-20 loss to the St. Louis Rams last Sunday, they lost their second left tackle in two weeks, when No.1 draft pick, Luke Joeckel, was carted off the field with a season-ending broken ankle.
Eric D.Graham, a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where he received a B.A. in Mass Communication with a concentration in Radio and Television and a minor in History, with an emphasis in African-American Studies, is currently the Editor and Chief of Black Athlete Sports Network, where his articles appear daily along with his controversial cartoon character Bobbee Bee “The Hater.” Graham can be reached at email@example.com