JagNation Rumor Mill

The JagNation rumor mill is overflowing with topics following Jacksonville's 30-3 Monday night beat-down at the hands of the Titans. Do we have a Mark Brunell situation looming? What is happening in the secondary? We will also discuss why it may have been a little too early to proclaim a certain general manager a genius.



Don't Worry, Take all the Time you Need

Jaguars quarterback David Garrard left Monday night's game in the second period after taking a hit from Will Witherspoon. Sources say that Garrard reportedly mentioned the word concussion and asked not to be inserted back in the game.

Garrard may get his wish after all as Trent Edwards is likely to be the team's starting quarterback this week as they take on Kansas City. This is a perfect opportunity for the Jaguars to see what they have in the former Buffalo Bills starting quarterback. If Edwards plays well, there is an excellent chance that he'll again start until he loses the job.

To get insurance for Sunday and beyond, the Jaguars re-signed veteran quarterback Todd Bouman and also have free agent Patrick Ramsey in for a visit. For a team that has kept just two quarterbacks on their roster for the last four seasons, it wouldn't make much sense that they would keep four. Stay tuned as there could be something in the works involving starter David Garrard.

Cleaning House

Less than 48 hours after executing a trade which sent former starting safety Anthony Smith to the Green Bay Packers, the Jaguars decided to once again release safety Gerald Alexander. Although there were no egregious blown coverages on Monday night, Alexander took poor angles on a few potential tackles. At this point it would appear as if the Jaguars will be starting former undrafted rookie Courtney Greene and sixth-round pick (Cleveland) Don Carey or veteran Sean Considine.

With Anthony Smith and Gerald Alexander in the lineup together, the Jaguars were 2-0 this season.

Hold Off on the Genius Label

Jaguars general manager Gene Smith has done a nice job since being moved into his position prior to last season. He was being lauded for his 2009 draft as it was one of the best in franchise history. Although that may be true, the '09 draft class appears to have some misses. First-round pick Eugene Monroe has struggled off and on like most young offensive tackles and he will likely rebound and become a very good player. Second-round pick Eben Britton has been terrible in most games this season, and according to a team source, his inconsistency has the Jaguars concerned.

Terrance Knighton and Mike Thomas were home-run selections in the third and fourth rounds as both are becoming impact players. Seventh-round pick Rashad Jennings has the potential to be a starting back in the league when healthy.

As for the other picks, Gene Smith traded a 2010 second-round pick for the rights to draft Derek Cox, a player who has started just one game this season and has been inactive for three games in favor of journeyman David Jones. Fifth-round draft pick Jarett Dillard has been injured in both his rookie and second year, and seventh-round pick Tiquan Underwood has great speed but lacks hands and toughness.

Smith and the Jaguars personnel department did nothing in the offseason to address what is the league's worst safety situation as well as the situation at quarterback, two of the most important positions on the field. Overall, the Jaguars roster appears to be getting younger and more talented on Smith's watch, but make no mistake, he's not Bill Parcells.


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