Debunking the Myths- Top Jags Misconceptions

When it comes to any NFL team, their own fanbase may be very loyal, but at times they're also delusional. We are going to debunk the current myths involving the Jaguars.

1. Blaine Gabbert is horrible.

Sure, the Jaguars rookie has not set the world on fire with 300-yard (or many 200-yard) passing games, but he's been much better than many are giving him credit for. Of all the rookie quarterbacks, Gabbert is playing with the fewest weapons and has played the toughest defenses. Is Blaine Gabbert on pace to be a Hall of Famer? No, but he hasn't been terrible. It's way too soon to judge a quarterback after eight starts and impossible to judge any signal caller playing with Jason Hill and Mike Thomas.

2. Mike Thomas is a poor man's Steve Smith or Wes Welker.

The Jaguars diminutive receiver has been terrible in his third season and he's not a poor man's version of the two Pro Bowl wideouts mentioned above. Thomas has single-handedly stunted Gabbert's growth by continuously quitting on routes, showing alligator arms and often just dropping passes. Mike Thomas has a great personality and is a good member of the community but it's likely that he wouldn't be on several rosters in the NFL.

3. The Jaguars problems will go away when Jack Del Rio does.

Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio has not been good enough to keep his job. This is a fact. His clock management is horrible, he's thrown his coordinators under the bus and his messages have been inconsistent (Byron Leftwich is the starter; David Garrard is the starter, etc.). Del Rio will not be retained but the Jaguars new coach won't fare much better with the same roster that's void of playmakers.

4. Gene Smith has done a great job.

The Jaguars general manager is touted for his character and obscure talent evaluation but the truth is that he simply hasn't been good in his new role. He's preached building through the draft but the Jaguars defense has been rebuilt through free agency. Smith's draft picks look worse every week and the contract extensions to Mike Thomas and Marcedes Lewis seem silly at best. One could argue that the team's roster is much worse since Smith took over despite his rave reviews.

5. Rashean Mathis was a horrible cornerback.

Contrary to popular belief Rashean Mathis was one of the best defensive players in the history of the franchise. Mathis played at a high level this year before tearing his ACL and it's very possible that his time with the team is over. Many Jaguars fans believe that Mathis played horribly the last two years but it was the safety play making him look worse. His teammates and opponents all credit Mathis as a great football player, even at his advanced age.



Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPNFlorida.com and ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie

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