JagNation Potpourri- Decisions, Decisions

In this edition of JagNation Potpourri, we look at some of the issues plaguing the team and some potential changes to key personnel that are looming. We discuss the futures of Jack Del Rio and David Garrard, along with a certain former first-round pick.

Jack Del Rio's Future

Most people inside the organization believe that Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio's job is certainly safe, barring a major collapse at the end of the year that could leave the Jaguars with a 4-12 or 5-11 record. We've learned that there was a "wink-wink" agreement between Del Rio and general manager Gene Smith that the Jaguars head coach would not be held responsible for the rebuilding of the roster.

Unfortunately for Del Rio, his team's good performances earlier in the season against Houston and Tennessee may hurt his case. In those two games, the Jaguars looked like a solid football team offensively, and they showed that they can compete. Now with blowout losses to Seattle and Tennessee, the public perception is that Del Rio doesn't have his team ready to play on a week to week basis.

The worst ticket sales situation in the league, combined with an inevitable quarterback change may cost Del Rio his employment, even with approximately $10 million left on his deal following this season.


Free Agent Moves

It has been discussed ad nauseam that the Jaguars made mistakes with their free agent signings prior to the 2008 season. Jerry Porter, Cleo Lemon and Drayton Florence certainly provided very little bang for the buck, but the one deal they made during that offseason is causing the team much more harm.

David Garrard was mediocre for his entire career, and after a great 2007 season the franchise rewarded him with a six-year, $60 million deal. Garrard has officially turned back into the turnover prone, inaccurate quarterback that made him a career backup and it's likely that this will be his last year in Jacksonville, according to NFL expert Adam Caplan—

"David Garrard continues to struggle with his accuracy and decision making. The Jaguars can easily get out of his contract next season, so 2009 could be his last as their starting quarterback."

While the Jaguars put all their eggs in the Garrard basket, they failed to address the quarterback position in the draft and are now left with virtually no choice but to take a signal caller early in next April's draft. The Garrard extension has set the Jaguars back at least three years.

If Garrard continues to struggle, don't be surprised if the team moves to Luke McCown to at least see if he can be the transition quarterback while they groom a draft pick.


No Safety in Numbers

A few years ago when the Jaguars had a starting safety tandem of Deon Grant and Donovin Darius, with Gerald Sensabaugh as a fill in, little believed that would be the team's finest hour at the position. Darius' various leg injuries forced him into early retirement, and the team let both Grant and Sensabaugh go in free agency, believing that they could find suitable replacements in the draft and on the roster.

Amongst the Jaguars group of terrible first-round picks, Reggie Nelson may be the very worst. Nelson had a great rookie season and since hasn't looked like a pro football player. The former Florida Gator has terrible instincts, lacks toughness, and the fundamental ability to tackle.

The Jaguars haven't found any suitable replacements at the strong safety spot as Gerald Alexander (brought in via trade with Detroit for Dennis Northcutt), Sean Considine and Brian Russell (free agent acquisitions) have been mediocre.


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