Risky Move For The Jags

Posted: May 15, 2012 in Jacksonville Jaguars
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I have never agreed with the philosophy that “good guys finish last” — a cynical remark first uttered by former Major League manager Leo Durocher. But being a good guy does have its potential drawbacks in the competitive world of sports.

Latest case in point: Jaguars General Manager Gene Smith, who I do believe is a good man, making the recent decision to release a pair of veterans, cornerback Drew Coleman and wide receiver Jarrett Dillard. Word is Smith wanted to give both plenty of time to catch on with other teams.

Admittedly, neither was likely to make the Jaguars roster for 2012, but it was a risky move. If either position is hit with injuries or newcomers don’t pan out, both Coleman and Dillard would be reasonable options for the short term. Money wasn’t a factor because neither would costs the team anything before the start of the season.

Coleman proved himself to be of limited value. He offered no help on special teams and the coaching staff made the decision he was limited to playing as a nickel back. But what if Rashean Mathis doesn’t come back from injury? If free agent signee Aaron Ross doesn’t pan out? If Derek Cox remains injury prone?

Dillard battled injuries and when he was healthy he wasn’t much of a factor even on a team with a group of mediocre wide receivers. But he did spend a year working with quarterback Blaine Gabbert and would seem to be a better option than an undrafted rookie or another journeyman.

Bottom line: The move by Smith is a bit of a head scratcher. By the way, did Mr. Nice Guy Smith simply have a bad day when he canned starting QB David Garrard a week before the start of last season?

Wouldn’t the smart move by Smith to have waited and see what happens?

Understand I’m just asking.

Jaguars fans can only hope Smith’s kindness doesn’t come back to bite the team.



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