Thursday, December 13, 2007

ESPN Thinks Jacksonville's Defense
is Overrated

Last week it was a Steelers player lobbing incendiary comments at an opponent, this week it is ESPN. Writing for ESPN insider (subscription required), K.C. Joyner argues that the Jaguars have solid numbers against the run because Jaguars opponents are always playing from behind and have solid numbers against the pass because they've played against teams with mediocre quarterbacks, and goes on to say that "the Jaguars' defense is playing at an average level at best."

Great -- a team getting some extra motivation heading in to a game against the Steelers.

Before completely dismissing the article it's worth noting that the Jaguars have played against some pretty bad quarterbacks :
  • Vince Young, twice (the NFL Vince Young, not the UT Vince Young)
  • Joey Harrington
  • Damon Huard
  • J.P. Losman
  • Vinny Testaverde


The money quote (as Andrew Sullivan would say):

"The sum total of this analysis is that although the Jaguars can get and protect a lead against teams with bad passing games, they have unable to slow down upper-echelon passing offenses. That bodes quite poorly for their matchup against Pittsburgh and Ben Roethlisberger this Sunday. It also looks to be a bad omen for their potential playoff matchups against the Steelers, Colts or Patriots."

However valid Mr. Joyner's remarks, it would have been great if he could have waited until next week to call out the Jags' defense.

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