Pay attention to the electricity in the air when Vick gets on the field. Like him or not, Vick is worth a lot of revenue, even for a preseason game. This could have been valuable for the Jaguars. There are some people that say he should never be allowed football again, but I say winning heals all, and if he performs well against the Jaguars (which he probably will), the number of haters will drastically reduce.
They say the third preseason game is the closest indication of what you're gonna get in the season. With that said a couple of the names not suiting up are Mike Walker and Mike Thomas.
If it were up to me, I would go ahead and let Mike Thomas go. I'd do this so he has absolutely no shot at making this roster. David Garrard said it best when he said "You gotta be on the field to make the team". I hate it that we let players who seem like they can't find the football field stick around and soak up valuable roster spots. Mike Walker should be cut, too, IMO. Before the preseason we heard all about how this is finally Mike Walker's year and that he's finally ready to play football. Then he got another ankle injury which wasn't supposed to be serious. Somehow, however, he still isn't back on the field. I don't care what kind of college highlight reel this dude put together, he isn't worth years and years of valuable roster spot space if he can't get on the field. We need football players, not just names and numbers.
This will be the game that sells the Jaguars for me. Currently, I think they can go 8-8. A couple weeks ago, I said the offensive line needed some time to come back together. I think this is it for them. Either they got it or they don't. IMO, the lineup should be (from LT to RT):Eugene Monroe; Vince Manuwai; Brad Meester;Mo Williams;Tra Thomas. However, I think Tra will play LT and "I'm just here for the paycheck" Pashos will play RT.
It's the same with the defense, too. They've had one week of 34 and one week of 43. It's time to really see what the defense is about. No excuses. Either they will perform or they will fail. No "well this is the preseason give us time". They've had plenty of time since Mel got here to learn and practice how to play whatever defense they wanna play.
Finally....are you ready for some football?
Jags/Eagles preseason game 3 pregame notes
Posted on: August 27, 2009 5:57 pm
Edited on: August 27, 2009 5:58 pm