The Jacksonville Jaguars roster is lacking in talent.
That much is apparent given how bad they have looked this season against superior opponents, and it is hard not to point the finger at the guy who has constructed the roster.
Jaguars general manager Gene Smith took full control over personnel decisions prior to the 2009 season after years of serving as the Jaguars’ head scout. In his introductory press conference, he described having a “four-year plan” for rebuilding the Jaguars roster into a consistent playoff contender.
The Jaguars are now in the fourth year of Smith’s four-year plan. They have started the season a disappointing 1-3 and do not look much better than the team that finished last season at 5-11 and well out of playoff contention.
There are several issues with the Jaguars roster, starting with their lack of talent along both the offensive and defensive lines. These are the most confusing issues, considering that Smith said that he planned to build this team from the inside.
Currently the Jaguars offensive line cannot protect Smith’s hand picked quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who also has been very underwhelming to this point, and the defensive line has only managed to muster two sacks through the first four games this season.
At this point, it would also be okay to question Smith’s ability to assess talent.
Through four drafts, Smith has only drafted three players who would be starters on other NFL rosters. Other than left tackle Eugene Monroe, cornerback Derek Cox and defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, the Jaguars past four draft classes have been littered with busts or guys who have been injured too frequently to make any sort of an impact.
On top of that, two of his first-round picks, defensive tackle Tyson Alualu and Gabbert, appear to not be worth their high selections.
Despite being handed a gift of a three-year contract extension by former Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver before he sold the team, Smith should be held accountable for this team’s failure to produce a playoff contender during his tenure as GM.
If the Jaguars continue to struggle and finish well out of the playoffs again, new owner Shahid Khan should start looking for some new talent at the general managers position.