Hopefully a few years down the road Jacksonville Jaguars fans can look back at the four years Gene Smith ran the franchise and laugh about how funny it was that a man this inept could run an NFL franchise.
Through his draft pick misses and free agent busts, Smith has shown a surprising lack of awareness on how to properly assess talent and construct a successful football roster. The latest roster move that has Jaguars fans scratching their heads came on Friday when the Jaguars released rookie wide receiver Kevin Elliott.
Elliott had a rough game last Sunday against the New York Jets, dropping two passes in his first game as a starter, but by no means was his performance the reason the Jaguars lost the game. In Elliott, the Jaguars not only had a young wide receiver with probably the most upside on the roster at the position outside of Cecil Shorts, but a core special teams player who had excelled this year as a gunner on the punt team.
The Jaguars cut Elliott so they could promote offensive lineman Austin Pasztor to the active roster, so he can start at left guard in place of the horribly inept Eben Britton. Instead of releasing Elliott, who actually has some value to the Jaguars, the Jaguars should have just cut ties with Britton who has long since reached bust status after being Smith’s second-round draft pick in his first draft as Jaguars general manager.
After losing his job three times this season, it is totally obvious that Britton’s career with the Jaguars is over. By keeping him on the roster, Smith and the Jaguars are just delaying the inevitable at the cost of losing a young player with upside. Quite simply in makes absolutely no sense.
It is moves like this that highlight why the Jaguars have consistently gotten worse during Smith’s tenure as general manager, and the reason why the Jaguars will be looking for a new general manager in January.