The Jacksonville Jaguars are moving away from the traditional 4-3 defense they have been playing forever this offseason towards more of a hybrid front that is run by new head coach Gus Bradley.
Some Jaguars players may be a better fit for Bradley’s defense, but one guy who is starting to look like an odd man out is defensive Jeremy Mincey. Mincey has been the Jaguars best pass rusher recently, but he has never reached double digit sacks in his career. His natural position is at end in a traditional 4-3 defense which is capable of holding the point of attack against the run and rushing the passer.
While Bradley’s defense utilizes four down lineman, the roles of those lineman have been modified and none really fit what Mincey is as a player. One end position, known as the Leo, is reserved for a speed pass rusher whose only intention on the field is to get into the backfield and disrupt the passer, Mincey has never been known to come flying off the end to generate pressure. The other end position in Bradley’s defense play more like the role of an end in a 3-4 defense which requires a player with more size than Mincey has.
Without a natural position fit, Mincey is going to have to work to find a role along a re-tooled defensive line for playing time. Although less snaps for Mincey may increase his pass rushing abilities as injuries and lack of depth saw him playing in almost every defensive snap for the Jaguars last season which clearly had a negative effect on his performance.
My guess for Mincey’s role in 2013 is that he is used as an extra pass rusher on obvious passing downs, but if the new regime doesn’t find a consistent spot for him they may choose to part ways before the season.
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