I’ve been sitting here in good ol Iraq thinking about our beloved Jags and I was seriously depressed about the 2 losses we have had to endure so far. I know that not too many people out there in the media world are picking us to win. That too had me feeling depressed. Why is this happening? Why are we getting manhandled so badly by everyone else? Are we just unlucky when it comes to picking players? Players that we were sure were going to be the answer to turning this team around. Players that would draw a large crowd on Sunday. I asked myself, are they really that bad? From the first two games I was trying desperately to find some positives and I couldn’t do it without blowing smoke up my own ass. Well it has seemed that way up to this point didn’t it? But then I got to thinking about it.
I know now that I have been too hard on them. How can we really expect much from this roster at this point. There are so many new players on this team with little to no experience playing in the NFL. And yet here I am expecting them to hold their own against seasoned veterans who know the pro game. I had to tell myself that Monroe and Britton have never once in their lives lined up against players as good as what they have faced so far. Cox played for a very small school against most players who were barely better than a high school kid. But he did fairly well against Wayne and against the Cards. Our rookies are facing guys who run routes with precision and speed like nothing they have ever seen. Big fast defensive ends with every move in the book at their disposal. Linebackers who blaze through a line with such explosion that the rooks don’t know what to do. My point is that Vic is dead on with this one. They need time to learn, to adjust, and to soak in the pro game. This whole youth movement is probably going to lead to a lot of losses this year. But now I know that it isn’t because we have bad players and everyone else has good players. It is because we have young players who need time and our patience. I am going to give it to them. They will get better. Gene Smith is not a fool. I expect big things out of next years draft as well (and I don’t mean Tebow). For now here is what I am going to do, I will find enjoyment this season in watching the growth of young professional athletes and the future of a soon to be power house squad. I can wait for the future. Now, Go Jags! Kill them Texans!