But the larger question may be whether Matt Cassel, who isn't an elite quarterback, can be the latest quarterback to torch the Jaguars' secondary. With Derek Cox apparently returning to the lineup, the Jaguars are likely to start their fifth secondary combination in seven games and cornerback Rashean Mathis suggests there has been too much shuffling.
Mathis said injuries are part of it, but added, "Some of the other stuff that happens like Jack [Del Rio] getting mad at Derek Cox, for example, at some point do you say, 'You know what, we've got enough going on around here, calm down.' I think reality has to set in on the coaches and [they have to] understand what is going through as a team in certain spots and be like, OK, whether it's backing off a certain guy or allowing us to keep plugging and playing football and keep a consistent rotation in, or however it might be, I think it's an awareness factor on the coach."
Mathis said the secondary needs to play well today so, "We can drive that point in his head that this group works. You don't have to make any more changes."
Says a lot doesn't it? To me, there's a huge problem when you don't have your starters penciled in and at the first sign of adversity, you make changes. JDR is treating the secondary like he has treated assistant coaches during his reign.
Also, it's one of the few times I've seen Rashean speak out like that. Something tells me he'll be in JDR's crosshairs soon enough. While some may say good riddance, fact of the matter is he's the quarterback in the secondary so I assume he knows of what he speaks.