I found this comment on a message board where the topic was "The Jags are headed in the right direction now":
"As a life long citizen of Jacksonville I think I can speak for many in the community by thanking Gene Smith for completely rebuilding our Beloved Jaguars! After James (Shack) Harris built a team based on Thugs and Gangstas and anything but true football stars it is my oppinion that Gene Smith's commitment to charactar first first has brought a fresh new spirit to the team and the community. This team will become a winner again, surpassing the achievements of the past and winning a Super Bowl with Honor, Integrity and Charactar!
Soon the Blackouts will be a memory serving only to remind this organization that Jacksonville is a town of decent people who will not support thugs and gangstas!!"
While it is true that some of the players had character issues that shouldn't have been acceptable, they were by no means gangstas and thugs. Which players did we have that could carry that moniker? Matt Jones? Reggie Williams? Mike Peterson (not a thug)? Personally, I don't know. What 'Shack' Harris did was draft based on need and physical attributes, which got the team nowhere fast. He also made the mistake of signing washed up free agency players to high price contracts, which also hurt the team. Instead he should have been doing what Gene is doing. That is use free agency as a place to fill certain positions of need with reputable stop-gap players until it can be addressed in the draft. And approach the draft with a BAP philosophy and sticking to it with conviction. Instead of drafting physically gifted players with limited potential, drafting productive, high character young men that carry certain intangible qualities such as leadership, commitment to football, among others. While I do believe Gene will do a much better job at building this team to compete for a championship for years to come, I do not believe 'Shack' built a team of gangstas and thugs. Remember, the face of our franchise, Maurice Jones-Drew, was drafted under his tenure. This team is heading in the right direction, in GENE WE TRUST.
I've seen similar comments written by other Jag fans, here is what I think. What about you?
What former Jaguar players would you consider a thug?
ILB Mike Peterson (7 votes)
WR Matt Jones (20 votes)
SS Gerald Sensabaugh (9 votes)
WR Reggie Williams (19 votes)
CB Drayton Florence (1 vote)
WR Jerry Porter (10 votes)
Another former player (6 votes)
72 total votes