I don’t know if you have noticed, but the Jags’ receivers have been subpar as of late. And by as of late, I mean the past three years. Not only have the Jaguars failed to draft or sign an elite wide receiver, nobody on the roster seems eager to even step up and become that man. Since Gene Smith’s arrival in Jacksonville three years ago, we’ve had three different receivers claim the title of "top receiver." One, Mike Sims-Walker, somehow managed to get his way back onto the roster this past season despite him, rightly, being cut at the end of 2010. Mike Thomas (2010) and Marcedes Lewis (2011) are the other two who have been top targets for the Jaguars quarterbacks.
After new Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey finalizes his coaching staff, he will review the roster with general manager Gene Smith and decide which free agents the team will attempt to keep. The Jaguars have 11 players who become unrestricted free agents on March 13 if the Jaguars don’t re-sign them, including four defensive starters: ends Jeremy Mincey and Matt Roth, cornerback Rashean Mathis and safety Dwight Lowery, along with kicker Josh Scobee and punter Nick Harris.
A head coach in sports tends to be looked at as some sort of mythical figurehead. Much like a CEO of a business, the head coach’s actual contributions aren’t looked as by the public as much as the results they oversee. Steve Jobs was looked at by outsiders as a great CEO due to the success of Apple, but unless you had insight into the way Apple functioned, it wasn’t clear whether Apple succeeded BECAUSE of him or in spite of him. In the case of the late Mr. Jobs, it seemed clear it was a case of the company succeeding due in large part to his contributions to the company.
Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey has added three more assistants to his coaching staff. Paul Spicer was named assistant defensive line coach, Brandon Blaney was named defensive assistant coach, and former Jaguars defensive back Marlon McCree has been named assistant secondary coach.