This offseason the Jacksonville Jaguars will have a new GM and most likely a new Head Coach. With that being said, there will be a roster overhaul, with many familiar faces leaving the team. I will be looking at some of the questionable players who may or may not be returning to the team next year, and look at the value they provide to this team. The first player that comes to mind is our starting DE Jeremy Mincey.
Last offseason, Jeremy Mincey signed a four-year, $20 million dollar contract to be the Jaguars best pass rusher. With 8 sacks last season, Mincey was primed for double digit sacks this year. Fifteen games into the season, however, and Mincey has only recorded 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and failed to generate a consistent pass rush. These stats are surprising, because many of us expected Mincey to at least consistently get to the QB and make a few major plays a game. That obviously hasn't happened, so let's look at what changed.
This year the Jags DT's have been very subpar, failing to create any push up the middle. Daryl Smith has also been injured all season, taking away the Jaguars pass rush from the LB position. There has also been a decline in the cornerback play from this year. Mincey clearly felt the impact from all of these declines and was incapable of making an impact by himself. Therefore, the question must be asked. Should the Jaguars keep Jeremy Mincey after a lackluster performance in 2012?
The initial reaction would be yes, since he just signed a new contract and is supposed to be our number one pass rusher. However, his production hasn't matched up to his salary. He has performed at the same level that Andre Branch and Austin Lane have this year. I believe Mincey will make it through the initial roster overhaul during the FA period, but if he doesn't perform well in training camp, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Jaguars trade him or cut him. During a rebuild, you should only retain the players that are absolutely essential to winning games. Right now Mincey is not one of them, but he deserves another chance with some new pass rushers. This is certainly one of the harder roster decisions the new GM will have to make. What do you think about Jeremy Mincey's future with the team?