Several weeks ago, Jaguars GM Gene Smith talked about meeting the wives of receiver Laurent Robinson and quarterback Chad Henne as part of the process of getting to know them before signing them. The Wall Street Journal took an interesting look at that in this piece. It's worth a read and features the thoughts of owner Shad Khan, Smith and head coach Mike Mularkey as well as Henne's wife Brittany and Robinson's wife Kat. They tie a good family life to being happy on the field and more stable and both players say being married helps them stay organized and on track with their football.
Austen Lane summed up the end of his 2011 season in succinct fashion. "It sucked," he said, laughing. That’s how the Jaguars’ defensive end this week described spending much of his second NFL season on injured reserve after entering it with far bigger goals.
Predicting the draft is a fool’s game, for better or worse. At worst, if you throw out the unpopular selection it can be dangerous stuff – if, that is, you consider "danger" a lot of vitriol and wisecracks on your Twitter timeline. At best . .
Football playing ability is the overriding No. 1 factor. If marital status and quality of wife (see what I tried to do there?) is on the long list of other matters in your equation, I’m OK with that. And it's definitely smart to court wives in addition to their husbands, because they're obviously big in the decision-making.