In this final week of the regular season, there seems to be an abnormally large emphasis on which teams will have the first few picks in next year’s NFL Draft. Part of it is the potential of Stanford quarterback and likely No. 1 pick Andrew Luck. Part of it is that fans of downtrodden teams don’t have much else to root for. Whatever the reason, it’s misguided. Wishing for the No. 1, 2 or 3 overall pick is a waste of time because grading, evaluating and selecting players, while seemingly more scientific than ever, is still mostly a crapshoot. A lot of people are assuming Luck is going to be the next Peyton Manning, but it rarely works out that way.
The defensive backs’ room that cornerback David Jones left when the Jaguars reached an injury settlement with him in September after placing him on injured reserve wasn’t much like the one he’s in now at all. Jones spent three months away, then in the span of three weeks, the Jaguars lost their top three cornerbacks to injured reserve. By NFL rules, enough time had passed that they could re-sign Jones, and they did on Dec. 3 after injuries ravaged their secondary.
Winning is the be-all, end-all of sports. Winning the Super Bowl is the top of the mountain, but even winning a meaningless game on a random Sunday at the end of a losing season still makes you feel good about your team and the direction in which they’re headed. A win is a win…always. But sometimes, a loss is a win. "What are you talking about? That’s stupid."
Greg Jones said he doesn’t look outside himself for self-evaluation. And when it comes to how he gauges his level of effectiveness, the Jaguars’ fullback certainly is past the point of worrying about post-season accolades. So, while the eight-year veteran would very much like to be honored early Tuesday evening with what many around the Jaguars believe he long ago earned – his first Pro Bowl appearance – Jones said his self-concept won’t change much, either way. His self-confidence sure won’t, either.
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew was named to the AFC Pro Bowl roster in voting by coaches, players and fans, the NFL announced this evening. Jones-Drew has been recognized for the third straight year. The 2012 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 29 and televised live on NBC at 7:00 p.m. ET from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Perfect sense: Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew and Texans running back Arian Foster are two of the AFC’s running backs, although Baltimore’s Ray Rice is the starter. MJD is on the verge of his first rushing title a season after Foster led the league in ground yards. Johnathan Joseph qualifies as one of the best veteran additions in the league, and deserves his spot as a backup to Darrelle Revis and Champ Bailey.
The Jaguars close out the Wayne Weaver era Sunday by hosting the Indianapolis Colts in a bizarre game that both teams are better off losing. If the Jaguars win, it will give the Colts the first draft pick, which they will likely use to take Andrew Luck. If Luck is as good as advertised, the Jaguars will be playing against him for the next decade. If they lose to the Colts and