If the Jags cut Matt Jones, It will be Their Fault not His

If the Jags cut Matt Jones, It will be Their Fault not His

If the Jags cut Matt Jones, It will be Their Fault not His

      Why does every NFL coach believe that an athlete playing quarterback with a scud missile launcher for an arm (great velocity with absolutely no concept of where it will land) will become the next Jerry Rice at wide receiver?

By Bill Smith

      There are rumors that the Jags will cut Matt Jones after June 1. They signed WR Jerry Porter, an UFA from the Raiders, to a 6 year $30 million dollar contract. I really like Jack DelRio as both a player and a coach. But nothing in Jones' background would lead one to believe that he would ever become a receiver. 

      A wide receiver must be disciplined. One look at Jones' hair would tell even the most casual observer that Jones had no idea what discipline was let alone that it had anything to do with his life. In fact, the thing that made Jones a good college quarterback was his lack of discipline. It was his ability to ad lib when things were falling apart around him (and that happened frequently) that made him so effective.

      A wide receiver must have proven hands. Nothing in Jones' experience at Arkansas except catching shotgun snaps would lead you to believe that he had proven hands.

      So what would you do with a running quarterback? Let him run! While Jones has has been a below average receiver, he could be an above average runner. With 4.3 speed and 232 pound frame, he has the ability to be a better running back than he was a receiver. At Arkansas, he was elusive and played at his clock speed. He had the vision and anticipation that is required to be a good RB.

      Being 6-6, he tends to run a little upright, but has some power in his legs and should have a chance to do what he does best before he is released.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for http://BrutusReport.com. He has also published several novels on http://ebooks-library.com/index.cfm and edits http://fryingpanpolitics.blog.com


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