How Barkevious Mingo Can Restore the Roar in Jacksonville

Brandon AlisogluCorrespondent IDecember 13, 2012

BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 01:  Barkevious Mingo #49 of the LSU Tigers celebrates a tackle for a loss of yards against the North Texas Mean Green at Tiger Stadium on September 1, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  LSU would win 41-14.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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The Jacksonville Jaguars lack an identity as a team. Neither the offense or defense seems to have any particular specialty, especially now that Maurice Jones-Drew has gone the way of the dodo. 

That's where Barkevious Mingo fits in.

The Jaguars have to do something this offseason. Whether it's with the quarterback, the aforementioned running back or the coaching staff, things need to be shaken up.

But they must take care not to miss an obvious step: add a legitimate pass-rusher.

Mingo hasn't had the type of year that many LSU Tigers fans had hoped for. He hasn't forced a single fumble and has recorded a measly four sacks.

However, numbers do lie at times. They don't always reflect the amount of attention he is paid by an opposing offensive line, and they certainly don't reflect his motor.

The kid loves to get upfield and after the quarterback. That's obviously something that the Jags have lacked considering they have a total of 14 sacks this year.

Still, the Jags cannot force him to be something he is not. Mingo is not a bulky defensive end able to play both the run and pass equally well.

He's a speed rusher who needs to be unleashed on passing downs. He can certainly become more than a situational specialist as he grows into his body, but he won't be stopping any big NFL backs soon.

Back to the identity issue.

Mingo will infuse the defense with a speed, much like Jason Pierre-Paul did for the New York Giants. That will free up other players to make plays, whether they are as talented as he is or not.

Thus, the Jaguars will become a team that can get after the quarterback. In today's NFL, you can't minimize such a thing. Few secondaries are able to dominate a game, not like a defensive line can.

So become that type of team, Jacksonville. Embrace the causing-chaos mantra and grab a kid who can make it all happen.