Redemption should be the only thing on Mike Sims-Walker's mind when he steps out of the tunnel on Sunday against the Rams.
A stretch? Yes, quite possibly, but it may also be the truth.
The first truth is that without Mike Sims-Walker the passing game was limited, as Garrard really had no one to throw to barring Torry Holt who had a semi-decent first half. No offense to Mike Thomas, but the rookie is more of a playmaking slot wide receiver, and I think he could excel there, but not a second or first wide receiver.
The second truth is that without Mike Sims-Walker, Mike Thomas could not come on the reverse, taking away some of the confusion for the Seattle defense. This severely limited the playbook and destroyed the offensive production.
Finally, the last truth is that the Jaguars defense did not play terribly until the offense finally rolled over to play dead.
The defense was actually holding Seattle's offense for a good portion of the first quarter and beginning of the second. Then the offense failed to generate anything and the Jaguars defense simply gave up.
And Mike Sims-Walker is fully aware of this fact.
According to the Florida Times-Union article on the benching of Mike Sims-Walker, Sims-Walker stated that his teammates, "saw before the game how sick I was. I couldn't look anybody in the eyes. I knew it was my fault. I put them in a bad situation. I've never been a character-issue guy or been in the media for the wrong reasons."
This statement made by Sims-Walker seems sincere, and if it is we could see a breakout day from him this week.
Especially since the Jaguars are playing the Rams, a team that is ranked 25th in pass defense.
That's just slightly worse then their rush defense, which is 23rd.
Which brings us to our next breakout player, MJD.
We all know that Maurice Jones-Drew is much much better then he has been in the past two games, and he voiced his opinion on the issue throughout the week calling out his coaches and his team.
Football is a game of emotion, I've played it for 10 years now, and when you play football, or any sport angry you tend to play with a fiery passion.
And MJD already plays with that passion, it may be at a whole new level this weekend. He should get a good number of carries considering that his offensive coordinator will probably listen to the upset star of the team.
Watch out St. Louis.
Both MSW and MJD will be starting in my fantasy team this week. And in a game in which the Jaguars' entire team will look to rebound, it seems like the perfect opportunity for the pair of hyphenated names to shine like stars.