Jacksonville Jaguars: Why Re-Signing Mike Sims-Walker Makes Little Sense
The Jacksonville Jaguars, again, have me wondering if they really have a clue how to build a football team.
Jacksonville re-signed Mike Sims-Walker today, whom they cut just after the conclusion of the 2010 season. Meanwhile, fans in Jacksonville asked aloud why the Jaguars were releasing arguably the best receiver on their roster.
Sims-Walker battled with injuries while in Jacksonville, yet was the only target with any size Blaine Gabbert would have had at his disposal in 2011.
Sims-Walker signed with the St. Louis Rams during the offseason and was expected to be a major target for Sam Bradford in 2011.
However, offensive maladies such as poor line play and lack of a consistent running game has Bradford looking like he has regressed, while Sims-Walker has struggled with injuries.
He is clearly not the same receiver he was in 2009.
In addition, there are the events from last week. When the Denver Broncos announced last week that they were shopping their top receiver and 2010's receiving yardage leader, I considered it a no-brainer that Jacksonville would take a chance on Brandon Lloyd.
The price Denver was asking was low, and there was no commitment beyond 2011, as Lloyd is in the last year of his contract. Jacksonville could test him for 2011, and the make the decision to either resign Lloyd or let him walk if things didn't work out.
Jacksonville didn't move a muscle for Brandon Lloyd, while the Rams moved aggressively.
Jacksonville, yet again, failed to address the biggest problem spot on their team, while the Rams released Sims-Walker after trading for Lloyd.
The cyclical situation involving these two players says one thing: Brandon Lloyd is clearly a better receiver than Mike Sims-Walker, and it makes little sense for the Jaguars to turn away from Lloyd and then quickly resign a guy they gave up on just nine months ago.
Signing Mike Sims-Walker doesn't make the Jaguars any better. He isn't fast enough to stretch a defense, while Brandon Lloyd is a big-play receiver that is difficult to defend in man coverage.
I wonder where the moves are that show the Jaguars haven't given up on 2011. I wonder where the desire was to upgrade the worst receiving corps in the NFL.
My evaluation is that general manager Gene Smith is done trying to fix this team until Jack Del Rio is gone.
Rumors are circulating that Smith and Del Rio don't work well together, and Smith may be simply biding his time until this offseason to make wholesale changes to the offense and to the defensive end position.
If there is one thing to take away from this, it's that the Jaguars' front office has given up on 2011, and the signing of Sims-Walker is merely window dressing. This is a move they know won't impact the football team, but is still a move they can show fans as an example that they "signed a receiver."
If you are a Jaguars fan, you still have 10 games left with an inept offense, a head coach who is clearly lost and a front office that is waiting for the clock to strike midnight on the 2011 season.
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