I’m not sure what to think about this morning’s news that Mike Munchak will be coming back in 2013. I could take it like most rumors I’m seeing on the Twitters this morning and ignore it, because if the Jaguars win 52-7 today, he’s probably not going to return.
You want to see a couple of things from your team with a new coach. You want a team that plays hard, that can compete even when not playing their best, and plays well after a loss or a setback. I’m not seeing that from this year’s team. There was a stretch of somewhat competent play between the bye and the Packers game. Then there was the Packers game.
It’s hard to judge Munchak based on the OL play because there have been a boatload of injuries. You have to admit that the team didn’t enter the season with a ton of depth after ignoring the interior line for yet another draft. They have to be able to block for CJ and to keep Locker calm with more than a second and a half before pressure arrives.
The defense was improving, then the Packers. They either couldn’t get to Rodgers, or when they did they couldn’t tackle him. Wimbley was a big free agent fiasco, and McCarthy’s multiple injuries didn’t help.
Here are a few random thoughts and notes on today’s game:
I’m excited (relatively speaking) to see Taylor Thompson get the start at TE. He could be a Week 17 fantasy monster, although I expect a Kendall Wright at TE kind of day with five targets and all of them short.
Collin Mooney, the fullback who last played an NFL game three years ago for Army, might get a few touches today with CJFUk and Jamie Harper limited.
Al Afalava is a guy Music City Miracles highlighted on defense.
It might not be a good week to do a lot of evaluation of players since the team’s probably going to have new offensive and defensive coordinators next year. Dowell Loggains probably will end up as a QB coach somewhere else. You had your chance, kid.
CJFUk is coming back. It’s going to be a bitch of a contract when he’s 30 and the team owes him $19 million over the final two years of the deal.
I thought Jared Cook is gone, but this team needs all the offensive firepower it can handle and Cook would be a relative bargain at a franchise tag number of slightly less than $6 million.
Could the team be competitive with a guard tandem of Eugene Amano and Fernando Velasco? Is Amano coming back? I doubt Hutchinson has another year in him, but you never know.
Would the team release Wimbley after an invisible 2012? Derrick Morgan’s still under contract for two more years.
Rob Bironas is a free agent as well. He hasn’t had his best year, making 80% of his kicks which is his worst performance since 2006. He’ll be 35 this year but kickers can play forever. I’m not sure that he’s worth another 4-year, $12 million contract.
Will the Kevin Matthews experiment continue for another year? Please let it end.
I will give big ups to the least publicized Titans rookie who’s probably been the most consistent — Missouri grad Beau Brinkley, the long snapper.