The Jaguars defense is arguably the worst in football, ranking at or near the bottom of the league in virtually every major category.
This is a problem for coach Jack Del Rio for many reasons, not least of which is that he’s supposed to be a defensive coach. Jacksonville continues to search for answers at many positions including safety and defensive end.
Del Rio confirmed on Wednesday that he’s benched 2008 No. 8 overall pick Derrick Harvey, according to Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union. Jeremy Mincey will start. We mentioned that the team was reducing Harvey’s playing time earlier in the year.
Vito Stellino says Harvey is “now one of the greatest busts in team history.” (Guess Vito doesn’t see a turnaround on the way.)
We agree, if you consider that the Jaguars gave up the No. 26 overall pick, two third-rounders, and a fourth just to move up for Harvey, who is the only Jaguar left from the team’s thinned-out 2008 draft class.
That is a coach-killing trade and draft class if we ever saw one.
UPDATE: Alfie Crow of Big Cat Country points out that the Jaguars also gave up a second, fifth, and seventh-round pick in that same class for second round pick Quentin Groves. He was shipped away after two terrible years to Oakland for a fourth-round pick in the offseason. We challenge anyone to find a more disastrous draft class.