BY LIAM R. MCGUIRE – FAN FUEL BLOGGER
The Jacksonville Jaguars ended their 2012 season the exact same way that they started it, by losing. There weren’t many positive for the Jags disastrous season where they lost 14 games, winning only two against just-slightly-better-teams, the Raiders and the Titans. Blaine “I can’t believe he was a top 10 draft-pick” Gabbert improved from being the worst starting quarterback in the NFL to becoming one of the worst backups in the league. The team benched Gabbert for a QB who before 2012 never had a season of throwing more touchdowns than picks.
The whole Jags season makes you wonder how they would have performed with a better QB? What if stud rookie Russell Wilson was still available in the draft in the mid-third round and they could have taken him? Well that possibility was a reality, and instead of taking the QB that tied Peyton Manning’s record for most touchdowns thrown by a rookie QB, they took a punter.
Now to be fair to the Jags, the punter they took, Bryan Anger, also broke rookie records. For a team that punts a lot (the Jags punted 91 times, second only to the Cardinals mind-blowingly-bad 112 times) Anger set NFL rookie records for gross average (47.8) and net average (40.8). He also broke multiple franchise records and was named a Pro-Bowl alternate.
However, having a punter break records over a quarterback breaking records is like kissing your sister, who is actually your brother, but in drag.
GM Gene Smith’s recent firing is completely justified when you consider that he took Anger over not only Wilson, but super-sub Kirk Cousins and better-then-you-think Nick Foles. Smith’s decision was incomprehensible as was his reasoning for drafting Anger, saying that he’d “rather take a starter over a backup.”