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Old 08-20-2004   #4
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Jeff Fisher, on the competitive balance in the AFC South:...And Jacksonville? They might be the most improved team in the division."
How so, Jeff? Take a look at the players the Jags brought in to replace starters.

Greg Favors (SOLB) for Danny Clark - Favors is with his 4th team in 4 seasons and he replaces another nobody.

Dewayne Washington (RCB) for Fernando Bryant - Washington slowed noticably in Pittsburgh last year, coming up with only 1 pick, 8 passes defensed, and losing his starting job. But he can start in Jax as the lost Bryant who wasn't much better.

Deon Grant (FS) for Deke Cooper - Grant was the Jags big FA acquistion this offseason, though Carolina didn't seem very interested in keeping him.

Josh Scobee (K) for Seth Marler - Marler was the worst kicker in the league last year with a 60% FG accuracy. The rookie Scobee went 1/3 last week . Can't wait to see him with a potential game winning kick.

But you say, "What about rookie phenom WR Reggie Williams?". Well, Reggie hasn't been able to beat out the short, slow, much traveled Troy Edwards.

"What about the improvement from year 1 to year 2 for Leftwich?", you say. Leftwich should get better, but how many wins does that turn into by itself? One? Two if you're optimistic?

"But look at Taylor, Smith, Darius, Stroud, & Henderson. They're very good and put up good numbers both individually and as a team." Right, and the Jags went 5-11 and winless on the road with them. How much better are they going to get? It's possible some could regress.

So, sorry Jeff and all the other Jag believers in the "Most Improved" label. I'm not buying what you're selling.
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