The better-than-what-you-have principle

April, 20, 2011
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Talking with a guy in a position of power with an NFL team recently, I mentioned the idea that the Jaguars and Texans would be better off with virtually anyone from the outside at safety considering the options they currently have on their rosters.

He hit me with a line I intend to stash away as a maxim:
Better than what you’ve got is not a good guiding principle. It still isn’t what you want.

Let's use the Jags as an example. If general manager Gene Smith abides by that, it may mean he has to continue to be patient at safety. While I feel certain Jacksonville will kick off its first game with someone other than Don Carey at free safety, Courtney Greene could certainly remain in place at strong safety.

If Smith can’t fine what he wants for the spot, I don't envision him forcing it. A young guy like Greene who approached things the right way and had some decent moments might be able to be part of a winning defense if the Jaguars are able to get what they want at some other spots.

Then the franchise would simply wait until it could find what it wants at safety instead of simply settling for something better than what it has.

The better-than-what-you-have principle is one I expect to be revisiting as I watch additions to the teams of the AFC South.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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