Wednesday, August 15, 2012
What Jaguars could look like minus Monroe
By Paul Kuharsky
If left tackle Eugene Monroe has a concussion and can’t play Friday night at New Orleans, it’s going to be awfully hard to afford Blaine Gabbert the brand of protection he needs to be measured.
We may get to see how much better the second-year QB is under pressure instead of how good he can be if the line is better at protecting him.
With starting left guard Will Rackley (ankle), backup guard Jason Spitz (foot) and backup center John Estes (knee) all out, the Jaguars have already shuffled right tackle Eben Britton to left guard, inserting Cameron Bradfield at right tackle.
Bradfield is listed on the team’s unofficial depth chart as the backup at left tackle too.
So if the Jaguars are without Monroe…
Mike Mularkey could move Britton back to right tackle, put Bradfield at left tackle and elevate Daniel Baldridge, rookie center Mike Brewster or rookie D.J. Hall to left guard.
Or the coach could leave Britton and left guard, put Bradfield at left tackle and play Guy Whimper at right tackle.
Whatever the construction, if the team is without Monroe, it’ll be missing two-fifth of its starting group and be without arguably four of its best seven linemen.
If the Saints second unit rushes well, that could mean a worse outlook for Chad Henne than it does for Gabbert.
New Orleans had just one sack against New England in Week 1 of the preseason, but had three in the Hall of Fame Game against Arizona.