Some things need to be done now, not later. Take the Jaguars first-round draft pick and retirement of Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter.
Right now – I’m talking about the 2014 season – the Jaguars’ biggest need is pass rusher. Oh, the Jaguars need a lot of things -- quarterback, linebacker, interior offensive linemen, receivers – but none is as glaring as their lack of a pass rush.
There’s an obvious reason why quarterbacks of all types have enjoyed record performances in recent years against the Jaguars. One joke is quarterbacks don’t have to shower after playing against the Jaguars because they’re never knocked to the ground. It isn’t funny, of course, if you’re a Jaguars fans.
And that’s why you can expect the Jaguars to draft a pass rusher with the No. 3 pick in the May draft. Fortunately for the Jags it’s a good year to need a pass rusher. Jadeveon Clowney tops the list, but Anthony Barr and Khalil Mack are nearly rated as highly.
All of this becomes moot, of course, if there’s a quarterback available the Jaguars project to be an elite player. Personally, I’m sold on Johnny Manziel but for the here and now Chad Henne will do.
As for Jeter, I’m almost as big a fan of him as anybody, but he’s not doing the Yankees any favors with his long-season farewell tour. At 39 and coming off of a major injury that sidelined him for most of the ’13 season, Jeter is now no more than an average player – if that.
Sure, he’s in the discussion as the greatest shortstop of all-time and he’s definitely one of the greatest Yankee players ever.
But that was then and this is now.
The Yankees will, no doubt, feel compelled to play Jeter as much as possible during his final season out of respect. The fans – home and away – will clamor watch him one last season. Even though most figured this would be his final season, Jeter created a circus atmosphere and forced the Yanks’ hands by announcing his impending retirement when he reported to spring training.
In doing so he’s hurt the Yankees chances of winning this season.
His statue should go in center field at Yankee Stadium now, not next season.
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