If there’s one thing that should concern Jaguars fans about the team’s decision to throw $60 million at defensive end Calais Campbell, it’s Campbell’s age.
He’ll turn 31 before the new season starts and there’s long been a belief around the NFL that once a player hits 30, the wear and tear begins to show and his play begins to fade.
Jags coach Doug Marrone understands the theory and says he’ll know if it’s applying to Campbell rather quickly For now at least, Marrone says he’s not concerned about leaning so heavily on a 30-soemthing end.
“We tend to go with the tape … and the number (Campbell’s age) doesn’t equate to the tape,’’ Maronne told reporters during a breakfast break at the NFL Owners Meetings in Phoenix on Tuesday.
“The thing you look for in a guy (his age) is if you see him on the ground a lot. The more you see him on the ground the more he’s probably more on the back end of it. But we don’t see that with Calais.’’
Good to hear. The Jags actually finished up the 2016 season with the NFL’s sixth ranked defense (321.7 yards per game) but they still gave up 25 points per game.
Their inability to get off the field by making key stops at critical times was a big part of the problem and the Jags are obviously hoping Campbell can help them fix that.
If he can stay off the ground, he probably will.