The Jacksonville Jaguars head coach, Mike Mularkey, made it apparent that even if the Jaguars star running back, Maurice Jones-Drew, ended his holdout tomorrow and returned to camp, it will still be Rashad Jennings who will get the start in week one. On Saturday, Mularkey wasn’t as direct about the issue as he was on Tuesday, but his most recent comments make it obvious, he isn’t happy with Jones-Drew, and he isn’t ready to count on the teams star player to make a sudden appearance. Mike Mularkey is ready to move on and begin the season without Maurice Jones-Drew.
The stalemate between Maurice Jones-Drew has gone on for far too long. But for obvious reasons, neither side wants to budge. The Jaguars owner, Shad Khan, is aware of the risk involved with paying a lot for a bruising running back, because history shows him that time and time again, players like Jones-Drew don’t have that long of careers where they are able to play at an elite level. For Jones-Drew, he knows that any one hit can change the course of his career, and he isn’t willing to risk that until he gets paid what he believes he is work now. With one side looking at the long term risk, and the other looking at what he can deliver in the short term, we can only hope the two sides can come to an agreement soon, because the Jaguars need Jones-Drew if they want to be competitive this season.