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Sveen
06-14-2007, 10:37 AM
The youth movement at safety has officially begun, as the Jaguars informed Donovin Darius on Thursday morning that the team was releasing him. So ends the Jaguars career of the player who has started more games than any other defensive player in franchise history.

An influx of young talent at the safety position would seem to be at the root of Dariusí release. Heís coming off a season in which he sustained a broken leg in a week-11 game against the New York Giants. He missed 14 games in 2005 after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.

Source: http://www.jaguars.com/news/article.aspx?id=6093

Jay
06-14-2007, 10:39 AM
WHOA! Didn't see that coming...

The Pats should pounce on that as Asante insurance...

draftguru151
06-14-2007, 10:49 AM
Oh my goodness keep him in Florida. I don't want to see Renaldo Hill starting anymore.

Star Wideout
06-14-2007, 11:00 AM
Panthers need to get on this pronto.

Splat
06-14-2007, 11:05 AM
Shocking move.

jag
06-14-2007, 11:07 AM
Well I'm really not all that surprised, Donovan has become injury prone and missed major playing time in both of the past two years. It's gonna be weird seeing him playing for somebody else, but he definitely still has the ability to start.

Another thing this tells us is how much faith the coaching staff has in Gerald Sensebaugh to step in and become our full time starter. Which will IMO benefit this team more than keeping Donovan around another year or two.

M.O.T.H.
06-14-2007, 11:18 AM
May not be surprising for Jags fans but, i have to admit, i'm surprised.

KCJ58
06-14-2007, 11:19 AM
This was very schocking i wonder where he goes now

ATLDirtyBirds
06-14-2007, 11:22 AM
May not be surprising for Jags fans but, i have to admit, i'm surprised.

Me as well. I knew he got injured, but I still thought he was a good saftey.

Chucky
06-14-2007, 11:26 AM
Hopefully the bucs will pick him up, he could be a beast on special teams.WOuld he fit the cover2?

bearsfan_51
06-14-2007, 11:32 AM
Haha...he's not going to play special teams.

reese
06-14-2007, 01:00 PM
miami should get him

NYmoney
06-14-2007, 01:05 PM
That Is Extremely Surprising

ShutDwn
06-14-2007, 01:19 PM
Panthers need to get on this pronto.

No, the Panthers need young guys to get experience. Not a guy who has had severe injuries two years in a row and is going into his 11th season.

TheChampIsHere
06-14-2007, 01:24 PM
kinda surprising but I guess this can be seen as a bode of confidence in Nelson and Sensabaugh. Darius shouldnt have a hard time finding a new home.

Hines
06-14-2007, 01:28 PM
i think gattis is gonna start now at strong saftey

or get a real long look to start

BigJohn98
06-14-2007, 01:33 PM
i think gattis is gonna start now at strong saftey

or get a real long look to start

Gerald Sensabaugh will start.

neko4
06-14-2007, 02:32 PM
I swear if Green Bay doesnt make a move considering on the cap room I'll be ticked off

TheChampIsHere
06-14-2007, 02:37 PM
i think gattis is gonna start now at strong saftey

or get a real long look to start

I forgot about Gattis...I dont think he starts, Sensabaugh will be the guy, but he gives them quality depth which is what lets them drop Darius, which makes their draft make a lot more sense to me.

yourfavestoner
06-14-2007, 02:46 PM
I've been saying for awhile now that Gerald Sensabaugh is going to break out this year.

This move doesn't necessarily surprise me, as I really didn't think the Jags wanted to pay him $3.5 million this year to be a situational player. I'm more surprised by the timing of it. If they were going to release him, I expected it to be during training camp. By doing it early, though, it gives him plenty of time to find a new job.

LSUALUM99
06-14-2007, 03:15 PM
Hello, this is Jerry Jones. We have a problem, we can't cover with our safties, since you're out of work and all, would you mind playing for us for $3 million this year? Oh, and you'll get to hit TO every day in practice as a bonus!

JT Jag
06-14-2007, 03:17 PM
One possibility: Philadelphia.

Sean Considine is not a run-stuffer, and Andy Reid always likes to have his team in "win-now" mode. Darius would be a defensive upgrade.

Also, Donovin's hometown is nearby.

PACKmanN
06-14-2007, 03:25 PM
I swear if Green Bay doesnt make a move considering on the cap room I'll be ticked off

no thanks, i would rather let Rouse develop and let him start.

Notredameleo
06-14-2007, 03:45 PM
Would he fit the tampa 2?

etk
06-14-2007, 04:11 PM
Would he fit the tampa 2?

Hopefully the bucs will pick him up, he could be a beast on special teams.WOuld he fit the cover2?

1. We don't need him and won't sign him. We have Jermaine Phillips and we just drafted Piscitelli in the 2nd round.

2. Donovin Darius is one of the biggest and most punishing hitters from the safety position. He would not be close enough to the LOS in our defense nor would he be able to make many plays on the ground. Giving him strict deep 1/2 responsibilities would be a crime.

bearsfan_51
06-14-2007, 04:53 PM
1. We don't need him and won't sign him. We have Jermaine Phillips and we just drafted Piscitelli in the 2nd round.

2. Donovin Darius is one of the biggest and most punishing hitters from the safety position. He would not be close enough to the LOS in our defense nor would he be able to make many plays on the ground. Giving him strict deep 1/2 responsibilities would be a crime.
You don't have to play your safties like that in the cover 2. Just look at Archuleta.

stl9erfan
06-14-2007, 05:08 PM
Just a guess, but I think he'd look pretty good in a Chargers uniform... Failing that I think Carolina would be a good spot.

Xenos
06-14-2007, 05:26 PM
Just a guess, but I think he'd look pretty good in a Chargers uniform... Failing that I think Carolina would be a good spot.

The Chargers are gonna pass on him. We need a safety that's good in coverage, not one that's a good run stuffer. Our run defense is fine. It's the other thing that could use some improving.

Yung Flippa
06-14-2007, 05:44 PM
He won't have a hard time finding a new home.

Phrost
06-14-2007, 05:46 PM
You don't have to play your safties like that in the cover 2. Just look at Archuleta.

ROFLCOPTER!!!!!!!

etk
06-14-2007, 05:59 PM
You don't have to play your safties like that in the cover 2. Just look at Archuleta.

If Gaines Adams gets more sacks than Mark Anderson we might have the luxury and flexibility on defense to play our SS in the box more often. Right now we don't create enough pressure to take that risk, especially if Phillips is the guy with the pressure of covering a deep 1/2 from 7-9 yards away from the LOS.

HoopsDemon12
06-14-2007, 06:29 PM
Hello, this is Jerry Jones. We have a problem, we can't cover with our safties, since you're out of work and all, would you mind playing for us for $3 million this year? Oh, and you'll get to hit TO every day in practice as a bonus!

can i accept that job opening by any chance?

HoopsDemon12
06-14-2007, 06:31 PM
This was very schocking i wonder where he goes now

that is the best sig i have ever looked at... i seriously cant stop looking at it...

etk
06-14-2007, 06:38 PM
that is the best sig i have ever looked at... i seriously cant stop looking at it...

I know, I can't stop looking either. My eyes are just so drawn to Cromartie's misspelled last name...

bearsfan_51
06-14-2007, 07:02 PM
ROFLCOPTER!!!!!!!

Archuleta was really good in St.Louis. Do some research.

RaiderNation
06-14-2007, 07:07 PM
if he goes to carolina he would help them out alot

etk
06-14-2007, 07:11 PM
Archuleta was really good in St.Louis. Do some research.

Yeah, he actually had some really nice plays against the Bucs (Phrost should know this).

SFbear
06-14-2007, 07:14 PM
Archuleta was really good in St.Louis. Do some research.

Or John Lynch and Bob Sanders for that matter. A common element of all the effective Tampa 2 defenses recently has been a hard hitting SS that can play in the box against the run.

etk
06-14-2007, 07:15 PM
Or John Lynch and Bob Sanders for that matter. A common element of all the effective Tampa 2 defenses recently has been a hard hitting SS that can play in the box against the run.

Bob Sanders plays SS? Nice try buddy.

SFbear
06-14-2007, 07:24 PM
Bob Sanders plays SS? Nice try buddy.

Well he is hard hitting and elevated the Colts the run defense once he got back on the field. The TFL against Cedric Benson in the Superbowl that forced a fumble is still fresh in my mind. Ill guess a Colts fan can elaborate how often he plays in the box.

yourfavestoner
06-14-2007, 11:12 PM
Bob Sanders plays SS? Nice try buddy.

He plays FS, but his responsibilities are more like a SS, with Bethea playing center-fielder. A lot of the time, the Colts don't even run cover two. They run a weakside cover three, with the FS (Sanders) playing close to the line of scrimmage.

Phrost
06-14-2007, 11:33 PM
Archuleta was really good in St.Louis. Do some research.

He couldn't cover worth a **** there or anywhere.

7-11
06-15-2007, 01:45 AM
Bob Sanders plays SS? Nice try buddy.

i am so sick of people saying that bob sanders is a FS, technically he is and its the scheme that the colts run that have him lined up in the position, but watch the guy play and youll realise he is a hard hitting SS like player

Phrost
06-15-2007, 01:47 AM
i am so sick of people saying that bob sanders is a FS, technically he is and its the scheme that the colts run that have him lined up in the position, but watch the guy play and youll realise he is a hard hitting SS like player

A safety is a safety is a safety...WHO CARES!?

Caddy
06-15-2007, 02:18 AM
i am so sick of people saying that bob sanders is a FS, technically he is and its the scheme that the colts run that have him lined up in the position, but watch the guy play and youll realise he is a hard hitting SS like player

Just because he is a hard hitter doesn't make him a strong safety. He plays FS and it's as simple as that.

CC.SD
06-15-2007, 03:03 AM
Just because he is a hard hitter doesn't make him a strong safety. He plays FS and it's as simple as that.

Yeah but how often do you see the FS in the box? Not as much as the SS. It's a stupid argument, clearly everyone can see what the responsibilities are. Who cares what the position is called?

CARDIAC CAT 7
06-15-2007, 04:14 AM
Donovan Darius is going to go to a Super Bowl Caliber team, personally I think San Diego would be a perfect fit for him. But as a Jags fan its a good move, he only played in 12 games the past 2 years. Sensabaugh is ready to come and start. I think Gattis will play good minutes though, he will be their utlilty DB. The only downside is Nelson doesnt have a solid vet to lean on because he gambles so much.

stl9erfan
06-15-2007, 06:37 AM
The Chargers are gonna pass on him. We need a safety that's good in coverage, not one that's a good run stuffer. Our run defense is fine. It's the other thing that could use some improving.

So is Weddle going to be playing CB, then? He would seem like the obvious choice for that "good in coverage" safety. I mean, the Chargers certainly gave up a lot for him, so I would expect he'll contribute early.

The Unseen
06-15-2007, 10:09 AM
I'm kinda surprised, but it's a move I understand. There's an influx of talent at the position.

YAYareaRB
06-15-2007, 11:17 AM
Quick.. How much money do we have?

Xenos
06-15-2007, 01:38 PM
So is Weddle going to be playing CB, then? He would seem like the obvious choice for that "good in coverage" safety. I mean, the Chargers certainly gave up a lot for him, so I would expect he'll contribute early.

Hey, I would love it if Weddle could contribute right away. He certainly has the smarts and from what I've heard, he's getting a lot of praise in minicamp. Right now, our starters are Marlon McCree and Clinton Hart. McCree is fine as starter, it's Hart that I'm worried about. The guy is really athletic but he doesn't have the anticipation and reaction that you need from a SS/FS hybrid in our system.

yourfavestoner
06-15-2007, 02:12 PM
Just because he is a hard hitter doesn't make him a strong safety. He plays FS and it's as simple as that.

Read what I just wrote.

He plays FS, but his responsibilities are more like a SS, with Bethea playing center-fielder. A lot of the time, the Colts don't even run cover two. They run a weakside cover three, with the FS (Sanders) playing close to the line of scrimmage.

cunningham06
06-15-2007, 08:38 PM
Wouldn't mind if he went to the Texans. If we had a good run support safety our defense would be so much better.

locseti
06-15-2007, 09:11 PM
What?! Double D Darkwing Darius? He's a hitter not a quitter!

Go_Eagles77
06-15-2007, 09:20 PM
I'm not ruling out the possibility of him going to the eagles, he could compliment Dawkins very well. As long as he could cover better than Michael Lewis I wouldn't complain.

ShutDwn
06-15-2007, 09:35 PM
I'm not ruling out the possibility of him going to the eagles, he could compliment Dawkins very well. As long as he could cover better than Michael Lewis I wouldn't complain.

I believe he can, Mcnabb and Darius are also friends so it would make sense.

locseti
06-15-2007, 09:46 PM
I'm not ruling out the possibility of him going to the eagles, he could compliment Dawkins very well. As long as he could cover better than Michael Lewis I wouldn't complain.

Damn, how'd you like to be running a seam route up the middle with Darius and Dawkins dialing you in.

Go_Eagles77
06-15-2007, 09:48 PM
I believe he can, Mcnabb and Darius are also friends so it would make sense.

Yeah, they both went to Syracuse together. Apparently the eagles are also interested in Sammy Knight, if it came down to those 2 I'd take Darius in a heartbeat.

7-11
06-15-2007, 10:26 PM
Just because he is a hard hitter doesn't make him a strong safety. He plays FS and it's as simple as that.

its not really as simple as that at all. dont go off what he is listed and actually watch the guy then you can make an assumption of what his role is and the stereotypical role of the strong and free safety

7-11
06-15-2007, 10:28 PM
Read what I just wrote.

face it, people that dont watch him play standing up on the line of scrimmage are always going to assume he plays as a free safety becasue he is listed as such

Eagles own the NFC East
06-17-2007, 09:39 PM
get on this Eagles. He went to Syracuse with McNabb so maybe Donovan could persuade the front office to sign him. Him and Dawkins would be a nasty hard hitting tandem.

Sniper
06-17-2007, 10:09 PM
God delaying Considine starting yet another year would be amazing...GET HIM EAGLES!

reese
06-18-2007, 12:17 AM
anybody have any idea where darius is gonna end up?...i havent heard anything at all

BlindSite
06-18-2007, 01:06 AM
I'd like to see him in Carolina outside of minter there's no one.

yourfavestoner
06-18-2007, 02:35 AM
anybody have any idea where darius is gonna end up?...i havent heard anything at all

http://www.nfl.com/nflnetwork/story/10227186

SAFETY DANCE

Former Jacksonville safety Donovin Darius (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/12315), whom the Jaguars released June 14 after previously designating him as their franchise player three consecutive years, already is drawing interest around the league.
Buffalo, Carolina and Oakland already have expressed an interest, which shouldn't be overly surprising. No team has a greater need for a veteran safety of Darius' ilk than the Panthers.


Carolina's top safeties appear to be former fourth-round pick Nate Salley (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/420149) and veteran Mike Minter (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/12565). The Panthers could not add more safety help through the draft and now might be able to do it through free agency.
Buffalo's top two safeties are former first-round pick Donte Whitner (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/423565) and former fourth-round pick Ko Simpson (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/518597). Oakland lines up former first-round pick Michael Huff (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/413238) and former third-round pick Stuart Schweigert (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/493052).
Some around the league think the Eagles still could make a run at Darius, a former college teammate of Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/133361). The Eagles have been exploring the possibility of signing former Chiefs safety Sammy Knight (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/3794), who recently was released. Darius is considered a better safety, but he will be a pricier one, too.

Sniper
06-18-2007, 06:47 AM
http://www.nfl.com/nflnetwork/story/10227186

SAFETY DANCE

Former Jacksonville safety Donovin Darius (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/12315), whom the Jaguars released June 14 after previously designating him as their franchise player three consecutive years, already is drawing interest around the league.
Buffalo, Carolina and Oakland already have expressed an interest, which shouldn't be overly surprising. No team has a greater need for a veteran safety of Darius' ilk than the Panthers.


Carolina's top safeties appear to be former fourth-round pick Nate Salley (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/420149) and veteran Mike Minter (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/12565). The Panthers could not add more safety help through the draft and now might be able to do it through free agency.
Buffalo's top two safeties are former first-round pick Donte Whitner (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/423565) and former fourth-round pick Ko Simpson (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/518597). Oakland lines up former first-round pick Michael Huff (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/413238) and former third-round pick Stuart Schweigert (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/493052).
Some around the league think the Eagles still could make a run at Darius, a former college teammate of Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/133361). The Eagles have been exploring the possibility of signing former Chiefs safety Sammy Knight (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/3794), who recently was released. Darius is considered a better safety, but he will be a pricier one, too.





Oh how predictable of the Eagles. We need to save money so we can get a 17th D-lineman, I forgot.

BuckNaked
06-18-2007, 07:05 PM
Oh how predictable of the Eagles. We need to save money so we can get a 17th D-lineman, I forgot.

Knight and Darius are both safeties, don't know what you're talking about.

Sniper
06-18-2007, 08:10 PM
I meant not shelling out for the best available. Sign Knight cheap, grab another DT, or sign Darius, who is the perfect compliment to Dawkins, even though he costs more. Tough call.

NickCollins36
06-18-2007, 08:12 PM
hopefully green bay makes a move...not getting my hopes up though

Mr. Stiller
06-18-2007, 10:45 PM
I would think that....


Tennessee might want to look at him, frankly, just like Hope in Pittsburgh, he could be a solid Coverage safety, and allow Darius to play the hard hitter, as Hope is the middle field monster.

Houston, Darius would be a huge upgrade over Glenn Earl.

Cleveland... I don't think it would be his strongsuit, but Sean Jones might be a solid FS and Darius could provide some run support.

Cincinnati... He would be a solid upgrade over Dexter Jackson and could teach Marvin White the nuances of the position.

djcoreylee
06-18-2007, 11:46 PM
The Packers are calling your name!

ShutDwn
06-19-2007, 12:14 AM
I'd like to see him in Carolina outside of minter there's no one.

I find it funny that the team says they are confident in there guys at the position but show immediate interest in Darius.

So we can prolong the development of anyone else at the position? We need to look within the team for an answer instead of hoping a 10 year veteran coming off serious injuries can pump out another solid season.

I doubt we sign Darius to more than a pretty good one year contract. So, lets say we do. What happens if Darius goes down in the middle of the season? We will throw Salley in there. Give him a vote of confidence (we were so confident in him we felt the need to bring in Darius) and then if he does make a mistake, as many players who have never started do, we will bench him.

Bit pessimistic? Yes, lets look at it another way. He does awesome, plays near a probowl level. A guy his age coming off a good season is going to look for the money, and get it while he can. So, he leaves and Minter retires. Now we have exactly zero starting experience, and no feel for playing with the starters.

If we do bring him in, I expect Salley to have the job until he loses it by not performing on the field. Salley has been the one going to the OTAs and working his butt off to be the starter. And I don't mean Salley loses it in training camp, because that to me would be total BS.

SchizophrenicBatman
06-20-2007, 06:21 PM
Nate Salley is garbage, he's so bad he couldn't even play special teams without blowing coverage last year. He's basically a worse version of Dwayne Slay

Darius fits the bill for what Carolina's done at safety over the past few years. Will they keep that as their plan? Who knows, but not signing him to "get young" because it would "delay development" at the position is asinine. I could understand if there was someone to develop, but there isn't. CJ Wilson is the most talented safety after Minter on the roster, and he's a rookie who played CB in college.

As for the Jags, good move. Sensabaugh will be a player in the league and Darius is at the end of the rope

BlindSite
06-20-2007, 07:23 PM
I agree with schizo, I've been surprised before plesantly by players the team's been high on, like Drew Carter.

Yet, I've also been heavily disappointed. Salley could be a decent safety, but I'm not comfortable with him being the only option. What if he gets injured?

We need insurance, we signed McCree to be insurance, in the a similar situation and he ended up playing great for us. We can get a decent safety next year in FA or the draft or through trade but right now we need a patch work.