Two years ago, Mike Thomas was one of the league’s up-and-coming receivers, hauling in 66 passes while playing on a basic, run-first offense. In 2011, he couldn’t repeat that success — not even coming come close — and now lets us know why.
Thomas told the Florida Times-Union that the prior coaching staff may be at fault for the poor production, as Jacksonville’s receiving corps “might not have been pushed hard enough” last season.
More specifically, Thomas is criticizing former receivers coach Johnny Cox, who, after two years as the offensive quality control coach, took over for Todd Monken after he bolted to become Oklahoma State’s offensive coordinator.
The transition from Monken to Cox was an uneasy one for the Jags’ wideouts, and the difference in coaching styles was more than apparent.
“There was a difference,’’ Thomas said. “I think everybody can see and feel that, so that’s why we are here where we are today.”
Fortunately for Thomas and his peers, Cox was let g