April 26, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley speaks at a press conference held at Everbank Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports
The Jacksonville Jaguars have got a bit of swagger right now.
The offseason press coverage has gone their way.
The NFL Draft went their way.
Really, everything seems to be pointing up. Whether it’s the coach, the players, or the support and investment from the top of the organization, the Jaguars are in a unique situation in the NFL. Rebuilding, which they are doing, is not unique. Completely revamping the entire organization is. From top to bottom the Jaguars are probably the youngest team in the league, not including players. A second year owner who is willing to try anything, a head coach putting his stamp on the NFL, and a slew of young innovators who are using analytics with their fresh approaches to crafting a team.
During the offseason everyone is 0-0 but if you had to guess who would come out on team based purely on bravado, it may be the Jaguars. Teams like the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers are guaranteed powerhouses who are quietly improving. The Jags are nowhere near that, but everything seems to be being done correctly and they have reason to talk themselves up. And they are.
This is the boldest offseason the Jaguars have had in recent memory. The team isn’t accidentally chopping their own feet with axes, injuring themselves excessively in offseason workouts, or finding themselves in jail. Even the four game suspension to Justin Blackmon seems like a minor blip in the overall positive trend.
The Jaguars are getting big and they are getting bold. With no Houston Texans or Indianapolis Colts to keep the Jags in check during the offseason, Jacksonville continues to surge. Winning the offseason never guarantees success for a team, but it doesn’t hurt. The Jaguars are winning the offseason thus far and it looks like it could very well carry over to the regular season as well.
– Luke N. Sims
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