Dec 28, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee (10) reacts after missing a field goal attempt during the second half against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. The Texans defeated the Jaguars 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
3) Can Special Teams become special?
Special teams was a near-disaster for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2014. Blocked field goals, blocked punts, poor returns, the Jaguars managed to hit pretty much every major problem on special teams throughout the season. A blocked field goal cost them at least one game.
The special teams unit in 2014 wasn’t special, it was a liability. So far through free agency, all the Jaguars have done to help make special teams special is bring in return man Bryan Walters from Seattle for competition as a punt returner. Even there, he isn’t a big improvement over 2014 disappointment Ace Sanders. The Jags need to make drastic improvements if they want the special teams unit to be capable of making inspiring plays.
With the draft still to come, there should be plenty of young players being brought in who are willing and able to make their mark in special teams. But for now, the Jaguars haven’t really addressed the unit. That needs to happen at some point because a repeat of 2014 is inexcusable.
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