Jacksonville Jaguars Are on The Rise

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The Jacksonville Jaguars had an excellent 2015 NFL Draft, bringing in five rookies who could contribute right away. That’s powerful for a team that is still struggling to overhaul a roster that was mismanaged for years before the arrival of current general manager Dave Caldwell.

Fortunately, with some solid drafts under his belt and an excellent free agency period, Caldwell can look at the Jaguars and see that they are trending upward.

Of course, it’s easy to say that when it’s early May and there haven’t been any workouts yet (rookie minicamp starts on Friday) or preseason games or surprise injuries. Really, just football happening.

From our early-in-the-year perspective, however, things are looking up. Bringing in Dante Fowler Jr., A.J. Cann, T.J. Yeldon, Rashad Greene, and James Sample should help the team compete better in 2015. Sample, Fowler, and Yeldon all fill holes that haven’t been adequately addressed in recent years. Don’t be shocked to see them competing in games against opponents who were significantly better than the Jaguars in 2014.

We talk a lot about the Jaguars trending upward and we like to highlight the talent infusion, but it isn’t just the management of the roster that matters.

This year the Jaguars have an offensive brain trust in the coaching ranks with Doug Marrone, Nate Hackett, and Greg Olson filling major roles. Olson may not be everyone’s favorite offensive coordinator, but there’s no denying that the Jaguars’ coaching staff went from a jumped up college staff to a true professional one since the end of the 2014 season.

When you add in another year of head coaching under Gus Bradley’s belt and his never ending pursuit of competition and success, you’re seeing a coaching staff that is developing into a respectable group. You’re seeing a coaching staff that knows what it is doing better and better and is learning the intricacies of developing a young team into a contender.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are on the rise from the coaching staff to the roster to the pool in the stadium. It’s going to be a good year for the team in 2015.

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