The Jacksonville Jaguars have struggled mightily the past few seasons. They haven’t been to the playoffs since 2007. They haven’t had a winning record since 2007. The 8-8- year in 2010 looks more and more like a fluke in the greater tide of history. The last three seasons have yielded just nine wins, combined. The last two seasons under general manager Dave Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley have given the team just a 7-25 record as they struggle to turn around a franchise that was being swallowed by quicksand.
So, when we consider the Jacksonville Jaguars becoming successful, we have to recognize that the team is trying to turn around a recent track record that is simply terrible. In almost a decade of football, the Jaguars have only managed to get to .500 once. This is eight seasons of long, aggravating play that we the fans have had to sit through.
Hopefully the break from the past comes sooner rather than later. Hopefully next year we don’t see the Jacksonville Jaguars picking in the top five of the draft again. Hopefully it won’t be in the top 10!
But for now, that track record weighs down the team and keeps all of our eyes from looking straight up, always worried that the team may suddenly trip over its own feet or some surprising obstacle in the way.
Now, this isn’t to say that the Jaguars are cursed. Just that sometimes, things simply don’t line up in your favor. The Jaguars are going to see 2015 as a growth year, looking for progress from draft picks in 2013 and 2014 and hoping the rookies from the 2015 NFL Draft can make a solid contribution. Without 2015 third overall pick Dante Fowler Jr. the team isn’t treading water per se, but they are going to miss a productive member of their team due to injury.
The Jaguars are going to be fighting against the weight of an injury this offseason, injuries from the end of last year, and a host of other problems that could still occur this offseason. 2015 is going to be a tough year to try and break away from a track record that seems almost insurmountable just three years after moving on from the disastrous Gene Smith era. Hopefully things shift and they are able to make it work, bu if problems continue to stack up on the Jacksonville Jaguars, it will only be more difficult.
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