Tashaun Gipson a true believer in Jacksonville Jaguars

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Oct 26, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns free safety Tashaun Gipson (39) reacts after making a stop against the Oakland Raiders during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Browns won 23-13. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 26, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns free safety Tashaun Gipson (39) reacts after making a stop against the Oakland Raiders during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Browns won 23-13. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports /
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Tashaun Gipson signed a deal this offseason to be the starting free safety for the Jacksonville Jaguars, which should yield major dividends in a revamped defense.

While major free agent additions Chris Ivory and Malik Jackson headline an impressive defensive depth chart overhaul, Tashaun Gipson’s name shouldn’t be forgotten.

Given his penchant for making big plays (13 interceptions in the last three seasons), Gipson’s name will likely be on many Jacksonville Jaguars’ fans minds through the 2016 season and beyond. He’s a game changing player at a critical position (one that has been terrible for the Jags in recent years) and can finally be on a winning team after languishing with the Cleveland Browns.

Head coach Gus Bradley seems to have turned him into a true believer. Gipson has quickly become an advocate for the Jags, saying on Sirius XM Radio:

"I know what it looks like when you’re changing an organization and you turn this thing around and you’ve got all those pieces in the right part"

The Jags are hoping that all the right pieces are, in fact, in place including Gipson.

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As Sam Robinson notes over at Pro Football Rumors,

it isn’t uncommon for players who were just paid to praise their team

, but coming from a guy like Gipson who has been on one of the worst NFL franchises in the past two decades it’s good to know that the Jags have a different feel and approach. It feels like being on a winning team according to Gipson.

That culture is critical for a young team becoming a success in the coming season. Gipson has seen a lack of structure, a lack of winning culture, and poor direction before.

The Jaguars have something that perennial losers like the Browns don’t have. It’s taken three long years to nurture the fledgling success into something recognizable. The rumors have constantly surrounded the Jags as they prepared for a season to break out.

Gipson is a believer and we all should be, too.

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