Will the Jacksonville Jaguars improve on a wildly successful 2017 campaign next season?
The Jacksonville Jaguars took the league by storm last season, claiming the team’s first ever AFC South title, and fighting all the way to the AFC Championship game. Behind a monstrous defense and a bullying run game, the Jaguars were just a handful of plays away from playing for a Super Bowl title.
But after that run in 2017, the question now heading into the 2018 season has become, “was that just an outlier or is that who Jacksonville is now?”.
On NFL Network’s popular morning show, ‘Good Morning Football’, the panel was asked to predict whether the Jaguars would win more or less games next season, and the results were mixed. Peter Schrager and Kyle Brandt both say Jacksonville is winning less games, while Nate Burleson puts his hat in the ring that the team will improve on a 10 win 2017 season.
It’s surprising to hear that Schrager has the Jaguars down for less wins in 2018. As of just a matter of weeks ago, also on GMFB, the analyst named Jacksonville as the biggest threat to the New England Patriots in the AFC.
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Obviously, the NFL draft hadn’t occurred yet, but did that much change since the draft to change Schrager’s opinion on the team? Especially considering Schrager’s knock on the team’s chances next season is the strength of the division, specifically the return of Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt for the Houston Texans, and Andrew Luck potentially for the Indianapolis Colts. The returning of those players has certainly not been a new development, so using that as a strike against Jacksonville now seems odd.
Nate Burleson, the lone pick for more wins, states that the Jaguars are a “talented young team” and “one of the best in the business”, and sees the team as just getting started in terms of success.
I personally have to side with Burleson on this issue. Yes, Jacksonville will not be surprising anyone this season now that it’s been seen what this team can do. And yes, the division will be much improved next season. But the defense is back in almost full capacity, and perhaps even stronger after the draft, and with the additions of Andrew Norwell and D.J. Chark, the offense will only improve in 2018.
What do you think, more or less than 10 wins for the Jacksonville Jaguars next season?