Jacksonville Jaguars Offseason: The bold predictions
Now that the Jacksonville Jaguars have moved on from the regular season and see 2019 on the horizon, what three things should happen this offseason?
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone has vowed to change the culture of the team’s locker room for the 2019 season. He knows there is a lot of work to be done.
When Marrone met with the media on Monday for the last time until next season, he talked about how he and the coaching staff have to do a better job with the players. It’s something he has talked about most of this 5-11 season. Everything starts with communication.
"“It’s the foundation [that has to change] and where I have made mistakes and there were cracks in it,” Marrone said.“You see things that happened on the field, you know that you’ve spoken about it and it just doesn’t resonate for whatever reason. I have always put that on myself. For me, you know the message that you want to deliver, but you better make sure … I have to do a better job of how I deliver it to make sure that it resonates, and that’s how you build the culture.”"
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There are a myriad of issues the franchise faces going into the 2019 season. Given that Marrone, general manager David Caldwell and executive vice-president Tom Coughlin will be back for another attempt at reaching the Super Bowl, these changes fall on them.
The Jaguars must find a starting quarterback, solidify the run game, locate a game-breaking wide receiver and make changes on the offensive line. Those are the issues on offense. The defense, for the most part, is viable but needs to get back to its 2017 form.
Hopefully the plan the trio of leaders in the front office will reaffirm their committment to owner Shad Khan and get back to winning football in 2019. Here are three bold predictions for 2019.
Leonard Fournette is traded on Draft Night – This might get done before the Draft. The Jaguars are currently in the seventh slot in the NFL Draft and are in desperate need of a quarterback. The New York Giants pick one spot ahead of them and are looking for Eli Manning’s eventual replacement.
Would Coughlin, who won two Super Bowls with Manning, leap over his former team to grab Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins? Dangling the seventh pick and Leonard Fournette could be an attractive offer to teams looking to trade down.
For some reason, I see the Jaguars possibly signing a running back in free agency [Latavius Murray] and trading Fournette to the New York Jets for the third overall pick to grab their signal caller of the future.
Jalen Ramsey gets a new deal – This is one of those under-the-radar big deals the Jaguars must get done. While Jalen Ramsey has one more year on his rookie deal and the team will pick up his fifth-year option, getting him inked to a large deal is paramount for the defense.
The same thing could be said for Yannick Ngakoue.
"“Like I said, I’m going to let my agent and the front office handle that, but after what came out here, what was it five weeks ago or however many weeks ago it was, yeah I’m feeling like yeah, if y’all serious about that [a potential trade] not being real, then y’all need to make it happen,” Ramsey said when he talked to the media last month. “If not, then maybe what came out five weeks ago will happen. We’ll see.”"
If the Jaguars sign him to a long-term deal, make him an Ed Reed-type of player and build the defense around him, then there is a good chance Jacksonville can be a playoff contender for years to come.
Jaguars sign Randall Cobb – The Jaguars need to make a splash in free agency and need help on the outside. Randall Cobb was a target of this team before. Why not see if they can sign him to a deal.
The 29-year-old Cobb had the benefit of Aaron Rodgers throwing him passes, but with Devante Adams evolving into a big-time pass catcher. The former Kentucky Wildcat played in only nine games this season and caught 38 balls.
Whoever the Jaguars open the season with at quarterback should feel secure knowing there is a veteran pass catcher on the outside or in the slot on the field with him. It’s possible Cobb could be a $10-million receiver in 2019, but he would be well worth the cost.