Jacksonville Jaguars 2019 season started long ago
By David Levin
Even before the New England Patriots hoisted yet another Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl 53, the Jacksonville Jaguars 2019 season had already started.
Even before the New England Patriots had finished off a 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl 53, the Jacksonville Jaguars had already put the 2018 season to bed. The franchise has been working on 2019 and beyond from the moment they lost in the finale to the Houston Texans, 20-3.
So much is riding on this coming year, with changes already made to the coaching staff and soon to be changes made to the roster, this organization from top to bottom must overcome its 5-11 record to find comfort in next year’s offseason.
If not, expect more changes, ones that will drastically affect the franchise.
The Jaguars most pressing issue is two-fold: injuries that decimated the roster and a quarterback situation that needs a complete overhaul. From the looks of things, the team will move away from Blake Bortles and seek a veteran through a trade or free agency this offseason.
There is plenty of chatter about Nick Foles right now, who has become a free agent. We do not know if the Philadelphia Eagles will use the franchise tag to then trade him, hopefully to this city and ignite a feeling of excitement once again.
The injuries are nothing the Jaguars can control, but a healthy dose of prayer for the coming season that Jacksonville does not endure the pains of months ago might be advised.
There is no crystal ball to predict what will happen next. Only Tom Coughlin, David Caldwell, and Doug Marrone now the answer to that question. Marrone, who has a new offensive coordinator on staff in John DeFilippo, knows his seat is warm already and a 5-11 record in 2019 is not acceptable.
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The same could be said for defensive coordinator Todd Wash, who endured the ebb and flow of a trying season.
If rumors are true that the Jaguars are interested in bringing Dom Capers in as a senior defensive assistant, that may change the dynamic of this unit and question Wash’s tenure with the organization.
At the mid-point of the season, Wash was a good bet to be fired much like his counterpart Nathaniel Hackett was during the year.
The most important thing the Jaguars must do this offseason, the thing Marrone and the front office must convey to the roster and organization is a change for the better. More accountability, more commitment to winning. A different culture in the locker room and most of all, a belief this team isn’t as far away from another winning year than some might think.
NFL free agency is five weeks away, the NFL Draft only a little over two months away. The roster will look plenty different in the coming weeks. We really don’t know who is staying and who will be released. But we do know it can only be viewed as a change for the better.
There is no magic elixir to fix this organization. Winning is contagious and makes everything better, or at least masks the issues at hand. The Jaguars already began making changes.
We all will have a chance to see if they make things better once the product gets out on the field and proves whether or not 2018 was the real face of this franchise or it was a speed bump on a road toward becoming one of the NFL’s elite.