5 Reasons Why the Jaguars are better in 2019
It’s still early in training camp, but you can see the difference in the Jaguars from last season and the one on the field in 2019.
Another year, another team in place for the Jacksonville Jaguars 2019 season. But what makes this team better than the 2018 team that went 5-11? Some things are obvious, but there are a few things this team does better than they did just 12 months ago. Jaguars fan should be thrilled about what this could do on the football field.
There are only a few days left until the season starts. The city of Jacksonville is ready to see what this roster can do to erase the nightmare of last year. The franchise hopes to make another playoff push with new faces on this roster. All that is left is the start of the 25th anniversary of the team’s existence in the NFL.
Here are five things that make the Jaguars better in 2019.
Nick Foles – Jacksonville now has a competent quarterback. It’s as simple as that. Nick Foles brings playoff and championship experience to a team in desperate need for a leader. Jacksonville lost six games by a touchdown or less in 2018.
Having Foles in any of those games could have meant a victory and a different story written by this franchise.
Foles can open up the Jaguars’ offense, expanding on the talent of these young receivers. This also allows Leonard Fournette to become an even more dangerous weapon in the passing game along with his tough running style.
Lastly, Foles keeps the defense on the sideline more, giving them a breather when it’s needed. Having Foles in a Jaguars uniform changed every aspect of the team, in a good way.
A Humbled Team – The Jaguars rolled into the 2018 season coming off an appearance in the AFC Conference Championship, expecting a repeat performance and much more. Instead, the team got punched in the mouth and never recovered.
With low expectations from the national media, Jacksonville has the chance to prove many of them wrong and show they’ve matured and improved from their disastrous 2018 season.
A Healthy and Focused Leonard Fournette – Leonard Fournette was full of controversy during the 2018 season, missing a significant chunk of time due to a hamstring injury, then being suspended for a fight against multiple players on the Buffalo Bills.
But after getting his body right in Wyoming during the offseason, Fournette is back with winning on his mind. With Fournette’s body and mind right, he can return to his rookie season form — or even better — when he rushed for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns.
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One thing is certain – Jacksonville needs their star running back healthy to reach their full potential.
Respect – The past two offseasons for Jaguars players were grueling with difficult practices at hard times. But head coach Doug Marrone took notice and changed that for the health of his players.
"Fournette spoke of the changes to the media, adding “I think he took heed to that and really listened to us and took the time to really fix our camp schedule. It’s up to the leaders to make sure we follow what he wants, get them in line and get them intact. Whatever he demands, you must repeat to all the players and expect it to be done.”"
It’s things like what Marrone did to earn the respect of the players, especially when the season enters its waning games. For an NFL team to be successful, the coaching staff and players must value and respect each other.
Did I mention Nick Foles? – This isn’t a typo, Nick Foles is on the list again. Nick Foles donning the black and teal truly is a significant upgrade for the team that changes their season outlook. Many players have already advocated for Foles, including Jalen Ramsey, who talked about his quarterback with the media in training camp.
"“I’ve been impressed with Nick. He’s making us better. Excuse my language, but he’s making us be on our [expletive] a little bit sooner than we have previously had to – and that’s good.”"
Foles brings leadership, excellent play, knowledge and clutchness to the Jaguars, his benefit for being on the team cannot be understated. Just watch this season, and be grateful to have Nick Foles on your team even when he makes the simplest of passes.