The Jaguars had a soap opera season. It’s time to look to the future. Is their future bright or dim? You, the fan, can decide.
While reading some Jacksonville Jaguars social media posts this morning it seemed that the negatives far outweighed the positives moving forward with this organization. But is this really true? There are many aspects of the team that need work but there are some bright spots as well.
The futures of both head coach Doug Marrone and general manager David Caldwell were decided on Tuesday on team owner Shad Khan announced both of them would be back in 2020. Although Khan said he did not feel it was the right time to make changes to the front office personnel, he did say there must be improvements in the season ahead.
The fan base wasn’t as receptive to the lack of change within the building. Hopefully, winning will help ease the disappointment of the potential of more stagnation and losses in 2020.
In terms of the future and where the Jaguars stand, here are a few things to consider.
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The Jaguars glass half full because
1. The kicking game and special teams are among the best in the NFL. This aspect of the team is often underrated. Both kicker Josh Lambo and punter Logan Cooke are some of the best at what they do.
2. The Jaguars have two draft picks in the first round. With the ninth and 20th picks, the team should be able to help their defense or add more weapons on offense. Jacksonville also has the 42nd pick in Round 2.
4. The team has three great edge rushers on the team in Josh Allen, Calais Campbell, and Yannick Nagakoue. They should be able to keep at least two. Caldwell told the media on Tuesday that signing Ngakoue to a new deal was the team’s top priority.
6. The Black and Teal drafted another possible all-pro in right tackle Jawaan Taylor.
"As John Shipley of Sports Illustrated wrote, “The team knew they go lucky with Taylor falling to them…..he has played every single offensive snap.”"
Despite his penalty issues, he is considered a very important building block for the future.
The Jaguars glass half empty because
1. The secondary and linebacking corps is very young and were often painful to watch this season. The Jaguars need help and experience here.
2. The wide receiving corps was lacking talent beyond Chark and possibly Chris Conley. Dede Westbrook was solid in the slot but did not have the same season he did in 2018. They had a revolving door at tight end and the wide receivers had difficulty separating from defenders.
3. The offensive line had problems all season and the guard position has been very disappointing. Most pundits feel that Andrew Norwell has not lived up to his large contract and A.J. Cann has been sharing time with Will Richardson. A change is needed.
4. The Jaguars don’t have another running back to spell Fournette. He is a three-down back but it would help the team to have a back with a different running style as a change of pace. Rookie Ryquell Armstead needs more carries as well.
5. The team had a very difficult time stopping the run. That problem became a nightmare after Marcell Dareus was placed on injured reserve. Yes, Taven Bryan improved but we need a talented defensive tackle to clog up the middle.
6. There were obvious coaching issues. Adjustments were not made when the game plan didn’t work. It seemed as though the players available didn’t fit the system the coaches wanted to use. This disconnect was obvious on both offense and defense.
So, this team’s glass half-full or half-empty? You decide.