Now that the 2019 season is over and the focus has shifted to next season, which players must step up for the Jaguars in 2020?
As John Oehser of Jaguars.com wrote, players on the Jaguars roster clearly wanted to play for head coach Doug Marrone and made their feelings known before team owner Shad Khan decided to bring him back for another season.
While the passion the players showed for their leader was admirable and genuine, the men in the locker room must now do something for the man they wanted around next season – win more football games and play more consistent football.
It was part of a mantra that the local media heard almost on a weekly basis, how Marrone needed to do a better job of preparing his troops for games and keeping the coaching staff accountable for their work. Now, with another reprieve from a pink slip, this is the time for everyone on the building in TIAA Bank Field to put their nose to the grindstone and figure out a way to win.
“Jaguars players clearly wanted Marrone to stay near season’s end, with players speaking highly of him throughout the final two weeks,” Oehser wrote. “Khan met with multiple players one on one Monday, which he mentioned in his statement this week. Perhaps their feelings for Marrone played into Khan’s decision. Either way, Sunday’s performance (the 38-20 win over Indianapolis in the final game of the season) was one of a team that believed in its coach.”
Seeing is believing in football. Wins take care of a lot of issues and losing forces everyone to take a look in the mirror and assess what they see.
The offense for the Jaguars averaged just 18.8 points a game, 26th overall in the NFL. The running game suffered as well and was 17th in the league in yards per game. The passing game, which was mostly played at the pace of a gunslinging rookie, was 16th in the NFL.
There is plenty to build on next season, but in order for things to get better, these three players must perform better in 2020.