Can these five bold predictions for the 2020 NFL season help the Jacksonville Jaguars turn their fortunes around?
We really aren’t sure what is going to happen to the Jacksonville Jaguars over the next few months.
But again, we have heard this one before. There is pressure on general manager David Caldwell to sign players in free agency, add puzzle pieces in the NFL Draft and retain veterans who are needed to make all these changes work.
We have known this for the past two seasons.
What we have here is a team walking a long path of a very short ledge. Time is running out, fans are impatient and frankly, the media had hoped there would be changes to write about as a fresh way to start the new year.
As Brian Sexton of Jaguars.com wrote, these changes that are needed may not happen on time. They still may be a year away from making an impact.
"“The salary cap is going to have to be serviced this spring and that means high-priced veterans will leave in favor of less-expensive, less-experienced players,” he writes. Even if [Quarterback Gardner] Minshew takes a big jump in his second season, the defense likely will go backward while they figure things out.”"
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That is not what any fan wants to hear, especially after there was upheaval with the decision to keep both Marrone and Caldwell for at least one more season as the front men for this organization.
The defense looked wilted last season and may need the most attention this offseason.
"“It’s not a total rebuild, but it’s not a quick fix unless something unexpected happens,” Sexton added. “They have the draft capital but not cap room. That leans toward a more patient approach, which to my way of thinking is the right way to attack this challenge.”"
This will be the most challenging offseason in the history of the franchise, but it is not a write-off by any means. If there is to change and success, these bold predictions have to happen.