Are the Jacksonville Jaguars really the worst offensive team in the NFL heading into the 2020 season?
Where would you rank the Jacksonville Jaguars in terms of offensive talent for the upcoming season? Not many analysts are giving this team much of a chance at moving up the NFL ladder of teams that scare opponents coming out of the tunnel.
As is the case with an offense that scored a meager 18.8 points a game last season, the Jacksonville Jaguars are in a “show me” season as Jay Gruden takes the reins of this group. After the 2019 season when most of us thought John DeFilippo would cure whatever illness the running and passing game had in 2018, the same message was clear.
The Jacksonville Jaguars need more weapons and need to do more scoring in the red zone in 2020.
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Take away the loss of Nick Foles from the start of 2019, mainly because we will never know if he would have played a full season of injury-free football with the team’s offensive line. Gardner Minshew produced admirably for a rookie thrown to the fire and asked to win on the fly. Those six wins were as impressive as any season in team history given how bad this team played over stretches last year.
Now comes the hard part of another offensive installation and a new direction – one that Jay Gruden must take command of and prove his West Coast offense can save the Jaguars from falling into the NFL abyss this season.
"“The offense is now under the guidance of Jay Gruden. There’s exciting second-year quarterback Gardner Minshew, who showed promise last year but also struggled at times with fumbilitis,” Russell Baxter of FanSided.com writes."
“The team has a potential star in wideout D.J. Chark while talented running back Leonard Fournette led the Jaguars in rushing and receptions this past year.”
Baxter has the Jaguars dead last in the NFL in his offensive rankings. It might not be where I would rank them, but it’s close. There are too many questions the team must sort out first to become a more efficient cast. Gruden had success as a coordinator in Cincinnati with the Bengals and in Washington before he was fired as the Redskins head coach.
Now, the pressure is on to prove he can work wonders in Jacksonville.
The biggest challenge for this offense may have to do with how the defense plays this season. If the players on the other side of the ball cannot stop their opponents from scoring, is there enough firepower in this passing game to win a shootout? The Jaguars don’t look like a team that can win by moving up and down the field at will.
Another part of the change on offense analysts must consider is how Gruden and head coach Doug Marrone will use his new playmakers (Laviska Shenault, Tyler Eifert) effectively so the team is able to spread the field in short and intermediate passing situations.