How different will the Jacksonville Jaguars look on offense this coming season?
It might night be “Air Coryell” or the “Fun and Gun” but the Jacksonville Jaguars offense could be quite entertaining this coming season.
As the changes to the offense are in place and Jay Gruden continues to install his own brand of the passing game in Jacksonville, I still get the sense the problems that existed last season – incompetence in the red zone and a lack of a rushing presence at the goal line – will be repaired. And while Gruden is at it, making sure that second-year quarterback Gardner Minshew is given more time in the pocket is one of the biggest challenges of this team.
But, all these issues from last season can be overcome with patience and guidance. There are other components to this offense that are taking shape, as Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com writes.
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"“If they’re going to have any chance at all of competing for the AFC South title in 2020, they’re going to have to figure out how to be more of the latter with pretty much the same personnel, plus a couple of key additions in tight end Tyler Eifert and running back Chris Thompson,” he points out."
Those two free agent moves alone make me more confident in the direction the team is moving. Healthy tight ends are also a plus and a commitment to finding more weapons in the passing game was addressed when the team drafted Laviska Shenault in the second round out of Colorado.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have enough talent to make it interesting this season. Gruden, head coach Doug Marrone and the remainder of the coaching staff now need to pull it all together to see if the keys to this race car will move at top speed.
Looking at the offensive roster from top to bottom, the team is better at every position with the exception of possibly the offensive line. There should be more explosive plays this coming year. The tight ends should be more involved – provided they stay healthy. And if there is one thing the team had last season that should get even better is the connection between Minshew and DJ Chark.
"“The Jaguars didn’t draft a quarterback until the sixth round, though there were rumors the team wanted to trade up into the top five,” DiRocco added. “They passed on Jameis Winston and Cam Newton, and didn’t sign a veteran to replace Foles until May 8, so it’s clearly Minshew’s team.“The feeling is he’ll be a good fit in Gruden’s offense. This is his chance to prove he can be the team’s long-term starter.”"
Gruden’s arrival is a big get for the Jaguars and Marrone. The offense will be heavily scrutinized this coming season. It will go as far as Gruden can take it. The need additions in the passing and running game should make this a more potent team.
How far the offense will go still rides on the arm of Minshew and the offensive line. If they are much better this season, this could be an exciting team to watch, regardless of how many games the Jacksonville Jaguars win this season.