It is up to the Jacksonville Jaguars coaching staff to make this roster a better team in 2020.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have the second-youngest roster in the NFL heading into the 2020 season. It might be one of the underrated stories of the year as the coaching staff must take a roster that is less experienced and mold it into a contender.
You can come up with all the clichés you want, look at position groups, and weigh them against other teams in the AFC South or the NFL. The fact is, the Jacksonville Jaguars created a new blueprint of how the organization wants to build a winning culture.
It began with eliminating older, high-priced veterans and bringing in younger players who are athletic, stronger, and faster and hopefully hungry to prove everyone who is doubting this organization wrong.
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Jacksonville’s fanbase is hoping for the same thing. This is a season that has already faced swift twists and turns and figures to suffer some weaknesses because of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic just like every other major sport, worldwide.
There is reason to believe in the Jacksonville Jaguars. The roster does look better on paper in certain sections of the offense and defense. The offensive coaching staff has a new leader in Jay Gruden. Keenan McCardell, the team’s wide receivers coach has a young group with added size and speed.
The concerns with the offensive line are still there as the team did not do much to help stock the roster with new talent, but will rely on the same schemes under George Warhop and hope the shuffling of players across the line and the addition of rookie Ben Bartch will be impactful.
The same goes for the tight ends, where the addition of Tyler Eifert is a huge addition to the room and the health of James O’Shaughnessy and Josh Oliver will be closely watched.
While the improvement by the players from last season and the new players added in free agency and the NFL is vital, it is just as important for this staff under head coach Doug Marrone to show they have improved as well.
As it has been stated Marrone and general manager David Caldwell is under a microscope this season, having to turn around the team’s fortunes to remain here in Jacksonville past the 2020 season. A lot of the change and expectation are also on this coaching staff and organization to do the same thing. An argument can be made coaches who returned this season should have been let go, especially Warhop and defensive coordinator Todd Wash.
If the coaching staff can make their necessary changes to their position rooms and the players respond convincingly, this could be a better year for the Jacksonville Jaguars than many had hoped for.