What’s the Jacksonville Jaguars plan for the remainder of the season?
After ten weeks of NFL football, the Jacksonville Jaguars find themselves in a peculiar place. They currently hold a 1-8 record and are all but mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. Although they have kept things interesting in recent weeks, the reality is that losing out in order to draft a franchise quarterback may be the best course of action for this organization in the long run.
If you follow this team, you know tanking has been a major talking point when it comes to the Jaguars all season. On the other hand, it is an extremely tough concept for any fan to wrap their head around.
Who wants their team to go out and lose each week? No victory beer, no bragging rights over your friends when your team beats theirs and there’s nothing to be excited about when you walk into the office on Monday. We get it.
However, now on the down-slope of the season and last in the division standings with one of the toughest remaining schedules, the writing is clearly on the wall for the Jaguars. It’s okay, let it out. At this point in the season, it’s highly unlikely this team will make a last-minute playoff push it just doesn’t have it yet, so it makes sense to start planning for the future.
There’s hope for these Jacksonville Jaguars.
Do not fear though, this pain will not go unnoticed or unrewarded. The ‘Jags’ are in a prime position to acquire a franchise quarterback and no, Gardner Minshew II nor Jake Luton aren’t the answer. This Jacksonville team is set to hold the second overall selection in 2021’draft and they could use it to select Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields
Fields has already shown why he is considered a top-two pick in 2020. In just three games in 2020, he has thrown 11 touchdowns. That alone is pretty impressive, but that is the same amount of incompletions he has on the entire season as well. He has the size, strength, and athletic ability to be a franchise quarterback for years to come.
The Jacksonville Jaguars has some young exciting talent.
Even though the Jaguars have struggled all season, there are some enticing pieces to work with. The offense has a solid amount of playmakers with undrafted rookie James Robinson leading the way. Their defense isn’t devoid of talent either and there are some pieces, such as Myles Jack and DaVon Hamilton, to build on.
With 11 draft picks and set to have $81.99 million in cap space in 2021, the Jaguars have pieces in place to turn things around in a hurry. Now, you need the right people in place making those picks and spending that money, but that’s a story for another day. Regardless of who’s in charge, the potential for this team remains, and a franchise quarterback makes the biggest singular difference in this sport.
In today’s day and age, quarterbacks are also bursting onto the scene faster and better than they ever have. Lamar Jackson, Kyler Murray, Joe Burrow, Justin Herbert, and Tua Tagoviloa are all playing at an extremely high level early in their careers. The organizations that drafted them took a chance in the first round and are reaping the rewards for doing so.
Losing out will never be something players and coaches will intentionally do. It’s not in their DNA, and it will never happen. But it is something fans and media alike can understand and even get behind. The final seven games may be a long few months, but just know there will be a light at the end of this dark tunnel.