The Jacksonville Jaguars haven’t had a good season regardless of the metric you want to use. Following the firing of general manager Dave Caldwell the organization is starting fresh and trying to build this team up from the bottom in order to be competitive in the coming years.
However, there are a lot of things they need to do in order to get to that point and there are plenty of pieces they must add before that happens. While a franchise quarterback is obviously the number one point of emphasis, it would be foolish to think Justin Fields, Trevor Lawrence, or Zach Wilson will immediately have success with Jacksonville’s current roster.
So, where do the Jaguars need help at the most? Quarterback is their clearest need. Barring the biggest bonehead move in franchise history, the new regime will select a top-notch signal-caller with the second overall pick in the 2021 draft. These are their biggest roster needs besides quarterback.
This may be a bit surprising coming in at two, but a stout pass rush can hide a lot of flaws in a defense. If you’re able to pressure opposing quarterbacks quickly and consistently it immediately limits what an offense can do and allows a defense to gameplan for quicker throws.
The Jags have the opposite of that right now. They rank 29th in the league with only 15 total sacks, and to be honest, they lucked into four or five of them.
They must give defensive end Josh Allen some help chasing down quarterbacks. Rookie K’Lavon Chaisson is not in the right position and needs much more time to develop. The Jags have to be able to apply pressure upfront to help their young (and often injured) secondary.