Jaguars plan for 2021 success:
The first step in the Jaguars rebuild is to hire a completely new coaching staff. There’s no way they can retain anyone after the performance they have had this season. Go after an experienced play-caller in Eric Bieniemy or Brian Daboll or take the chance and hire someone who is as young and creative as Joe Brady as head coach.
Next comes free agency, which isn’t that exciting this year for the NFL but there plenty of names to watch for. The Jaguars’ biggest needs are quarterback, offensive line, and defensive line.
Players like Trent Williams, Bud Dupree, and Shaquil Barrett I expect to be hard to land, as they will probably re-sign with their respective teams.
The Jaguars could really use help at offensive tackle and how they play their cards in free agency will depend on if they re-sign Cam Robinson or not. Even if they did retain Robinson, they should go after a veteran like Pittsburgh Steelers left tackle Alejandro Villanueva, who has been the blindside protector of Ben Roethlisberger for the past six years.
Jacksonville also needs to go out and get a tight end in either free agency, the draft, or both. Hunter Henry, Jacob Hollister, and Gerald Everett are all talented young players who can make a difference at the tight end position for the Jaguars. Kyle Pitts and Pat Freiermuth are two of the top tight end prospects in the draft. I wouldn’t expect Pitts to be available by the time the Jaguars are on the clock for the second time in the first round and they won’t take him number one overall. So Freiermuth and Brevin Jordan have to be on the Jags’ radar.
The Jaguars also need a lot of help on the defensive line. This is where they can add some veteran presence in free agency and then go out and grab a few players in the draft. An interior guy like DaQuan Jones and an edge rusher like Leonard Williams would go a long way.
And the part most fans want to discuss is drafting a quarterback. It’s basically a given that Jacksonville will draft a quarterback with their number one pick and best guess is it will be Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence who will lead the team in the future.
Biggest Takeaways for the Jaguars:
It’s going to be a long but crucial offseason in Jacksonville. The front office, coaching staff, and roster will see drastic changes. By the time the 2021 season starts, they will have a new general manager, head coach (presumably), offensive coordinator, and defensive coordinator.
The biggest keys to victory for a successful offseason will ultimately be decided by the roster additions. Get a quarterback early, secure offensive linemen, bulk up the defensive line and pass rush, and sprinkle a few playmakers around at tight end, wide receiver, and in the secondary.