The Jacksonville Jaguars have one more game left in their tank for 2020.
Get it? Because the Jaguars seemed to confirm that they are in fact tanking this week ahead of their match-up against the Chicago Bears. While owner Shad Khan and head coach Doug Marrone made every effort to put the tanking conversations to rest, this week they seemed to confirm it.
Jacksonville earned the number one overall pick last week thanks to the New York Jets’ win over the Los Angeles Rams and needed to make sure that they stayed in that position. They rested their star running back James Robinson and decided to start Mike Glennon over Gardner Minshew.
Starting Glennon over Minshew may not exactly mean that the team is tanking to some but Minshew has easily given the Jaguars their best chance when he starts.
Jaguars tank for a franchise quarterback.
The Jaguars needed to lose their game against the Bears and the Jets, who hold the number two overall pick, needed to beat the Cleveland Browns. And that’s exactly what happened in Week 16. Jacksonville lost their 14th straight game on the season but clinched the number one overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. They may have lost, but they also found a way to win.
The Jaguars now get their choice of any player in this draft and are expected to draft quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who seems to be the consensus best quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Jacksonville’s struggles go beyond the position of quarterback. But drafting a star prospect like Lawrence, who has so much potential and room to grow, will go a long way for a team who is struggling as bad as the Jaguars are. It will all ultimately depend on the new coaching staff and front office management to turn this franchise around. The new general manager will have a tough task to build a supporting cast around Lawrence but they certainly have the draft capital to do so.