2020 season was a reset for the Jacksonville Jaguars — 2021 is the future

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. #10 and Indianapolis Colts OL Darius Leonard #53 (Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports)
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. #10 and Indianapolis Colts OL Darius Leonard #53 (Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Jacksonville Jaguars finished the 2020 season with a record of 1-15.

The Jacksonville Jaguars 2020 season was meant to be a reset for the franchise. Senior correspondent for the Jaguars, Brian Sexton, said it himself in an article on the Jaguars official team site.

Early last year, about a month after the previous season concluded, owner Shad Khan openly accepted the idea that the team may have to start over if they wanted to return to their 2017 form, where they were one game away from a Super Bowl appearance.

Jacksonville felt confident that the reset could get them back there. By trading away players like Jalen Ramsey, Calais Campbell, Yannick Ngakoue, and Nick Foles, the Jaguars were left with a young roster full of potential, cleared salary cap space, and ultimate draft capital.

The curious part of this is— did they purposely tank to put themselves in the situation to draft Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence? The Jaguars went 10-6 in 2017 and reached the AFC Championship game. In 2018, they went 5-11— the same year Trevor Lawrence led the Clemson Tigers to an undefeated record and National Championship title.

Lawrence, a five-star prospect, has been on everyone’s radar ever since he was in high school. The Jaguars knew that this could be the year they could land their potential franchise quarterback.

"“They knew they didn’t have a franchise quarterback, and we all knew then this was to be the Trevor Lawrence Draft. Absorbing losses this season would be tough week to week, but the long-term gain would much greater than the short-term pain.” – Brian Sexton, Jaguars Senior Correspondent"

While most only have Lawrence on their minds, there are plenty of other reasons why 2021 is the future for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Jaguars can look forward to a busy 2021.

While watching Jacksonville drop 15 straight games is rough, there really is a light at the end of the tunnel for this franchise in 2021. The new year will bring the Jaguars a fresh start.

Not only are they in the position to draft Trevor Lawrence, but Jacksonville is also expected to make a run at former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer for their open head coaching position.

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Jacksonville will also have a new face at general manager after firing Dave Caldwell following their week 12 loss to the Cleveland Browns. Hiring a new head coach and general manager is completely nerve-racking but if Jacksonville can make the right hires, the potential of this team is incredibly promising in 2021. They have all the draft capital in the world and can continue to add veteran depth in the upcoming free agency period.