Coaching matters in the NFL and so does having access to the best resources available. That’s why the Jacksonville Jaguars fired Doug Marrone and hired Urban Meyer as their head coach this offseason. The Ohio native is barely going to make his debut in the pros. Nevertheless, he’s got plenty of experience at the collegiate level, where he won three FBS National Championships. Also, he is one of the most winningest coaches in college history.
It looks like the Jags got their coaching hire right, as Meyer has made several decisions that should benefit the organization. However, that’s just one part of the equation. A team needs talent if they want to win games consistently. Look at last year’s Super Bowl champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They were loaded at most position groups and had their fair share of Pro Bowl and All-Pro talent on both offense and defense.
Even though the Jaguars are currently far from being a Super Bowl contender, they have spent the offseason upgrading their roster. They added a few playmakers and brought back key contributors during the free agency period. Then, acquired several players that should be part of the organization’s long-term future in 2021’s draft. This infusion of talent has led to a logjam in some units and players that could have a clear path to the starting lineup under different circumstances will have to play a complementary role instead.
Here are three Jaguars backups that could start and shine if they were on a different team.