You might have heard that you sometimes have to hit rock bottom to realize how bad things really are. This old adage recently applied to the Jacksonville Jaguars. They cleaned house this offseason after going 1-15 last year. Had they won a few more games, they would have probably kept head coach Doug Marrone around and they wouldn’t have had a shot at drafting quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
Now, there’s nothing pleasant about losing. You will be hard-pressed to find a head coach or NFL player who is legitimately thrilled about being defeated. On the bright side, the Jags were able to clinch the first overall pick in this year’s draft because they were the worst team in the NFL.
Also, the organization is now aware of how dreadful it was and has made significant changes to the coaching staff and front office. They gave Marrone the pink slip and hired Urban Meyer to oversee the rebuild. Also, they promoted Trent Baalke to general manager after moving on from general manager Dave Caldwell, who was great at hoarding cap space and draft picks, but not particularly good at acquiring and retaining talent.
Meyer and Caldwell have done a good job of replenishing a roster that lacked playmakers last season. The cupboard wasn’t fully bare but it wasn’t stocked either. The Jaguars have had a few misses but they are in good shape and trending in the right direction. Nevertheless, there is still plenty of work to do and the team’s brass must answer these five questions in training camp.