4 reasons for Jaguars fans to remain optimistic amid all the losing in 2021

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Linebacker Josh Allen (41) of the Jacksonville Jaguars, November 7, 2021. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union] /

The Jacksonville Jaguars started yet another rebuild this year. While it’s perfectly normal to feel frustrated after so many failed attempts, the organization is showing a willingness to get it right. After all, the previous coaching staff didn’t win many games, and even though the new one isn’t off to a great start, it’s too early to pass judgment. You could even make the case they should get an incomplete grade.

After all, head coach Urban Meyer and general manager Trent Baalke took over a team that had mustered just 12 wins in the previous three seasons. Sure, Meyer’s shenanigans are well-documented, and has made several mistakes during his short stint in Jacksonville. Nevertheless, the Jaguars are in better shape than they were at this point last year.

In fact, there are four reasons for Jaguars fans to remain optimistic.

1. The Jaguars’ defense has the potential to be a top unit.

Last offseason, the Jaguars failed to make any meaningful additions in free agency. They changed their approach this year and signed several free agents, including cornerback Shaquill Griffin, nickel/safety Rudy Ford, safety Rayshawn Jenkins, and defensive lineman Roy Robertson-Harris. All of them have been part of the Jags’ defensive resurgence on defense.

The Jaguars aren’t a defensive juggernaut and rank 25th in points allowed ahead of Week 12 but they have enough pieces in place to become a top unit sooner rather than later. They have one of the best pass rushers in the NFL in Josh Allen and rookie Tyson Campbell has improved a lot. If the front office keeps acquiring talent next offseason, Jacksonville has the potential to field a top defense in 2022.