2. The Jaguars must avoid slow starts this upcoming season
Gone are the days when you could give a running back 30 carries, make enough stops on defense and expect to win many games. Today’s NFL built is to pass and gain yards in big chunks. The Jaguars need to build their offense around these principles, which shouldn’t be difficult due to the presence of Trevor Lawrence and a wide array of offensive weapons, which wasn’t the case last season.
As talented as Lawrence was coming into the pros, he was bound to experience a learning curve in his rookie year. The game plan and the lack of playmakers didn’t help his cause, which is something the team’s brass has corrected this offseason. Last year, the Jags’ offense struggled to move the ball and score points, which in turn put the burden on the defense to win games. That’s not a feasible strategy to win games.
The Jaguars’ defense was better than their offensive counterpart in 2021 but there’s only so much they could do, as they spent plenty of time on the field due to their inability to move the chains. Even though Jacksonville was able to stay competitive and keep up with their opponents in a few matchups, they trailed behind early in the game more often than not and the outcome was pretty much decided by the third quarter.
While nobody expects the Jags to turn into the Greatest Show on Turf 2.0, they should be able to score faster and set the tone more often in 2022.