5 potential Jacksonville Jaguars scapegoats if things go wrong in 2022

A fan of the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field (Photo by Harry Aaron/Getty Images)
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The Jacksonville Jaguars are coming off a 3-14 campaign and they’ve won more than six games just once in the last 11 years, so it’s fair to say that nobody will bat an eye if they miss the playoffs in 2022. On the other hand, the Jags are set to make significant strides and probably double their win totals from last season.

But what if the Jaguars are stuck in neutral or take a step back in 2022? Who will be to blame? Here are five potential scapegoats if things go wrong for Jacksonville this upcoming season.

No. 5 Jaguars potential scapegoat if things go wrong: OLB Josh Allen

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Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Josh Allen (41) at TIAA Bank Field (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Jaguars showed they see outside linebacker Josh Allen as an important piece of the puzzle when they picked up the fifth-year option on his rookie deal this offseason. The former Kentucky Wildcat now needs to prove that their trust in him isn’t misplaced.

Allen had 10.5 sacks as a rookie but only a combined ten the last two years. He’s still the same talented player he was coming out of college but he’s been dealt a tough hand. Back in 2020, he suffered a knee injury that limited him to eight years. He was supposed to bounce back last season and he kind of did. He was dominant at times but he wasn’t nearly as consistent as the Jaguars would’ve liked.

There’s a new coaching staff in place and without Urban Meyer holding the team back, Allen will be expected to lead the defense in 2022. If they struggle to get to the quarterback or have a hard time stopping opposing teams, the 2019 first-round pick will be under a lot of scrutiny.