Crowning the Jaguars after just 2 weeks was premature
Doug Pederson took over a team that had one of the weakest rosters in the NFL and he and general Trent Baalke made a lot of decisions this offseason that seemingly improved a lot of the team’s position groups. Together, the new regime brought in a significant number of new starters to the roster and while many of them are working out well some shuffling to the starting lineup should be expected throughout the year for reasons beyond injuries.
The team’s success early in the year now appears to be somewhat of a façade after dropping the last four games. Both the offense and the defense performed efficiently in those games, but both the Los Angeles Chargers and the Indianapolis Colts were dealing with some significant injuries that surely helped the Jaguars perform at such a high level. It is also possible that both of those teams overlooked the Jaguars because of their record in recent years.
At the end of the day, the guys the Jags put on the field beat theirs and that’s all that matters to get the wins. However, to believe they had arrived after those victories has proven to be premature.
The process continues and there is no telling how long it is going to take. The last four results were very disappointing for the team and fans but if there is any encouragement to take away it is that all of those games ended within a one-score margin. That seems to show that this team is not giving up each week, rather their lack of discipline in key moments has been the biggest detriment to this team. If the Jaguars can stay together and make the proper adjustments, they should be able to flip the script and get on the other side of those tight contests.