With the NFL Combine in the books, a lot of teams are starting to plan how they are going to handle the 2023 NFL Draft. The Jacksonville Jaguars are one of the teams looking to take a big step towards a Super Bowl during this upcoming off-season into training camp.
Trent Baalke is the guy who is going to lead the way. Things weren’t always good for Trent or the Jaguars as a whole as they have been one of the laughingstock teams in NFL history. Now, the tides are starting to turn.
John Shipley, who does a wonderful job of reporting on the Jaguars for Jaguar Report, was at the combine and he reported something that is going to make fans very happy.
He said that he asked around while he was at the combine and it seems as if Trent Baalke is gaining lots of respect around the league. This is outstanding news because it could have gone very badly after the Urban Meyer disaster.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are in good hands with Trent Baalke going into 2023.
Now, after this great season under Doug Pederson, things are starting to change. With Trevor Lawrence developing as well, it is easy to see this ship start to turn around. Having a respected general manager can go a long way in helping.
This is a quick turnaround for Baalke. The 2022 season, Lawrence’s rookie year, was one of the most disappointing seasons in the history of the league. It looked like they were going to ruin this potentially generational talent while losing every game he ever starts.
There is still a negative stigma around the Jaguars that only multiple straight years of winning can shake. Now, it is on Baalke to continue to grow this franchise into a perennial playoff contender. With the way that the AFC South is heading, it shouldn’t be that hard.
What is it that Baalke did to turn his reputation around? Well, of course, besides hiring Doug Pederson and seeing Trevor Lawrence take a huge step.
He had an outstanding draft and made some great free-agent signings that helped his team. This upcoming off-season is big for him again as well. Becoming the first-ever Jacksonville Jaguars GM to win a Super Bowl would make him a legend which is a far cry from where he was in 2022.