The Jacksonville Jaguars got off to the wrong foot to start the second half of the 2023 season, losing to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 10. Although they still hold the No. 3 seed in the AFC and remain in first place in the division, they've shown they have lots of room for improvement.
Some of the issues the Jags are currently dealing with lie in execution. On the other hand, there are a handful of personnel moves that are affecting their on-field performance. Here are three they should be regretting right now.
3. The Jacksonville Jaguars didn't aggressively pursue Danielle Hunter
Outside linebacker Josh Allen continues to have a banner season while sophomore Travon Walker continues to make strides in Year 2. However, the Jaguars could use another pass rusher to round out their rotation.
The team's brass tried to bolster the pass rush several times throughout the offseason and well into the trade deadline. However, their attempts fell short. One player they should be kicking themselves for not landing is defensive end Danielle Hunter.
Earlier this year, Hunter asked the Minnesota Vikings for a salary bump and even missed a portion of the team's offseason workouts to get his request granted. During his holdout, the Jaguars showed strong interest in trading for him. However, they weren't aggressive enough in their pursuit.
Ultimately, Hunter stayed with the Vikes and got a reworked deal. The decision paid off for Minnesota, as the three-time Pro Bowl nod is tied for the most sacks in the league with 11.0.
From the Jaguars' point of view, imagine how dominant their pass rush would be with Hunter in the fold. His presence would allow the coaching staff to use Travon Walker as a movable chess piece and exploit favorable matchups across the line of scrimmage like he did in college.
Was the cost of acquring Danielle Hunter too expensive? Maybe, but he would've been worth it.