3 reasons the Jacksonville Jaguars ultimately fell short of the postseason this year

• The Jaguars failed to make the playoffs despite finishing 9-7 in 2023. Here are 3 reasons they fell short.

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) runs past Jacksonville Jaguars safety Rayshawn
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) runs past Jacksonville Jaguars safety Rayshawn / Denny Simmons / The Tennessean / USA
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1. The Jaguars failed to address most of their glaring needs

The Jaguars kept most of their 2022 core intact with the expectation that they would be even better in 2023. They projected players such as Trevor Lawrence, center Luke Fortner, linebacker Devin Lloyd, and others to make a leap. However, many of them regressed, making their decision to take a conservative approach in the offseason look bad in retrospect.

Besides the drafting of Anton Harrison and inking kicker Brandon McManus, most of the moves the Jaguars made in the offseason barely had an impact. Their failure to address the interior offensive line hurt them badly, not only did Trevor Lawrence lack the necessary time to throw but Jacksonville couldn't get their running game going. In the same manner, they had several chances to bolster their pass rush but opted not to.

The Jags could've traded for Danielle Hunter, Montez Sweat, or Chase Young. Heck, they brought in Jadeveon Clowney for a visit but he left without a deal. He went on to have a productive season with the Baltimore Ravens. Add the selection of tight end Brenton Strange, and running back Tank Bigsby, a couple of early-round picks that have had a minimal impact, and it's not surprising that the Jaguars came crumbling down.

Rightfully, general manager Trent Baalke has gotten lots of heat. And many of the holes he failed to address are still pressing needs. If he wants to hold onto his job, he'd better get to work. Another underwhelming year won't do.

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