Jacksonville Jaguars get no love on NFL Media's list of top 10 offenses in 2023
The Jacksonville Jaguars have a potential 2023 MVP candidate in quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Their wide receiver corps, which is composed of Christian Kirk, Calvin Ridley and Zay Jones, is one of the best in the NFL. If that wasn't enough the Jags are stacked at running back with Travis Etienne firmly entrenched at the top of the depth chart.
You would think that's enough to rank Jacksonville among the best offenses in the league but Cynthia Frelund of NFL Media doesn't believe that was nearly enough to include him on her list of the top 10 offenses ahead of the 2023 season.
Frelund put together her list based on projected win share and she doesn't think the Jaguars have enough talent to make the cut. She points out that certain offenses have great upside but "their projections are extremely volatile due to outsized personnel questions.
This is just a conjuncture but maybe Frelund isn't sure Lawrence will keep improving. It's possible that she has questions about the offensive line and the turnover it underwent in the offseason. Another potential reason for not including the Jags on her list is not knowing how Calvin Ridley will fare after being away from football for more than a year. Either way, omitting Jacksonville was rather puzzling.
Here's Frelund list in case you were wondering which team has a chance of fielding a better offense than the Jaguars next season.
- Kansas City Chiefs
- Philadelphia Eagles
- Buffalo Bills
- Cincinnati Bengals
- Dallas Cowboys
- San Francisco 49ers
- Seattle Seahawks
- Baltimore Ravens
- Los Angeles Chargers
- New York Jets
The Jaguars have enough firepower to keep up in the AFC arms race in 2023
It's important to point out that Frelund isn't nearly as high on the Jaguars as other analyst ahead of the 2023 season, projecting them to win just 9.3 games. With that out of the way, her top 5 isn't controversial, as all those teams have proven that they can get into a shootout and put points on the scoreboard. Conversely, you could argue that the Jaguars' is as good or even better than those of the clubs on the bottom half of the list.
Justin Herbert lost to the Jags twice in 2022. Lamar Jackson got a new coordinator in Todd Monken and it's hard to predict if he can get back into MVP shape. Similarly, Aaron Rodgers hasn't shown in recent years much interest in doing anything it takes to win. Maybe all those quarterbacks and their respective teams will put it all together next season but all of them face questions, which is why it was a bit surprise them see them get make Frelund's list.
In the end, not many analysts thought the Jaguars would do much last year but they turned heads when they finished the season on a hot streak and defeated the Chargers in Super Wild Card Weekend. If they get off to a strong start and beat some of the powerhouses they're set to face early in 2023, it will be hard to keep doubting them.