Jaguars fans, I'm chiming in from the Broncos camp a bit early but here's a little bio on me. I am a broadcast journalist with Mid-Utah Radio in Manti and Richfield, Utah and am going about the various SBNation blogs to give my preseason assessments on NFL teams. Today I was on letter "J," so I explore the Jaguars. Obviously as a Broncos fan, I can't wish you good luck in Week 1 for obvious reasons. Anyway, please feel free to comment if you'd like. All feedback will be weighed judiciously and I'd love to hear from you. Enjoy!
While the Jacksonville Jaguars have an uncertain future ahead of them in subsequent seasons, I have to give owner Wayne Weaver and general manager Gene Smith credit for doing a solid job in trying to improve the squad.
Since my Denver Broncos play the Jags opening week, undoubtedly I will be paying close attention to them throughout the preseason.
Obviously, the Jaguars’ major issue last season was a defense that posted a league-worst 14 sacks.
To remedy the problem, the Jacksonville brass has brought ex-Packer defensive end Aaron Kampman in while drafting four more defensive linemen, Tyson Alualu, D’Anthony Smith, Larry Hart and Austen Lane.
It doesn’t surprise me that hard-nosed head coach, Jack Del Rio, subscribes to the theory that you can never have too many defensive linemen.
On offense, the Jaguars also have sufficient potential as despite David Garrard’s (314 of 516, 3,597 yards 15 TD’s 10 INT’s, completing 61 percent of his passes) lack of recognition from the national media, he still did a solid job for the most part (I know he had some bad games but his stats are still admirable)
. As always, Maurice Jones-Drew (1,765 combined rushing and receiving yards, 16 total TD’s) should be a force while the emergence of Mike Sims-Walker (nearly 14 yards per catch and seven touchdown receptions last season) should only help the Jaguars’ offense.
With all of this said, I am leery to give Jacksonville the benefit of the doubt on a weekly basis.
Although the Jaguars gave Indy all they wanted in Week 1 last season and actually beat the Jets at the old Giants Stadum, there were also numerous headscratchers such as their 41-0 defeat at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks in Week 5.
Ultimately, I see the Jaguars winning about six or seven games on the season but if they don’t become the Los Angeles Jaguars in the interim, to me the season will prove successful.