As the season came to a close for the Jaguars and their fans, I started to think about various aspects of the season and the coming offseason. I have come to a few concrete conclusions:
- If the Jaguars draft only 1 QB, Garrard has to come back. Today, as well as that game vs. the Chiefs really showed how important a good backup QB can be for our team. While Bouman was not awful vs. KC, a better backup would not have gone unappreciated that game. Therefore, the way I see it, Garrard gets backed up by the guy the Front Office envisions as the franchise QB; he gets one year on the sidelines to learn the game, and then hopefully can come in and contribute in 2012
- The Jaguars are probably set at RB for the next 10 years(at least). While Jennings did not perform very well last week, he came out today as the feature back and had a very good day against a defense that knew that Edwards would not be doing that much passing for the day. Furthermore, Deji Karim came in and had some solid carries today.
- Alualu/Knighton might have a legitimate shot at becoming the new Stroud/Henderson. The Jaguars are really talented at the DT position, and should emerge in a couple of years as having one of the premier D-Lines, should the Jaguars manage to get some good pass-rushing DE(s) in the coming years
- New HC,OC,DC should be hired before next season. As of lasst night, I certainly was not a beleiver of getting rid of JDR or Mel Tucker for that matter, but it dawned on me today that they got to go. The truth of the matter is that the Jaguars have collapsed two straight seasons. Now it is true this season, it essentually would not have mattered(obviously beating the Colts would have changed things, but I am not sure if we would have won either way) and that is just not something that should be tolerated. Everything said and done, should all of the improving over the 2009 season only amount to an extra win? I do not think so, and so something somewhere else along the line must be attricuted to that. Unfortunately, it falls onn our HC, and so I think it is time he goes. As for Koetter, I have not been much of a fan all year, and so I think it is time to bring in new blood and implement a new offensive system that perhaps yields better results. And finally, Mel Tucker clearly is not the answer. While it is players not plays, I do honestly believe that losing him is not a mjor loss, and a completely new trio heading up the coaching regime is better than only replacing 2 of the top 3.
Obviously these are just my opinions, and you are more than likely going to disagree one one of these points, so feel free to try to convince me as to why I am wrong on one of these points