There were a lot of different expectations from a lot of different folks this off-season. Many people around the league believed that with a shortened off-season, due to a lock out, that teams with less turnover of roster and coaching staff may have a slight advantage heading into the season. As it turned out, after the first week of play it didn't look like any team had really benefited from a lockout and less preparation time. The Jaguars had added a lot of new pieces to the defense that was down right dreadful the past couple seasons and so it was thought that it would take the defense some time to come along, but our offense had stayed almost complete with high hopes that all the things from the previous season would be cleaned up. Garrard would be more comfortable behind an O-line that was getting healthier and more experience. Our wide-outs would improve, Lewis would excel from his 10 TD season, MJD would be MJD so on and so forth. Heck, I even claimed that Garrard would take this team, despite any bumps our "slowly improving" D caused, to a 11-5 record and an AFC South Division title. Boy were my expectations shaken up.
5 days before the regular season, after struggling mightily in the preseason, Garrard was cut in favor of Luke McCown. WHAT? AGAIN? Oh yes, expectations were certainly shaken up. The preseason had shown an O-Line with ups and downs, receivers with mostly downs, QBs with a lot of question marks and suddenly this offense that should have had an easier transition to this season was looking like it could be just as big a problem as a defense that was shredded a lot the season before.
Fast forward 7 games into the season. We've moved on to our QB of the future, Blaine Gabbert. And while he isn't lighting it up a la Cam Newton, he also isn't stinking it up. The offense shows you just enough to make you think there could be something special in the making but still leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth. Kind of like grabbing some dill pickles, only to bite in and find they are the bread and butter flavor. The defense has surprised everyone and is a serious threat to teams and could be top 5 at seasons end. And thanks to the National media, we'll still be an "under the radar" team.
A season that had promise was quickly given a 1-5 start that left everyone looking to the draft of next year. After a rousing win at home in front a wonderful crowd against one of the best defenses in the league, the Jags have new life. And my crazy prediction from the off-season, 11-5 division champs, doesn't seem likely, but as I see it, is a real possibility with the remaining schedule. Win the division games, play that kind of D we played Monday night, limit mistakes. All we need is our offense to be less bread and butter and a lil' more Kosher dill.