How does a team with the NFL's leading rusher and a top 10 ranked defense win just five games? By having one of the worst pass offenses in recent history.
Let this soak in for a second: the leading receiver for the Jaguars in 2011 was tight end Marcedes Lewis with 460 yards receiving. There were 99 different players in the NFL this year with more than 460 yards receiving, but not a single one of those 99 were Jaguars.
In fact in the 17 seasons since the Jaguars entered the league in 1995, only the 1997 Buccaneers, 2003 Lions, 2004 Ravens and 2011 Jaguars have had their leading receivers finish with under 500 yards receiving.The receiving numbers were probably further deflated by the struggles at the quarterback position, but there is no question that the team has a subpar group at the receiver position. The Jaguars have not had a receiver break the 1,000 mark since Jimmy Smith did so in 2005 in his final year of his career. The team will surely try to rectify that problem during the offseason and they may be in luck as this could be a good year to have receiver issues.
There is a potential for a very strong free agency group at the wide receiver position with names like Dwayne Bowe, Marques Colston, Reggie Wayne, Vincent Jackson and DeSean Jackson all with expiring contracts and the Jaguars have not been shy about spending money during the offseason as of late. It would be surprising if the team didn't make a splash in free agency and would be an absolute shock if the Jaguars didn't draft a receiver in April.
The receiving corps looks to be very deep in the 2012 NFL Draft and the team will surely have opportunities to address a position that was historically bad.