A few days ago, I posted what my vision for the next GM is, or more accurately is not, so as not to end up with another letdown along the lines of Gene Smith. As I began to think what my vision for the actual team is, I decided to see what other fans thought, so I figured I would throw together a couple of, for lack of a better word, "scenarios" and see what people want.
- Blaine Gabbert is only going to be in his 3rd year as QB, and has shown significant improvement in year #2 to warrant keeping his job as starting QB. Perhaps a mid round draft pick could be used on a QB that could come in and try to push Gabbert for the starting job.
- Gabbert seems to thrive when playing in more 3+ WR formations. Therefore, to help Gabbert, the offense must change to a much more pass oriented one. Maurice Jones Drew at this point is more of a luxury who likely would not be as valuable to the Jaguars moving forward, and so he should legitimately be shopped around.
- A new RB should be brought in, but if it is to be through a draft pick, there is no need to spend such a high pick on one.
- To expand a bit more on the shift in offensive philosophy, to improve upon the talent at WR, a major play for a WR is made, be it a high draft choice or a veteran such as Mike Wallace or Dwayne Bowe.
- Blaine Gabbert is trash and has no business as a starting NFL QB. Every attempt should be made to get a new QB, more than likely through the first round selection this coming year.
- Blackmon and Shorts will only get better, but in order to help out the new QB as much as possible, a pick must be used to get another WR to help out this offense.
- By the time this team is legitimately ready to contend, MJD will be far from the player he once was, and so it is better to "sell high" now.
- Just give this offense time to mesh and develop. With MJD at RB and Blackmon the second coming of Jerry Rice, it is only a matter of time before the NFL recognizes the genius of the Jaguar's front office.
- As much as Gabbert should be great, Tim Tebow already is even better. Tebow managed to take his team to the playoffs and won a whole bunch of games through the power of religion. Can Blaine Gabbert say that?!
- The Jaguars defense has suffered injuries and as a result is not doing that great this year. However, even if they were fully healthy, they are not good enough to be a top 10 defense, and 2011 was somewhat of a fluke.
- This team really could benefit from a potential remodeling of this defense, perhaps even so much as a shift to a 3-4 defense.
- When considering the personnel already present, a 3-4 scheme might actually make sense, with Alualu, Mincey, and Knighton on the line.
- When it comes to the LB spots, some change would be needed. Poz has shown in the past to not thrive so much in a 3-4 defense, and so he might be a casualty of the switch. He could probably net some value in a trade. Other than that move, Branch could move to the OLB spot, and perhaps a guy like Jarvis Jones could be drafted to put on the other side at OLB. Manti Te'o might also be a serious option to play ILB likely alongside Daryl Smith.
- As for the secondary, which would not really change due to the 4-3 to 3-4 change, upgrading at CB is still in order as the group currently on the roster is injury prone and/or aging and/or just not very good.
- While this defense was #6 just one year ago, it is just not that good and can use some significant upgrading.
- The roster is primarily built to run a 4-3 defense, and so that is the way things should stay. Plus, with a guy like Poz who is much better suited for the 4-3 MLB over the 3-4 ILB spot, why would you explicitly lessen his value to the defense?
- Upgrades could be used at pretty much everywhere up front, with the DTs not performing that well, and the DEs struggling to bring down the QB.
- As for the LB, Smith is hurt right now but should hopefully come back healthy. The spot opposite him though is completely up in the air and needs a suitable upgrade come next season.
- As for the secondary, Ross is "meh," Mathis is aging, and Cox manages to get hurt at some point every year as of late. A solid CB who can play and stay healthy is definitely in order.
- Just one year ago, this defense was #6 in the NFL, which suggests that it can be quite good when healthy. No need to switch schemes or do a whole lot of changing. Just need to get healthy
- The only upgrading this team needs to do with people not currently on this roster is a better OLB to start opposite Smith, maybe another pass rusher since the pass rush still kind of sucks, and maybe another CB.
- This defense, even with all the injuries and sub par play would be fine if only the Jaguars could score more points. After the best defense is a great offense.
- Therefore, the only course of action is to improve this offense to the point that they score like the Oregon Ducks score. You ask how that might be done, and I respond with the alliteratve name "Tim Tebow."
As of this very moment, I am of the opinion that going forward, Scenario #1 for both offense and defense is my preference. Scenario #2 for the defensive side has merits in my opinion, and I think that I could wake up tomorrow and feel better about that over scenario #1.
What do you think?(I do realize that ideally you might pick and choose aspects from each scenario, but for the sake of this post, assume you can only take one scenario and it must be in its entirety)