If you’re a fan of one of the three Florida NFL teams, playoff tickets should not figure in too much when planning your fall/winter budget. With all three franchises in various stages of rebuilding, the postseason doesn’t seem to be likely in 2012. With that said, there has been a lot of spirited debate on which of the three teams will be the best (maybe the least worst) in 2012. The simple and direct answer is the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Every season it seems there is somebody who comes out and says they are going to have a superb season. Whether it’s the now-ignored Rex Ryan talk of Super Bowl after Superb Bowl or the exclamation of top-tier play that Joe Flacco thinks he can produce, someone thinks they are the best and can prove it. Eli Manning did it this past season. He won’t be throwing for as many yards as Drew Brees, his brother Peyton, Matt Stafford, or Tom Brady but he’ll get the ring and that is truly how we measure greatness. Joe Flacco came close. Alex Smith came close. Manning was the man though.
Not long ago, I pondered whether it would be so terrible if the Titans had a great pass-protecting offensive line that was only average at run-blocking. Can we flip that question for the Jaguars? Presuming Maurice Jones-Drew is back in time to not miss a paycheck -- and he will be -- can the Jaguars’ offensive line continue to block well for him, make a modest improvement at pass protecting, and be part of a good offense?