June 12, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert (center) takes the hike from center Brad Meester (left) during minicamp at Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE
It's the dead zone of the NFL season, while we all eagerly await the start of training camp in two weeks. Our little Christmas in July as Tony Khan put it. This means it's time for things like rankings and power polls, which are important, necessary, and mean everything in the universe.
Recently, everyone's favorite football website outside of the SB Nation Network, Pro Football Talk, has been releasing their annual power rankings. They're actually a pretty good read, as they go in depth into the teams on both sides of the ball, the good, the bad, and the potential outlook.
So where did they have the Jaguars?
Not very high, but their research was clearly done.
There are reasons to think this could work, nearly all of them tied to how Blaine Gabbert develops. The early returns from the offseason were good, and if he can reverse course, the Jaguars could be a better team in 2012. They have the benefit of playing in an AFC South with at least one team as bad as they are (the Colts), meaning they won't simply be swamped in the division. And opening at Minnesota gives them an opportunity to steal a road win against another bottom-dweller with reasonable questions about their young quarterback.
For the full run down of the Jaguars ranked 30th on their power rankings, read it right here.