Gene Smith is clearly not your typical GM, & I'm not so sure he'd get snatched up if we were to cut ties with him. However, this is year 4 of the 5 year project, & call me what you may, I think next year the Jacksonville Jaguars will finally regain their swag much like we ALL remember back in the late '90's, but BETTER!!
This time around, we have a much young roster, & who's to say we don't make a run for the postseason this year? Gene's truly built a foundation, has a team on the rise, & took care of a position of need (WR) that we've lacked since the glorified days. Imagine what we already have now, & ask yourselves how much better this team can be with "1" more offseason (UFA, Draft, UDFA, Trades)??
If coach Mularkey & company have truly installed a QB friendly offense, an offense that fits to Blaine Gabbert's strengths, then their shouldn't be any hesitance on whether Blaine is the Jags QB of the future. Obviously with new blood calling the plays, you have to expect ALOT of wrongdoings in a 1st year offense, but when a playbook is practically designed to fit what you do best, I think that's enough motivation for Blaine.
Although I never understood why Gene chose to go with a 5yr plan, especially with the amount of teams that have turned it around in 1-2 years, I guess the answer lies in the development of our premiere QB for year 4. Not to mention a team with the most cap money, next year will be one of the most important & exciting year for the Jaguars. We still have a solid chance of sneaking into January play, but year 4 is more-so establishing the QB position, establishing an identity, & executing the play calls.
PS- Come year 5, we'll be playing great while looking great: (aka Oregon on steroid's)
Let the countdown begin.