JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 11: Running back Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars bows after a fourth-quarter touchdown run against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers December 11, 2011 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. Jones-Drew scored four times and the Jaguars won 41 - 14. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
It's no secret that Maurice Jones-Drew had a huge impact on the Jaguars in 2011 when he led the league in rushing and accounted for 47.7 percent of the team's offense. That's the highest mark for any player since O.J. Simpson accounted for 50.7 percent of the offense of the 1973 Buffalo Bills.
I completely agree with Peterson....if he's talking about the 2011 season. It's difficult to imagine just how bad the Jaguars offense would have been without Jones-Drew during that 5-11 season if they were forced to make Deji Karim their feature back with Rashad Jennings on injured reserve.
While the 2012 Jaguars are surely better off with an elite running back like Jones-Drew than they are without him; a new focus on the passing game led by Blaine Gabbert and a more-than-capable backup in Jennings make the adjective "terrible" a bit of a stretch.