There aren't the highest of hopes for the Jacksonville Jaguars this season. In fact, few are even going so far as to hope (much less predict) a .500 season, settling on the higher end of a losing record.
The latest predictions to come out? Aaron Watson of numberFire, who recently released his 2015 AFC South season outlook, with Jacksonville finishing third in the division with an average of 6.4 wins after multiple seasons were predicted, simulated, and calculated. According to the website's projections, the Jaguars have an 8.1 % chance to win the AFC South division, and a 13.7% chance to make the playoffs.
In fact, one of the reasons for the improvement is parting ways with wide receiver Cecil Shorts III who they found to be one of the most ineffective parts of the Jaguars offense. They also believe Blake Bortles and the trio of second-year receivers in Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, and Marqise Lee to take major strides in 2015.
So... what does this mean?
Well, for starters, the Jaguars aren't likely going to the playoffs. Second, if the simulations are coming back and the Jaguars' season ends between 6-10 and 7-9, I'd say that's pretty satisfying. Do I see the Jaguars winning the division or making the playoffs? No, but the record prediction is what catches my interest.
My personal prediction for the season has been and is still hovering around 6-7 wins, and I know I'm not alone.
If the Jaguars are to win 6 games, like Watson predicts, then look for Gus Bradley to be around in 2016. Bradley has won seven games in two years of being the Jaguars head coach, so winning six in one year along would be a drastic enough of an improvement to keep the Gus Bus in Jacksonville.
With the talent that general manager Dave Caldwell has hauled in over the past three offseasons through the draft and free agency, there's really no excuse for Jacksonville not to win at least six games. By bringing in talent like Julius Thomas, Jared Odrick, Stefen Wisniewski, and other key free agents, as well as finding deep talent in the past few drafts, it should really be expected that the team wins six or more games from here on out.
This franchise is dying for some positivity. If Watson's record prediction is right, then we really should all be satisfied with the out come of the season. Jacksonville doesn't look like a playoff-bound team yet, but at least by projections, the Jaguars certainly look to be on their way up from the bottom.