The Jacksonville Jaguars have been getting lots of praise this offseason for what they've been able to do in the NFL Draft and in free agency. A lot of it is deserved, but we do need to remember this is a team that finished 5-11 last offseason with a lot of things going their way. The expectations for this season are much higher than they were even a year ago, which means there is going to be pressure on the coaching staff to win a lot more games this year.
Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley thinks that is a good thing, however.
"It is a good thing. We look at that, the expectations and we have said it in the first team meeting to our team because we really believe that you rise to the level of expectation," Bradley said about how he handles the expectations publicly. "To me, it is a good thing that our expectations (are high), so now we need to make sure we monitor ourselves. Whatever the expectations are, realistic expectations, you generally rise to that. We have to make sure that we push it and our expectations are high everyday so it is not a different world that we live in."
There haven't been public expectations for the team this year by owner Shad Khan, but any reasonable person understands that fans should expect a lot more wins this season than the past three, while the team was being rebuilt from scratch. I mentioned the team had a lot of help on their way to 5-11 last season, which wasn't to say they were lucky to end up 5-11, but infact they were unlucky to only end up 5-11. Frankly, they should have had about two to three more wins, which means this season the expectations should be eight or nine wins.
So far, so good in the preseason and all the moves they made seem to be serving their purpose, but we'll know more on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.