The Jacksonville Jaguars held a Q&A session with season ticket holders on Tuesday evening, where general manager Dave Caldwell, head coach
Tom Coughlin Doug Marrone and VP of football operations Tom Coughlin answered questions from fans. As expected, most of the answers were vague and kind of coach speak, but there were a few gems to be pulled from the comments.
One comment in particular came from Caldwell, who is entering his fifth season as the team's general manager.
"Talking with Coach Marrone and what we've done in the offseason over the last two years and last year's draft, I think this team is poised to kind of have a breakout year," Caldwell told the fans.
We've heard this talk before, so it's kind of hard to take it with anything more than a grain of salt. The main difference this season however, is there seems to be an actual sense of urgency. Previously under Gus Bradley, it didn't really feel like winning was prioritized and it was more about creating a fostering environment, which is great and all, but if you can't even notch 20 wins over a four year period, fans stop caring about how good that feels pretty quickly.
Entering the 2017 season, having someone like Tom Coughlin on staff at least presents an air of credibility to the situation. There is something that fans can latch on to for a reason to expect to be better than the flailing three-to-four win team the Jaguars have been for the last five or six years.
"What that looks like on paper at the end of the year we'll see," Caldwell continued. "But I feel a lot more confident this year than I have in the past."
Depending on if you've totally given up on quarterback Blake Bortles or not, it's easy as a fan to buy into Caldwell's words here. On paper, the Jaguars defense should be very good and the team has certainly flashed ability on the offensive side of the football, it's just a matter of finding consistency.
Now that the Jaguars have a head coach in Marrone and an executive in Coughlin, who scoff at the question of winning being a priority, maybe the team can turn the corner and go from flailing loser to pushing something like 8-8 and potentially further.