This is a preview of the upcoming season for the Jacksonville Jaguars. The schedule and tickets for the Jacksonville Jaguars are included.
Last season: 2-14 (Last in AFC South)
Vegas Over/Under: 5 Wins
Key Additions: OT Luke Joekel (TEX A&M), S Johnathan Cyprien (FI), OLB Geno Hayes (FA)
Key Losses: FB Greg Jones, OLB Daryl Smith, S Dawan Landry
Strength of Schedule: 13
The Jacksonville Jaguars were just a terrible football team last season, and you know what? They’re probably going to be terrible team this year too. New GM David Caldwell has put his faith in quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who by the way is one of the worst starting quarterbacks in the NFL (Jaguars fans nod). At least the Jaguars will have a top 5 pick again next year to (hopefully) address the quarterback position. In the spirit of looking towards next season, Everbank Field and the Jags are planning on showing the NFL RedZone channel on their new scoreboards that are to be ready for 2014. On the bright side, Jacksonville hired former Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley as their new head coach. They were also able to land a cornerstone tackle in Luke Joekel, and a starting safety in Johnathan Cyprien through the draft. Not only did they improve personnel, but they updated their logo and uniforms too. Oh and owner Shad Kahn just bought the Fulham Football Club of the English Premier League.
Scoring points is going to be quite the adventure for the Jaguars this season. Top wide out Justin Blackmon is suspended for the first four games for violating the leagues substance abuse policy. Cecil Shorts is going to have to continue to grow as a receiver to stop the bleeding those first four weeks. Arguably the best fullback in the league, Greg Jones, has left to Houston and Maurice Jones-Drew is not too happy about it. Jones-Drew is coming off a Lisfranc injury from last season, and if that injury lingers then the Jags will be without a running game that they’ve counted on for years. I did like that they selected former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson in the later rounds of the draft. He brings the Jaguars offense some versatility and an added weapon moving forward.
Defensively, head coach Gus Bradley was able to build one of the best defenses in the league in Seattle the past few years. Unfortunately for Bradley, the personnel he’s dealing with in Jacksonville isn’t even close to what he had with the Seahawks. Bradley has made significant changes in the secondary, bringing in rookie Johnathan Cyprien and free agent Dwight Lowery at safety. Rookie Dwayne Gratz will be starting at corner as well. The linebackers on the Jaguars are underwhelming to say the least. The group includes Paul Posluszny, Russell Allen and Geno Hayes, all of whom underperformed last season. Finally, not a single player registered four sacks last season, and their isn’t much to be excited about the signing of 33-year-old Jason Babin.
The Jacksonville Jaguars open this season at Everbank Field against the Kansas City Chiefs. You can catch coach Bradley and the Jags on opening day here, or check out the rest of Jacksonville’s games through their schedule with tickets below:
The Jaguars hired the right coach in Gus Bradley, and the future has the potential to be very bright for the franchise. It’s just that this season is going to be very, very dark. Vegas could have put the over/under at 3 and I’d still take the under.