It is a good thing for the Jaguars that the NFL season is played out on the field and not decided on paper before the season begins.
Gene Frenette of The Florida Times-Union got his hands on the way too early Sporting News preseason NFL guide and talked about the not to flattering opinion the editors have of the 2011 Jaguars.
According to Frenette, the Sporting News editors think that the Jaguars will finish the 2011 season with a 5-11 record and finish dead last in the AFC South. They obviously feel that last seasons success in Jacksonville was an aberration.
Frenette, who also covers the Jaguars for The Sporting News, disagreed with their assessment of the Jaguars prospects for 2011.
“Personally, I see the Jaguars going 8-8 this season, maybe 9-7,” Frenette wrote.
While it is nice to see some news not related to the lockout, it is way too early for any publication to be putting out a 2011 NFL season preview and have anybody take it seriously.
First, we still have no idea whether or not there will actually be a 2011 season. Secondly, there has been no free agency yet.
How can The Sporting News put together projections for the 2011 season without knowing where free agents are going to land. I have a sneaking suspicion that the reason the Jaguars are being looked at unfavorably in this situation is the fact that the Jaguars failed to address some of their issues on the defensive side of the ball in the draft a few weeks back.
Certainly the Jaguars have plans to address these needs when free agency actually begins, but to count a team out in May without having an idea what the full picture is going to look like when the season rolls around in September is absolutely absurd.
To do so shows that The Sporting News is more concerned with selling magazines than they are with giving fans a legitimate prediction of the 2011 season.