Given the fact that the Jaguars finished with a 5-11 record last season and there is a movement in the national media to label second year quarterback Blaine Gabbert as a bust already, it is unsurprising that they find themselves so low in these power rankings.
However, while the Jaguars offense left little to be desired last season, I believe there is a significant chance that their will be a drastic improvement from Gabbert and for this team to surprise some people in 2012.
If Gabbert can perform like a league average quarterback in 2012, we could see a drastic improvement for the Jaguars offense. He will certainly have more help this season with the addition of free agent wide receiver Laurent Robinson and first-round draft pick Justin Blackmon.
Reports are that Gabbert looked confident while running the new Jaguars offense in minicamp last week, and that would certainly be good news for a team that ranked dead last in passing offense last season.
The other reason I believe that Jaguars have a chance to surprise some people this year is their defense.
While Gabbert and the lack of an offense was the biggest story for the Jaguars last season, people tend to forget that they had one of the most underrated defenses in the league last season. If it was not for a run of significant injuries that decimated their defensive depth chart, especially in the secondary, the Jaguars would have finished with a top five defense last year.
The Jaguars have only gotten better on that side of the football this offseason with the addition of cornerback Aaron Ross and rookie defensive end Andre Branch.
It will certainly be an interesting year for the Jaguars to see if they are improving and heading in the right direction, or if they need to once again look to the draft for a quarterback that can led them to contender status in the future.