After years and years of disappointing football, it’s beginning to look like the Jacksonville Jaguars may have finally turned things around. Starting with the hiring of new GM David Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley, the culture is beginning to change in Jacksonville. It’s pretty clear after taking one look at the Jaguars’ draft, that they’re going to be a defensive team. Five of their eight draft picks were defensive backs, and it looks like Bradley is going to build this team to be like the one he coached out west.
It’s appropriate that the Jaguars got new uniforms, because it does feel like a bit of a new era for them.
Their decision to play it safe and take Luke Joeckel with the No. 2 overall pick, was the the right move. He’s a player the franchise can build on for years, and he’ll only extend the life of whoever’s playing quarterback.
The quarterback position remains the reason why the Jaguars won’t be going anywhere near the postseason this year. Unless Blaine Gabbert has a miraculous turnaround, Jacksonville will have a hard time getting out of the cellar in the AFC South. Still, they’re going to give him one last chance, and if it doesn’t work out, they can go out and get another quarterback next year.
That’s the thing, there’s no big rush for the Jags. They’re a couple years away from getting back into the playoff picture, so right now it’s all about putting a solid foundation in place. You have to figure at least three of the five secondary rookies will turn into solid pros, and Joeckel has Pro Bowl written all over him. Throw in a wild-card like Denard Robinson, and it seems the Jaguars finally have something to work with.
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