Jacksonville Jaguars: What’s Wrong With Your Team?
The Jacksonville Jaguars are regarded as one of the worst teams in the league, and with the exception of the Oakland Raiders, it isn’t even close. The Jaguars gambled two years ago that Blaine Gabbert would be the answer to their quarterback woes since the David Garrard and Mark Brunell eras ended. In the last two years, Gabbert has already missed eight games and has only thrown for a combined 3,876 yards with 21 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. By comparison, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who was taken No. 1 overall in the same draft class as Gabbert, threw for 4,051 yards with the same number of touchdowns and interceptions in his rookie season alone, and this doesn’t even consider the fact that he also ran for 706 yards and had 14 rushing touchdowns as well.
Another thing wrong with the Jaguars team is they invested heavily into a middle linebacker Paul Posluszny. While he has had above average stats, he hasn’t lived up to his six-year, $45 million contract where he still has four years to go on the current deal. Posluszny looked like he lost his nose for the ball that he had in college, and he has also struggled mightily against faster running backs and more athletic tight ends in coverage.
Finally, another big thing wrong with the Jaguars was that they took talented but extremely troubled wide receiver Justin Blackmon who has had issues with keeping sober. He’s been arrested twice for DUI and also this year he has been suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
All in all, it is likely going to be an extremely long season for the Jacksonville Jaguars and its fan base.