It’s Time For Jacksonville Jaguars To Fully Embrace Their Rebuild

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are going to go 0-16 this year and end up with the first pick in the NFL Draft.

After another lopsided loss on Sunday the reality of this is starting to feel more and more inevitable. For the realistic members of the Jaguars fan base, how bad this team is shouldn’t come as any surprise. What Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell inherited from the previous regime was a roster saddled with a significant lack of talent and a handful of bad contracts that were given away in ill-advised free agency spending sprees.

Caldwell spent this whole offseason burning the Jaguars roster down to the ground and is starting from scratch, a move that should have been made by Gene Smith when he inherited the roster back in 2009. When all was said and done, Caldwell had turned over almost half of the Jaguars roster in one offseason and got rid of a lot of the fat on the Jaguars roster.

The Jaguars, however, are still playing some veterans who have no future with the franchise at the expense of some younger players who may end up becoming long-term starters for this team. Guys like Paul Posluszny, Marcedes Lewis and Jason Babin are playing because their huge contracts are dictating that they are starters, but the likelihood that they are on the roster in 2014 is slim.

Would benching those guys make the Jaguars a better team in 2013? Probably not, but the Jaguars aren’t playing for 2013, they are playing for 2014 and beyond. The beauty about playing for nothing is the opportunity to allow young guys to play without worrying about they are giving you the best chance to win games.

Fans have a right to be frustrated with the product on the field, but Jaguars owner Shad Khan has stated several times that he is going to allow Caldwell and his head coach Gus Bradley to have a fair shot at building a winner so the results on the field truly don’t matter. As a fan, I am more willing to stomach an 0-16 season this year with the hopes of the Jaguars building a consistent playoff contender.

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