After starting the season with a 0-8 record and with a lot of doubts going forward, it’s clear that the bye week couldn’t have come at a better time for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The recent loss against the San Francisco 49ers in London show that this team is definitively not ready to compete, and that the only prize they could have at the end of the season is the first overall pick next year. But, that doesn’t mean they don’t have work to do in this week even if they won’t be playing.
The Jaguars are in full rebuild mode this season and as such, they need to be constantly evaluating both players and coaches to see who could be a great fit once this team has turned the corner.
Out of this season’s roster, there aren’t many players to choose from. Justin Blackmon is clearly a building block moving forward and elements like Cecil Shorts III, Dwayne Gratz and Luke Joeckel could also be considered in the mix if they can turn things around in the second half.
Linebacker Paul Poluszny is also a valuable player and Maurice Jones-Drew seems to be a huge question mark as he hasn’t been able to produce, and it’s unclear whether he’d like to return next season.
That sounds like a lot of work for head coach Gus Bradley and GM David Caldwell, but they also need to evaluate the staff surrounding them. The Jags haven’t been able to execute on both sides of the ball and even when the lack of talent in this group is evident, there could be some things that need to be changed outside the field as well.
With all the struggles they’ve been through this season, the Jags needed a break. They need to re-group and re gain the focus as they need to start preparing the game against the Tennessee Titans in Week 10.
Who knows? Maybe they just needed to recover themselves and they might be able to pull an upset once they return to the field.