While it’s hard to find some positives in a 2-9 record, the Jacksonville Jaguars are definitely moving in the right direction.
Fully committed to a rebuilding process that was expected to be rough, the Jaguars were the laughingstock of the NFL. They were 0-8 before their bye week and playing some awful football on both sides of the ball, but things changed after the bye and suddenly the Jaguars are being looked at with a bit more respect. Or at least they should be.
In their last three games the Jaguars are 2-1. They defeated the Tennessee Titans and the Houston Texans but were unable to hold onto an early lead against the Arizona Cardinals. Their defense has improved vastly in recent games, and even though their offense is still a raw product there are some positives going forward.
Chad Henne is still unable to throw for multiple touchdowns in a single game this season and has more interceptions than scores, but at least he has been able to move the team forward in recent games. Cecil Shorts III saw more targets this past weekend, and with the absence of Justin Blackmon he should be the focal point of the offense in the last weeks of the season. He has shown the ability to produce when given enough chances.
Maurice Jones-Drew also caught fire in recent weeks because he’s finally making things happen and had a huge game against Houston (144 total yards and a TD). As long as he can keep finding the end zone, the Jaguars will be a much more dangerous threat offensively.
The team will likely be in contention for drafting first overall next year and they might not win another game this season. But the fans shouldn’t lose faith in a rebuilding process that has the proper guys in charge in Gus Bradley and David Caldwell. They should give the city lots of reasons to cheer sooner rather than later.