Jacksonville Jaguars’ 5 Biggest Offseason Mistakes So Far

The Jacksonville Jaguars' 5 Biggest Offseason Mistakes So Far

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The 2013 Jacksonville Jaguars were a team to be forgotten. This past season's results forced the front office to make changes across the roster. Although the majority of the transactions made by the Jags have been positive, some questionable moves have been made by the franchise leading into 2014. Here's a look at five offseason mistakes made by the Jaguars.

5. Losing Maurice Jones-Drew Without Compensation

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5. Losing Maurice Jones-Drew Without Compensation

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With each recent season, it was growing more evident that MJD's days in a Jacksonville uniform were dwindling. As he aged, Jones-Drew became more prone to injury; however, he still comes with value. This was confirmed when the Oakland Raiders scooped him up this offseason. By failing to unload MJD last season, the Jaguars virtually lost the face of the franchise for nothing.

4. Signing Center Alex Mack to Offer Sheet After Endorsing Michael Brewster

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4. Signing Center Alex Mack to Offer Sheet After Endorsing Michael Brewster

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When veteran center Brad Meester retired following the 2013 season, the Jaguars weren't in a rush to sign a free agent at the position, endorsing young offensive lineman Michael Brewster as the team's next center in late March. Three weeks later, the Jaguars signed Mack to an offer sheet only to lose him when Cleveland matched. For a young player like Brewster, this could hurt his psyche knowing his employer is looking to replace him.

3. Failing to Add Veteran Linebackers

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3. Failing to Add Veteran Linebackers

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One of the crucial needs for the Jacksonville Jaguars leading into the 2014 season is linebacker. MLB Paul Posluzsny had a Pro Bowl season totaling 161 tackles for the Jags, but the outside linebackers were underachievers. Last season, Jacksonville was toward the bottom of the league in rushing defense and failed to make any type of upgrade at the position heading into next season.

2. Signing Toby Gerhart as the Team's Starting RB

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2. Signing Toby Gerhart as the Team's Starting RB

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When it was determined that the Jaguars would no longer pursue Maurice Jones-Drew, it was thought that they would push hard for a rusher like Donald Brown or Ben Tate. When it was announced that Jacksonville signed Adrian Peterson's backup in Minnesota, many believed the Jags had made a mistake. Gerhart is a tough runner, but he lacks the explosiveness that Jacksonville's offense needs in order to made a splash in the AFC.

1. Not Signing a Starting QB

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1. Not Signing a Starting QB

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Last season, Chad Henne resembled a starting quarterback -- for the Jacksonville Jaguars. After being named the backup to Blaine Gabbert in both 2012 and 2013, Henne ended up taking over and finishing out both seasons as the starter. The thinking behind keeping Henne isn't strange because he is a solid backup in the NFL. But the Jaguars' failure to bring in an experienced starter to compete with Henne is questionable.


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