2014 Jacksonville Jaguars Season Preview
The Jaguars were once again one of the NFL’s worst teams in 2013, but they got their man at QB in the draft so if there was a time for the franchise to turn it around, it’s now. Blake Bortles has the hopes and dreams of Jags fans on his shoulders, taking over for the previous first-round pick Blaine Gabbert. While it looks like Chad Henne will start the season under center, Bortles should be getting the call sooner rather than later. He’ll have Cecil Shorts and Marquise Lee to throw to – losing Justin Blackmon to suspension and Maurice Jones-Drew to a trade in the offseason. Toby Gerhart will take over the running the ball for the Jaguars, and he’ll have big (or small, however you want to look at it) shoes to fill trying to replace what Jones-Drew was able to do in Jacksonville. The Jaguars will start the season on the road with games in Philadelphia and Washington before returning home for the EverBank Field opener against the Colts. The Jags will also host the Steelers, Dolphins, and Texans at home, as well as playing against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 10 in London’s Wembley Stadium.
2013 Jacksonville Jaguars Season Preview
The biggest change made by the Jaguars was the hiring of Gus Bradley as the new head coach. Bradley had spent the past few years as the defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks and should bring with him a renewed focus on defense. The rest of Jacksonville's offseason acquisitions highlight the team's new focus on defense. Veterans Marcus Trufant, Roy Miller and Geno Hayes were all signed as free agents to start for Bradley's defense. Through the NFL Draft the team added two more starters in FIU safety Johnathan Cyprien and UConn corner back Dwayne Gratz. The offense will once again hinge on the health of star running back Maurice Jones-Drew. The quarterback position should be filled by third-year man Blaine Gabbert, though his job will be made more difficult by the suspension handed down to No. 1 wide receiver Justin Blackmon that will cost him the first four games of the season. With a renewed focus on defense and a healthy Jones-Drew, the Jaguars should she an improvement on the field in 2013.
2011 Jacksonville Jaguars Season Preview
The Jacksonville Jaguars are a team on the cusp of breaking out of their recent doldrums. They have improved every year since bottoming out at 5-11 in 2008, but time may be running out on head coach Jack del Rio if he doesn't turn things around in 2011. If the team’s offensive stars can stay healthy, there's no reason why the Jaguars can't compete for an AFC South title. Quarterback David Garrard has been an enigma over the last several years. At times he shows flashes of greatness, while other times he is woefully inconsistent. He will be aided a great deal this season if star running back Maurice Jones-Drew can recover from off-season knee surgery. Jones-Drew will have to carry a lot of the load, as the Jaguars lost star receiver Mike Sims-Walker to free agency, and look to form a wide receiving corps led by Mike Thomas and Tight End Marcedes Lewis. The Jaguars defense turned in some solid performances in 2010, and while they were not among the elite squads in the league, they certainly did not lose Jacksonville any games. The defensive line will be led by Terrance Knighton, who has showed great promise in his short time in Jacksonville. As for the secondary, Derek Cox leads a young squad that has proven it can make plays.
2010 Jacksonville Jaguars Season Preview
The Jacksonville Jaguars entered 2009 with high hopes, but Jack del Rio's team finished a disappointing 7-9 and missed the playoffs. The AFC South may prove to be one of the most difficult divisions in the league with an upstart Houston Texans team now in contention, so it may be difficult for the Jaguars to make the postseason with such a tough schedule. Quarterback David Garrard had a break out season in 2007, but since then has been much less productive - throwing 10 interceptions last year to only 15 touchdowns. However, Garrard can make plays with his feet, as he was the Jaguars second leading rusher a year ago. Garrard is not the centerpiece of the offense, as Maurice Jones-Drew is one of the best running backs in the league. Last season, Jones-Drew rushed for 1,391 yards and 15 touchdowns. The Jacksonville defense struggled last year, especially against the pass, and was embarrassed in a 41-0 drudging at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks. The defensive line will be key, especially Terrance Knighton, who will need to improve on last year's production and apply more pressure on the quarterback. Veteran cornerback Rashean Mathis anchors the secondary and will provide some much needed leadership on a young squad.
2009 Jacksonville Jaguars Season Preview
The Jacksonville Jaguars will be one of the teams to watch in the AFC in 2009. Coach Jack Del Rio's team took a step back in 2008 finishing with a 5-11 record, after making the playoffs in 2007 with an 11-5 record. This year will be a key year for Jags quarterback David Gerrard as he tries to stay healthy and get back on-track with his game. The formula for Jacksonville this year should be a steady diet of running back Maurice Jones-Drew on offense and a stingy defense. If Del Rio can get his QB playing well, his running game rolling and his defense stopping people then Jacksonville could be a contender to make the Super Bowl in Miami.
2008 Jacksonville Jaguars Season Preview
The Jacksonville Jaguars have proven themselves to be a tough team and one that no one should count out come playoff time. The team has established itself as a defensive power under head coach and former Pro-Bowl linebacker Jack Del Rio. Hampered by injuries last season, the Jacksonville Jaguars still managed to put together a very respectable record, and vied for a playoff berth. A game at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium is always a wild and raucous affair as the Jacksonville Jaguars provide their fans with hard-nosed, defensive minded football.