2013 Record: 3-9
The Jaguars don’t really have a capable quarterback. If they think they found one in Michigan’s Denard Robinson, they haven’t. Robinson, their fifth-round pick, could line up at running back, wide receiver, tight end, or kick returner to utilize his speed. But NFL-ready arm accuracy isn’t there. Blaine Gabbert can relate to that. With all the success young quarterbacks have been having the last two years, Gabbert apparently didn’t get the memo. Chad Henne didn’t do a good job filling either. This criticism may be harsh, but the Jags did go 2-14. Now if you look at the other positions, this doesn’t seem like such a bad team anymore. In the backfield is a now-healthy Maurice Jones-Drew. Lining up on either side will be 2012 breakouts Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts (who combined for more than 1,700 receiving yards). Veteran Marcedes Lewis is still the tight end, and although he’s not the most reliable offensively, he represents continuity on a team that hasn’t had much of it in recent years. Laurent Robinson missed most of the season to injury but will return at wide receiver as well. And with the second overall pick of the Draft Jacksonville took Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel at offensive tackle. The offense has talent for sure, now if only they could find a quarterback….
Defensively, the Jags got run over against the rush in 2012, allowing the third-most rushing yards. The defensive unit overall is up for a lot of change and a lot of competition in camp. Some draft picks could get significant playing time, like second-round pick Johnathan Cyprien, a safety out of Florida International. Cornerback Dwyane Gratz from UConn could get playing time at cornerback. Middle linebacker Paul Posluszny anchors the group up the middle. Jason Babin is one of few household names at defensive end, and a pair of former Buccaneers in Roy Miller (DT) and Geno Hayes (weakside linebacker) will need to lead the inexperienced and the rookies. Coach Mike Mularkey was a one-and-done and Gus Bradley, defensive coordinator for the tough Seahawks, was chosen as Shahid Khan’s best choice to live up to his promise to fans of change. He’s a great choice but a coach can’t make up for pure lack of experienced and/or talented depth. Their Nike-ized uniforms are quite extravagant. Those types of uniforms end up looking a whole lot better if the team wins in them. Unfortunately in 2013 the uniforms will probably look pretty bad.