So it is no secret that last year was not a happy time in Jacksonville, FL for football fans. It wasn’t that we had incredibly high hopes for the Jacksonville Jaguars, but we certainly didn’t expect to end the season 5-11 and have the 32nd ranked offense in the league. We had a rookie QB waiting in the wings and a veteran who was workable even if he hadn’t become the player we thought he could become, questions at WR, but we also had one of the best running backs in football and a defense that had the tools to be very good.
Just before the end of the preseason we released our veteran QB and started the season with a backup and the rookie who hadn’t even had a full off season yet. The receiver corps were worse than we imagined and the defense played well but by mid season was banged up and had 4 starters on Injured Reserve. The nightmare seemed to go on forever. Late in the year the head coach of 10 years was fired and the owner of 16 years sold the team.
So here we are after a memorable off season. New ownership, new coaching staff, a lengthy hold out by the one offensive player who played at an elite level last year. There are still a lot of questions and most “experts” don’t expect much from the team this year. In Jacksonville though we are hopeful. We have seen a lot of improvement in the Quarterback in preseason, we have seen brilliance in limited attempts by the new rookie Wide Receiver Blackmon. Jones-Drew is back and Rashaad Jennings who will start the season as the #1 RB looked very good in preseason. We have hope that this team will surprise some people this season, but it is only hope. Until we start to see it play out on the field I will be holding my breath hoping that he nightmare doesn’t start all over again.