The Jacksonville Jaguars faced a ton of misfortune across the board this year. Since advancing to the AFC championship in 2017, things have not looked good for this franchise. Injuries and disagreements between players and the coaching staff ran rampant. The Jaguars just need a fresh start.
Nick Foles broke his clavicle in Week 1 of 2019 after signing a massive four-year, $88 million contract over the offseason. Foles was meant to be the finals piece of the puzzle for Jacksonville, but his lengthy absence gave birth to Gardner Minshew’s rise to prominence. Minshew showed some impressive flashes as a rookie but wasn’t quite the veteran the Jaguars needed. But he was certainly a bright spot in the team’s dreary season. Another major storyline was shutdown cornerback Jalen Ramsey’s falling out with coach Doug Marrone, which ultimately resulted in Ramsey being traded to the Rams. Playing half the year without your supposed franchise quarterback and having the cornerstone of your defense jump ship will can certainly be demoralizing.
The Jaguars fired head of football ops Tom Coughlin, but elected to retain general manager Dave Caldwell and head coach Doug Marrone.
Believe it or not Jacksonville already has quite a few essential pieces. Foles has won a Super Bowl and will have time to get back in shape for 2020. Leonard Fournette is a talented running back who has notched his second 1,000-yards season of a young career. D.J. Chark has emerged as a young upstart out wide and is just short of 1,000 receiving yards. The Jaguars have a chance to add a few quality pieces with their two first-round draft picks.
First off, Jacksonville has a chance to draft the best wide receiver in the class to stretch the field for whoever lines up under center. If not Jerry Jeudy, there will be other players available with real potential to be top options. Secondly, the team will need to add another young stud on defense. Ramsey might be gone, but pass rusher Josh Allen had a promising rookie campaign. Building up the defensive line and secondary will help maintain the defense’s feisty attitude.
The 2019 NFL season is coming to a close and while the playoffs are just arriving, it’s time to start looking ahead to 2020. We won’t know the full regular season schedule until April, but even with the 2019 season not finished, we know each team’s list of opponents. The NFL has a formula they use to determine opponents, with divisions and conferences rotating each year.