Pete Carroll and Gus Bradley.

Pete Carroll believes the Jacksonville Jaguars could 'take off' in 2016

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Since becoming the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, Pete Carroll has revolutionized the team, turning them into regular Super Bowl contenders.

After taking over for the 2010 season, the NFC West franchise has only failed to make the playoffs once (2011), and they have gone to the Super Bowl twice (2013, 2014), winning it just the once, but this was also the first championship in Seahawks history.

If anyone could recognize a team with potential, it's Carroll, as he is one of only three football coaches to have won both a Super Bowl and a college football national championship in their coaching career. This season, he believes it could be the breakout year of the Jacksonville Jaguars.


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He said at last week's Annual League Meeting, according to "I think it takes a long time and the formula that they have put together, it's taken some time to make their efforts on the roster and going after the players and spending the money and all that kind of stuff.

"I think they're really going for it, and I think (Bradley's) laid the foundation, which he has a great foundation of what he stands for and all as a head coach.

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"You could see them really improve last year. I think you're going to see them take off this year."

Ambitious? Perhaps due to their recent history. But realistically out of the question? Absolutely not.

The Jaguars finished the 2015 season with a 5-11 record, four wins off the AFC South champions the Houston Texans. Last season was a real chance for them to advance to the playoffs thanks to the problems at quarterback for the Texans and the Indianapolis Colts.

This year might be tougher because of the improvements in Houston and the return of Andrew Luck for the Colts. However, the development of Blake Bortles, Allen Robinson, TJ Yeldon, Julius Thomas and Allen Hurns, and the addition of Chris Ivory are turning the Jaguars into a real offensive threat.

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The statistics speak for themselves as the team finished the season 10th in passing yards per game, Bortles threw for 35 touchdowns, and he was leading the entire NFL with 72 throws of 20-plus yards.

The main problem was the defense, which conceded the second most points in franchise history, tallying up at 28 points on average per game - the second-highest in the NFL. They have made additions with Malik Jackson, Tashaun Gipson and Prince Amukamara through free agency, and also, Dante Fowler Jr is coming back from an ACL injury as well.

The Jaguars will be hoping it doesn't take long for the defense to gel together, so they become less reliant on the offense to have to work from behind in order to win games. If it is able to work together and the offense keeps progressing, the possibilities are endless.

You never know. We might just have a Seahawks vs Jaguars Super Bowl on our hands...

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