It seems everyone has jumped on the Jacksonville Jaguars’ bandwagon. NFL insiders and media have proclaimed this to be 'the' year head coach Gus Bradley finally puts his stamp on this franchise and produces a winner.
NFL insiders and media have proclaimed this to be 'the' year head coach Gus Bradley finally puts his stamp on this franchise and produce a winning record.
Team owner Shad Khan wasn’t coy in his assessment of the team at the end of last season, as per ESPN. He insisted that while there has been an improvement, he wants a winning team, so this could be Bradley's last stand if he can't accomplish that in 2016.
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The pressure's on
Regardless of the one year added to Bradley's contract, everyone in Jacksonville knows Bradley has to win now and his team, which is improved on paper, must do it for him on the field.
Those jumping on the 'Gus Bus' seem to think that this is a team that will challenge for a playoff berth and potentially an AFC South title. It will be difficult for them to meet those goals just yet, but it looks like the team is headed in the right direction.
Yet, now that the Jaguars are one of the trendier picks for the upcoming season, what happens if they don't live up to expectations?
For the Jaguars to prove their patience has paid off, they realistically need to win at least nine games. Jacksonville have now had five consecutive seasons with five or fewer wins.
Questions to answer
There are still plenty of questions the team must answer in training camp, beginning July 29, but the blueprint this organization has discussed from day one of the Gus Bradley regime - which has also been designed by general manager David Caldwell - could be about to pay off. After all, there have already been plenty of positive signs.
The Jaguars were 10th in the league in total offense last season. TJ Yeldon led all rookie running backs in the AFC in yards with 740.
The team signed Jets running back Chris Ivory, who led the AFC in rushing. Marqise Lee will be returning from injury. The team signed left tackle Kelvin Beachum from Pittsburgh to compete with Luke Joeckel. If that is not enough, there could be as many as five new starters in defense.
The coaching staff is now improved, with Todd Wash coming in as the team's new defensive coordinator. Long-time defensive guru Monte Kiffin has also been added to the staff in an advisory role.
This is a system that is set up for success, not failure. If there is not a significant improvement on defense and at least 8-9 wins, there will be changes. Four years is a long time to procure success and transition.
If Bradley cannot win with this roster and a schedule that gets easier as the season progresses, then you can expect changes at the top and a roster that might go through another makeover.
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