The Jaguars are once again looking like a team with no identity and no national following. It's at times like this that we have to wonder, what went wrong? Now, I'll try to answer that very question. Here's your list of the Jaguars' five biggest mistakes -- ever.
5) Hiring Gene Smith: Right now, it's hard to argue against this pick on the list. Since taking over, the Jaguars have, arguable, gotten even worse than the mess that he has been attempting to pick up since early 2009. As it stands, the Jaguars have no franchise quarterback, no offensive playmakers (save for MJD, a pre-GM Gene era pick) and no pass rush. Yeah, it's bad.
4) Drafting Derrick Harvey: Hindsight is always 20/20. This pick still burns me to think about. Harvey was a terrible player with little to no work ethic. He was the embodiment of the idea that the Jaguars were one player away. The falloff during the 2008 season was inevitable, but this pick made it hurt that much more.no comments
After much pushing by fans (including yours truly), the Jaguars are rolling out their all-black uniforms this weekend at home against the Chicago Bears. Thanks to @JaguarsInsider, we have a sneak peak below.
The uniforms won't make this team any better, but at least the Jaguars will play in style. If we're lucky, the new look will inspire some great play on the Jaguars part. The game starts at 4:05 PM EST on Sunday.no comments
I didn't want to acknowledge the possibility that Blaine Gabbert was a bust or Gene Smith could be fired before the season started, but at 1-3, it's time to address that issue.
Gene Smith took over as the Jaguars' head personnel man following the 2008 implosion. Since then, the best the Jaguars have done was a near divisional title two seasons ago. Now in his 4th season as the Jaguars general manager, we have to wonder, why isn't this team better?
It's possible to trace the Jaguars' problems back to Smith's hiring as the Jaguars' general manager. That was following the Jaguars' 2008 debacle, and the Jaguars decided to blow it up -- kind of. Jack Del Rio held on to his job, probably because the 2007 Jaguars had been such a solid team. David Garrard also retained his job as the team's starting quarterback.no comments
On a day that the Jaguars were pretty terrible, their mascot was able to provide a little comic relief by catching a kickoff and giving us a little dance to follow it up. (H/T Big Cat Country)
The Jaguars went on to lose the game 27-10 after struggling offensively all day long. It would seem that Jaxson de Ville can catch as well or better than the receivers the Jaguars currently employ.no comments
At 4:05 PM EST, the Jaguars (1-2) host the Cincinnati Bengals (2-1) in a game featuring oddly similar defenses. The Jaguars' unit is considerably better than the Bengals in points allowed, but when yardage is compared, they're nearly identical in total yards, rush yards and pass yards allowed.
With that in mind, it seems likely that the two sides' offenses will determine the winner of today's game. The Jaguars will once again rely heavily on Maurice Jones-Drew to carry a significant portion of their offense, but they have to get a big performance from Blaine Gabbert.
The Jaguars' offensive line is as healthy as it's been all season going into week four's game, and it seems likely that the Bengals will put points on the board. The big question is, can the Jaguars keep up?
Without announcing that I have a game plan for the Jaguars to follow, because I don't, I do believe the Jaguars should do their best to keep the Bengals off balance. There are plays to be had against the Bengals, and Gabbert needs to be in position to make those plays.
With that in mind, here are my 5 things to watch this afternoon.no comments
The Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2) will host the Cincinnati Bengals (2-1) on Sunday afternoon. Last Sunday, the Jaguars went on the road and won their first game under new team owner Shahid Khan and head coach Mike Mularkey, in a thrilling 22-17 win that saw Blaine Gabbert connect with receiver Cecil Shorts for an 80-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter. This afternoon, the Jaguars face a Bengals team that has won two games in a row, scoring at least 34 points in of those games. It will be a challenge for a Jaguars defense that is getting healthy.no comments