The next team up on our Gridiron Blitz is the Jacksonville Jaguars
Music to listen to: Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd
I’ve been looking forward to doing this post since I started this series just to post that song. I dare you to listen to that song when you’re going through a rough period and not at least reflect on some things and not at least potentially tear up a little bit.
Current State: Besides Maurice Jones-Drew, give me the name of one other Jaguar? I’ll even spot you David Gerrard.
The biggest problem with this entire preview coming up is that despite how much I write about the quarterback position or how they will rebuild the secondary, the main thought that you have about these guys is how long will it be before the Jaguars move to Los Angeles.
When you only have around 38,000 season tickets sold when you have to have at least 50,000 to avoid having your own home games blacked out, that’s a problem.
Biggest Change: General manager Gene Smith has tried to revamp the defense with the addition of former Green Bay Packer, defensive end Aaron Kampman and first-round draft pick, defensive tackle Tyson Alualu. Along those lines, the team hopes that a position change for defensive lineman Derrick Harvey from the right to the left side.
Uniform Grade: The unis are decent. I do enjoy the teal color jerseys. They have strated to rely a little much on the black but its ok. Grade: B-
Best Player: If MJD was in a bigger market and a better team, he would be regarded as one of the top running backs in the league by most fans. Fantasy football players know all about him but average viewers of the NFL may not realize that not only is he an excellent receiver but catches the ball better than most receivers in the league as well.
Most Important Player: Usually, this player is most likely a quarterback. However, Gerrard provides me with no inspiration and may not even be starting by the end of the season.
So this will go to Eugene Monroe, the left tackle, because if this team plans to do anything this season, the offensive line has to at least be competent.
Best Case: They sell some tickets and don’t finish with the worst record in the league.
Worst Case: Last season.
Coaching: Jack Del Rio has led the Jags to two playoff appearances in his seven years but has an overall record of 57-55 and that pretty much explains his tenure and the entire state of the franchise during his time.
First Memory of team: I remember Jacksonville being a surprise good team in the mid 1990’s. In fact, I remember watching them beat Denver one year in the playoffs and almost defeat New England in the AFC title game that same season.
That’s all I got.
Schedule: They have to deal with Tennessee, Houston and Indianapolis in the division.
As far as home games, they get Denver, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Oakland and Washington. That’s not bad. The road games will be San Diego, Buffalo, Kansas City, Dallas and the New York Giants.
City Nicknames: I found only three. The River City, Jax and J-Ville. All of them are terrible.
Fantasy Focus: MJD is a legit potential top-back in the entire league. Other than that, avoid this squad completely.
Overall Outlook: This is going to be a rough time for this team. Hopefully some of the young Jaguars can mature and give them a chance to build towards something in the future.
Final Record: 3-13
Gridiron Blitz 2010 Season Previews:
New England Patriots
New York Jets