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Commentary: Worst Season Ever

Since I arrived in Jacksonville and began covering the Jaguars in November of 1996, this is the worst stretch of football that I’ve seen from the Jaguars.

True, the Jaguars have had losing streaks, but the Jaguars have now lost 4 straight and 6 of their last 7. The only win in that stretch? Winless Detroit.

I tried really hard to find bright spots yesterday. And there were a few. I detailed them in my story on our Jaguars Blog.

But to be honest, those few bright spots are so few and far between that at one point in the third quarter, I turned to Executive Producer Joe Fortunato and said “This can’t end soon enough.”

Joe tried to disagree, but he couldn’t. I don’t think anyone can.

The Jaguars offense has been putrid. The defense has been average at best (and somehow, by comparison, the defense has seemed pretty good).

The worst season of the Jaguars from my perspective, was 2000, because the Jaguars fell so far short of the expectations. That is, until this season.

I’ll say it now: this is the worst season in Jaguars history. If the Jaguars don’t win again (and that’s not out of the question), they’ll tie the 1995 team for the worst record in Jaguars history, 4-12.

Now the good news. This doesn’t have to carry over to 2009. We’ve learned this year that momentum ends when the season ends.

The Jaguars can be contenders next year if a few things happen:

They get Vince Manuwai and Mo Williams back playing at their previous levels at guard
They address the left tackle position and make center competitive
They lock up Maurice Jones-Drew to a long term deal
David Garrard turns things around
The Jaguars improve their wide receiving corps. Right now, it’s as bad as the offensive line.
Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves improve as pass rushers
John Henderson and Rob Meier play better and they add at least one more contributor at defensive tackle.
The Jaguars find a defensive approach that suits their personnel
The punting game improves
And perhaps most importantly, the Jaguars get back to being a physical team. A tougher training camp can help here.

If the Jaguars complete that checklist, they can be a contender in 2009.

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One Response to “Commentary: Worst Season Ever”

  1. Norm says:

    I completely agree.

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