2012 Season Preview: Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars had another mediocre season last year, finishing with a 5-11 record. The man under center was Blaine Gabbert, who was selected #10 overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. Unfortunately, Gabbert struggled through most of the 2012 season. He posted a measly 50.6% completion percentage, threw for 12 TDs to 11 Ints, and threw for 2,214 yards with a terrible QB rating of 65.4. However, it’s no secret the Jaguars had a very weak receiving corps. With new talent on the receiving core, Gabbert should improve. If not, it may be time to move in a different direction.

Before the season started, the Jaguars wanted to start veteran QB David Garrard and then bring in Gabbert slowly. But when Garrard started to develop back issues, the Jaguars released him and named Luke McCown starting QB Week 1 against the Tennessee Titans. The Jaguars would go on to beat the Titans in the first regular game. The next game wasn’t the same story. In the second regular season game against the New York Jets, Luke McCown had the worst QB rating for a starting QB in Jaguars history with a 1.8 QB rating. The Jags decided it was time to start Blaine Gabbert.

On November 29, the Jaguars decided to fire longtime Head Coach Jack Del Rio after a 3-8 start, and they named Mel Tucker Interim Head Coach. The Jaguars would go on to end the season with a 5-11 record.

 

Free Agent Additions:

QB Chad Henne, WR Laurent Robinson, WR Lee Evans (now released), CB Aaron Ross

Draft Picks: 

WR Justin Blackmon, DE Andre Branch, P Bryan Anger, OLB Brandon Marshall, CB Mike Harris, DT Jeris Pendleton

Offseason Losses:

DE Matt Roth, DE Aaron Kampman, DT Leger Douzable, CB Drew Coleman.

 

The additions of Laurent Robinson and Justin Blackmon should add a needed boost to the offense. Blaine Gabbert didn’t have much to work with last year, so this year I expect more out of Gabbert with new weapons. The Jaguars defense is looking Top 10 worthy right now, and the addition of Aaron Ross makes it even better. The Maurice Jones-Drew holdout is what will really stop this team from competing at a high-level. They need to get MJD back with the team if they want to have any playoff hopes. I don’t foresee the Jaguars being playoff contenders this year, but if Gabbert keeps showing improvement, they will be there soon enough.

Projected Record: 4-12

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