The Jacksonville Jaguars play football in the South Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) that also features the Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, and Houston Texans. They have a Won-Loss record of 4-7 primarily because their offense has been up-and-down and their defense has been very inconsistent.
The truth is that the Jaguars are a young team trying to improve on both sides of the ball. Blake Bortles, a second year quarterback, leads the offense that also features Allen Hurns and TJ Yeldon, which can score points quickly, but can also go “three and out” several times in any game the team plays. Simply stated, the offense is not the short-or-long-term problem for this northern Florida squad.
It is, by every measure, the defense that has to get better for the team to become a regular playoff participant. The reality for this squad’s defense in the 2015-2016 Season is that it has made some strides. While it still ranks as one of the ten worst defenses in the entire National Football League (NFL), it is improving and nearing the point where it will be considered respectable or, put another way, dependable.
The Jaguars, in fact, have been giving up an average of twenty seven points per game. Opposing offenses have been able to average 5.3 yards per play which makes it difficult for this team’s defense to get off the field so that its offense can get on the field and score points.
Jacksonville’s sometimes reliable defense also allows an average of over two hundred sixty five passing yards per game, an area in which it has to improve. Interestingly, this young squad does perform well against teams that try to run against it. Its rushing defense allows less than one hundred yards per game to opponents.
Clearly, the Jacksonville Jaguars are a team with a plan and a squad that is getting better on both sides of the ball. Its offense is already showing that it can reach an opponent’s end zone often enough to win a game. But unless the defense can “shut down” an opposing offense when the game is on the line, wins will remain elusive and infrequent.
That is the problem that faces Jacksonville right now, a concern that is driving management to make changes and improvements to the roster that will elevate this team into the upper echelon of the league. It’s a process that takes time, but it does seem like the Jacksonville Jaguars are moving in the right direction. The Jaguars lost first round pick Dante Fowler Jr. before the season started to injury which hurt the defense.
When this team finally has a defense that ranks in the top half of the league, and not the bottom half, it will be the kind of squad that other teams prefer to avoid, a dangerous team that can topple any foe.
Jacksonville has not reached that elite status yet. Its defense, while showing signs of improvement, is still a key factor in its lack of success. The odds are that the defense that the Jaguars put on the field will get better, sooner rather than later.
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