2010 NFL Preview: Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars went through a rough patch late in the 2009 season. This was a team that was 7-5 going into the final month of the season and were in control of the first Wild Card in the AFC. They offense sputtered, the defense cracked, and the end result was four straight losses en route to a 7-9 finish. Although an improvement from the 2008 season (5-11), it was still labeled a disappointment for the team and its fans.
Now Jack Del Rio has to find a way to keep the Jags competitive with the Colts, Texans, and Titans. If he felt the hot seat a year ago, he is most definitely feeling it now. How will this season turn out in Northern Florida? Let's find out.
- 2009 Record: (7-9, 4th AFC South, missed playoffs)
- Key Additions: DE Aaron Kampman (Green Bay Packers), LB Kirk Morrison (Oakland Raiders)
- Key Departures: WR Torry Holt (New England Patriots), OL Tra Thomas (San Diego Chargers), DT John Henderson (Oakland Raiders), DE Reggie Hayward (free agency)
Offense: David Garrard is back under center, and he will have to play a lot better than he played in the final four games of a year ago. He is the best quarterback for this team, and he will have to use more of his mobility to be an effective player. Just as it was in 2009, Garrard will be backed up by Luke McCown. The team did add Trevor Harris out of Edinboro University to the third string spot.
The star of the Jaguars' offensive attack is fantasy football favorite (and enthusiast) Maurice Jones-Drew. In his first full season as the feature back, he ran for 1,391 yards and 15 touchdowns, and a very good 4.5 yards per carry. He will be getting the bulk of the carries, but do not be surprised to see Rashad Jennings get some more carries as teams go to the two back system.Continued on the next page