Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/1/13
No one thought the season would be like this.Now, instead of being a team the media talks about being a rising star, the television outlets and sports personalities are having a field day with an 0-16 outlook and comments about how a game with Denver in two weeks could be entertaining to see how badly this team gets blown out.We do hear comments like that about college games where FSU play the Sisters of the Poor.The fact remains this is not what the fans and local media members ponied up for this season - one that seemed full of promise in that the team would improve week to week.Everyone looks like they might be in over their heads. Everyone looks a little lost. Blaine Gabbert looks like a deer in headlights. Maurice Jones-Drew looks two steps slower. The secondary will be very good, but it is a work in progress.Everyone talks about what would have happened if the Jaguars had drafted Russell Wilson, not Bryan Anger. We will never know that. The draft is a crap shoot. Someone else could have traded up to select him. People wonder why the team did not take Matt Barkley in the fourth round this season.Barkley is still a backup in Philadelphia.The quarterback position will be answered in the draft and free agency next season.Before there is progress, there are aches and pains. Those are being experienced right now in this city with its fans. The ownership is working to give fans the best possible experience on game day, but have forgotten the win is more important to this community than anything else. The most pressing issues with our team right now, besides a much needed win are as follows…A depleted rosterEvery team is given the same opportunity to make the same roster moves each year. Some teams are better than others.There is a “formula” or a “profile” this franchise is using to bring players in for a “look.” The way the team has played and the formula used should be revamped. Alex Smith, Tyson Clabo, Eric Winston, and former Jaguars Daryl Smith and Greg Jones all could have been on this roster. The team may have made mistakes in letting Jordan Shipley good and not taking a look at Brandon Lloyd.Extremely poor offensive line playThe fact this team should have two players from this year’s roster return on the offensive line next season tells the entire story.I made a major mistake in thinking this line would be pretty good this season. Eugene Monroe is going to walk in free agency. Uche Nwaneri could be back. This should be Brad Meester’s last season in teal and Will Rackley cannot stay healthy. The only certainty is Luke Joeckel.While Maurice Jones-Drew is decidedly slower than he has ever been, the line has not helped him in any way. Free agency will play a major role in adding depth and starters to this unit next season.Team leadershipThe loss of Greg Jones, Daryl Smith and Rashean Mathis to free agency really hurt this team. Jones and Smith could have been impact players this season, Mathis was on the tail end of his career.What all three bring to the table is leadership and hard play that could be infectious to younger players. I love what this team has done with its secondary, but the youth movement of this franchise has all but crushed it.Where are the veterans to step up in the locker room and call player-only meetings? Where are the veterans (beside MJD) who are tired of losing and become vocal. And no, I am not talking about a second or third-year pro.The one thing you could say about this team early in its rise in the late 1990s is it had an identity and it had resolve. There was character in the players and their play. There is none of that now.Moving forwardWhat happens now? It cannot get worse than it is at this very moment. There may be a mutiny by the fans and the media will continue to destroy this franchise until it wins a game. But honestly, Cleveland and Buffalo are no sure things anymore. They could have beaten Oakland and if they were better, could have beaten Kansas City. And everyone is waiting for the game against Denver.Everything is a wait and see approach. The Jaguars have become a very reactive team when it needs to be more proactive.
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