Originally written on Gridiron Grit  |  Last updated 10/5/12
Follow @Dan Vasta http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-08-25/sports/sc-spt-0826-nfl-nfc-north-caps–20120826_1_nfc-preview-jay-cutler-nick-perry The Jacksonville Jaguars were once upon a time a playoff caliber of a team every season when they had Mark Brunell and David Garrard as their quarterbacks but that was all because of the skill players around them (and one hell of a defense). While Maurice Jones-Drew is still a top 5 back, Fred Taylor and Jimmy Smith are no longer around to bail this team out. Instead, first rounder Justin Blackmon and Mercedes Lewis need to perform like All-Pro’s if they expect to avoid a disastrous 2012 campaign. I mention those two youngsters because this defense is horrendous. They rank 21st in points allowed (24.2), 20th in passing yards allowed (254.5) and 30th against the run (150.2). We talk about how the NFL is a quarterback driven league and that sadly is why the Jags offense (and defense) is so putrid. Every month if not more often you will ru...
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