2020 Jacksonville Jaguars Review
The Jacksonville Jaguars won their season opener in 2020 and then proceeded to lose the next 15 games, costing head coach Doug Marrone his job. The terrible season did land the Jaguars the number 1 overall draft pick and should help them in the future.
Both sides of the football were a complete mess for Jacksonville in 2020, and the team appeared to give up near the end of the season.
2021 Jaguars Offseason Additions
The biggest additions for the Jaguars this offseason came in the First Round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Jacksonville selected Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick and then took his college teammate, Travis Etienne, later in that round.
Urban Meyer was also brought in as the new head coach, and that could potentially be bigger than any roster decision that was made.
2021 Jaguars Offseason Departures
Wide receiver Keelan Cole signed a one-year deal with the New York Jets, and he will be missed in Jacksonville. The Jaguars also lost defensive tackle, Al Woods, in free agency, and that will leave a big hole on the defense.
Three Key Factors to a Winning Season
Meyer Adjusting to NFL Coaching
Urban Meyer can coach, but he has only proven that at the college level. He is going to have to adjust quickly to coaching in the NFL if this franchise is going to turn things around.
Keeping Lawrence Healthy
If Trevor Lawrence is able to play all 18 games this season, then the Jaguars will have a shot at some real growth. Lawrence is going to go through some growing pains, but the offensive line has to ensure that this is the only form of pain Lawrence suffers this season.
The defense needs to play much better in 2021 than they did in 2020, especially to help take some pressure off of Lawrence. Jacksonville does not face a ton of great offenses this season, and the defense needs to be better than league average.
Rating Their Schedule
While most teams will focus on the most difficult games on their schedule in 2021, the Jaguars should be focusing on games that they can win. The schedule starts off relatively soft as the first four opponents all failed to reach the playoffs in 2020.
Week 4 at Cincinnati should be a fun game to watch as it will be Joe Burrow facing off against Trevor Lawrence. The Colts host the Titans in Week 5, and this will be the first real tough test of the season for Jacksonville.
The Jaguars face the Colts in Weeks 10 and 18, and this will be another chance to show how much progress they have made against one of the best teams in the division.
Expectations in 2021
The Jaguars are not going to be a strong team in 2021, but they should be much better. This team will also be a fun team to follow, especially if the young talent proves to live up to the hype.
There are some winnable games on the schedule, and getting to six wins seems like a real possibility. Jacksonville is not going to sniff the playoffs in 2021, but this season could set them up for some future success.