Jaguars Notes

Although the season didn't end the way many in Jacksonville would have hoped there still were plenty of highlights. Here are a few milestones that the Jaguars achieved.



QB David Garrard set the single-season franchise record with 23 touchdown passes (MARK BRUNELL, 20). He also had five rushing touchdowns in 2010 and now has 17 for his career. He passed Brunell (14) for the most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in team history.

Garrard's 157.8 passer rating in Week 8 was the highest single-game mark in franchise history.

RB MAURICE JONES-DREW rushed for 1,324 yards in 2010 to reach 1,000 rushing yards in back-to-back seasons (1,391 in 2009). He joins FRED TAYLOR as the only players in franchise history to accomplish the feat.

His 186 rushing yards in Week 13 were the third-most in a game in Jaguars history.

TE MARCEDES LEWIS (10) became the second player in club history with 10 receiving touchdowns (WR REGGIE WILLIAMS, 10 in 2007).

Maurice Jones-Drew is also a finalist for the NFL Alumni Running Back of the Year, and was the only running back in Jaguars history that was voted as Pro Bowl starter.

Improvement?

The Jaguars increased their win total from seven to eight from 2009 to 2010. Let's see how the final stats compared:

2009 offense- 18th overall (10th rushing, 19th passing) Scoring- 24th- 18.1 ppg. QB rating- 16th- 83.2.

2010 offense- 15th overall (3rd rushing, 27th passing) Scoring- 18th- 22.1 ppg. QB rating- 16th- 83.4.

2009 defense- 23rd overall (19th rushing, 27th passing) Scoring- 24th- 23.8 ppg. Opponents QB rating- 30th- 96.0.

2010 defense- 28th overall (22nd rushing, 28th passing) Scoring- 27th- 26.2 ppg. Opponents QB rating- 31st- 98.5.

What do the stats tell us? Offensively, the Jaguars are completely one-dimensional. In today's NFL, it's very difficult to be a playoff team without having a legitimate passing attack. The Jaguars passing game regressed in 2010 despite having break out seasons by tight end Marcedes Lewis and wide receiver Mike Thomas.

Defensively, the Jaguars were bad in 2009. As bad as they were in 2009, they were worse across the board in 2010 despite spending most of their draft on stiffening the defensive line and adding Kirk Morrison at linebacker. The secondary definitely took a few steps back as the Jaguars safeties were the worst in professional football and Derek Cox regressed from a mediocre rookie season.

How do they get better? We will discuss and evaluate each position group over the coming weeks and ascertain if there is a need for an upgrade and if so, potentially available players that would represent upgrades.


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