Strides Taken in 2011

Although the Jaguars win/loss record was disappointing, they did see the defense emerge to a number six ranking in the NFL. We will look at what went right and wrong in 2011.

WHAT WENT RIGHT: The Jaguars rebuilt the defense this year with several important additions to the secondary, including middle linebacker Paul Posluszny and Clint Session and safeties Dwight Lowery and Dawan Landry, nickel back Drew Coleman and defensive end Matt Roth.

They all played key roles in helping the Jaguars improve their defense from 28th to fifth in the league.

The Jaguars did it even though Session and Roth were sidelined with concussions and even though they placed 11 defensive backs on the injured reserve list, including starters Rashean Mathis and Derek Cox. In addition, defensive end Aaron Kampman was limited to three games before he went on IR.

The defense was anchored at defensive tackle by Tyson Alualu and Terrance Knighton. Alualu played all year with a cartilage problem in his knee but was still effective, although he may undergo surgery. Defensive end Jeremy Mincey led the team with eight sacks, five against the Colts.

WHAT WENT WRONG: The offense was the worst in the league even though Maurice Jones-Drew won the rushing title with 1,606 yards.

Blaine Gabbert was the lowest-rated quarterback in the league with a 65.4 passer rating with 12 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions. He also had 14 fumbles and lost five.

The Jaguars also were handicapped because their receiver corps wasn't productive. They even cut one of their starters, Jason Hill, late in the season.

Mike Thomas led the team with only 44 catches, while Jones-Drew was second with 43 catches.

The team hopes that Gabbert will improve in his second year, especially if he gets a better receiving corps and better coaching.

This year, however, the passing game was the worst in the league.

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