The Jaguars are beginning to move away from the team that was considered a “laughing stock” for the first half of last season. No more radio and television hosts suggesting that they won’t win a single game, no more attendance jokes and finally the team is getting a little respect from the media.
On Sports Illustrated’s All-NFL Underrated Defense, the Jaguars led any team with three players. What’s better is that they had a representative on each level of the defense. Defensive lineman Sen’Derrick Marks, linebacker Paul Posluszny and cornerback Alan Ball were each honored by SI writer Doug Farrar.
Marks seems to be a perfect fit on the Jacksonville defensive line in Gus Bradley’s “Seattle 2.0” defense as he was an early pick that was cast-off from the Tennessee Titans. Posluszny is a middle linebacker who doesn’t make a ton of game-changing plays but is always in the right spot and more than solid. Part of what keeps him from getting more praise is the wealthy free-agent contract he signed when coming to Jacksonville. Still, Poz is one of the very best middle linebackers in football, regardless of his salary.
Alan Ball is one of the most improbable successful Jaguars as he was a mediocre safety on a mediocre defense in Dallas, and moved to what many feel is a tougher position at cornerback. Since being moved into Gus Bradley’s defense, Ball has thrived and again, the Jaguars defense has the makings of what Bradley helped build in Seattle, a team that took home all the hardware in 2013.
The Jaguars over/under win total remains at 5 in Las Vegas. I’m not sure if it’s a slam-dunk that they will eclipse that being that the offense has numerous questions at every position. Still, this team will be in a lot of 13-10 types of games and this will be certainly a top-half defense in the league with the potential to be a Top 10 unit, assuming the offense doesn’t put them in horrible positions.
Jaguars Lead NFL's All-Underrated Defense
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