There is seemingly an endless list of questions that coaches, fans and journalists alike will have about every team before a season begins. Usually, the more times you say "yes" the better. What really instills confidence though is when there aren't even questions to answer.
There's an old saying I like to refer to this team a year; "The less questions you have about a team, the better they will probably be," or something like that. Of course, there are always teams that answer those questions (a la the 2007 Giants, who went from a mediocre team to Super Bowl champs.)While there are teams that will rise from the ashes, it's usually a safe bet to believe in a team that doesn't have any huge questions regarding key personnel, injuries and experience.
With all that in mind, the Jacksonville Jaguars have a lot of questions and "ifs" that must be worked out. They absolutely should not be ruled of contention before the season even begins, but a position-by-position breakdown reveals that there's an abundance of "ifs" an questions floating around out there. To further analyze how confidence fans should be of the team, we'll take a look at each position's positives, lingering questions and how the position should perform. We will follow this with an overall confidence level, running from 0-10, 10 being the highest.
Running Back/ Fullback
Pressing Question: Can Maurice Jones-Drew handle the load of being a primary back?
Breakdown: In his brief career, Maurice Jones-Drew has been nothing but dynamic, being a home-run threat every time he touches the ball while also earning a reputation for being one of the most physical backs in the league. If that wasn't enough, Jones-Drew is also a threat to catch the ball out of the backfield and he's also made his mark as a return man. Greg Jones will be paving the way for him, as the versatile Jones has become an elite blocker and is also a tough runner. Alvin Pearman, Chauncey Washington and Rashad Jennings will be Jones-Drew's backups. This will be the first time in over a decade that the team has been without Fred Taylor, who made the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career two years ago.
The Big If: If a running back can emerge behind Jones-Drew, then the four-year veteran can avoid fatigue and make the best of his carries. Every year he's been in the league, Jones-Drew has progressively gotten more carries but his average has dropped with that. A nice change-of-pace back might be needed to keep him fresh.
Our Call: This is Jones-Drew's chance to go from just a fantasy football geek's dream to a dominant back. Jennings has the potential to really compliment Jones-Drew. With a potentially beefed up offensive line and some tweaking of the offensive playbook, Jacksonville's running game should improve its 110 yard per game average last year.
Confidence Level: 7
Jaguars Confidence Rating: RB
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