The "Power Core" Pre-Season Power Rankings #26
The clock final struck Midnight last year for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Age, injuries and the salary cap took their toll and the Jags had their worst record since the franchises innagural season. The biggest surprise has to be that Tom Coughlin is still the coach. New blood needs to be installed into this team and Coughlin's outdated ways need to go back to the college ranks.
#26 Jacksonville (6 - 10 Fifth in AFC Central)
After 4 years of playoffs, two AFC Championship games and one division championship, the Jacksonville Jaguars have truly set a standard for all new franchises to follow. Unfortunatley owner Wayne Weaver played his trump card to early and now the money has all dried up.
The Good: Jimmy Smith is still a top tier wide receiver. He returned pretty successfully last season from injury and provides the one consistent spark on offense. If Fred Taylor is healthy he one of the top 5 runners in the game…that's a big if. Mark Brunell can still put up big numbers even though he can't run from defenses anymore. Tony Brackens can still be force if he stays healthy.
The Bad: Depth is a huge problem. The Jags lost the Charlie Batch sweepstakes to the Steelers and Pro Bowlers Tony Boselli, Gary Walker, Kevin Hardy, Hardy Nickerson are all gone. Patrick Johnson will not be an upgrade over Keenan McCardell. And they also acquired All-Pro Bobby Shaw…okay I couldn't write that without laughing. Bobby "Superman" Shaw is only using Jacksonville as his one-year world domination tour. How much do you want to bet that he doesn't start even a third of the games this year?
The Ugly: Ticket sales dropped from 67,000 to 55,000 in 3 years. The fans want a new stadium and Jacksonville is only 7 years old as a franchise. Are those Jacksonville fans the most pathetic losers or what?Synopsis: This team deserves better treatment from its fans especially after the incredible run they had out of starting gates. And hey how about a new coach while their at it. They won't finish last in the AFC South, but they'll pretty close.