Jacksonville Jaguars...What's Next?

CommissionerContributor IJanuary 24, 2009

The Jacksonville Jaguars had high expectations after coming off a 12-4 season. Before the season, Matt Jones got arrested for Cocaine Possession, Fred Taylor got arrested for disorderly conduct, and Richard Collier found himself with an amputated leg after being shot multiple times.

The Jaguars offensive line suffered a lot of injuries, outside of Collier, such as Vince Manuwai, Uche Nwaneri, Chris Naeole, and Brad Meister, which hurt their running game and the play of David Garrard. Garrard, in fact, was sacked twice as many times as the previous season (21 last year, 42 this year).

The Jaguars need to focus on improving the offensive line to give David Garrard more time to find open receivers. The running game would look closer to normal and they would look more like the 2007 Jacksonville Jaguars. Look for OT Jason Smith from Baylor to be drafted, and I believe make a difference.

The Jaguars also need a new linebacker now that Mike Peterson is gonna be a free agent, Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs, and Bart Scott are all free agents and it's unlikely that Baltimore will be able to sign all three of them. Suggs is out of the question, but Ray Lewis or Bart Scott would be a fine addition.

They also need a new corner and Chris Gamble may also be available to fill a void.

Besides Matt Jones, none of their wide receivers produced. So they need a wide receiver, and T.J. Houshmandzadeh is available if the Bengals don't re-sign him.

They also may need a new defensive tackle as they have missed Marcus Stroud and if somehow they pass on Jason Smith with their first pick they could draft DT BJ Raji from Boston College. They probably will go with offensive line which hopefully means going after Albert Haynesworth!

We've seen what this Jaguars team can be potentially, they were a disappointment this year but do not count them out for next year, especially if their offseason looks anything like this.