The Jacksonville Jaguars seem to have a long way to go before they can even begin thinking about making the playoffs for the first time since the 2007 season. They are entering the first offseason of a complete rebuild after finishing with a franchise-worst 2-14 record in 2012, which got both general manager Gene Smith and head coach Mike Mularkey fired.
A new regime is in place, as new general manager David Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley look to steer the team in the right direction. Caldwell and Bradley have a lot of work to do to turn the Jaguars into a playoff contender, and it will realistically take several seasons to do so.
But the Jaguars don't have to look any further than the AFC South divisional rival Indianapolis Colts for inspiration. The Colts had a nine-game turnaround in 2012 to finish 11-5 and earn a playoff berth just one season after finishing with the worst record in the NFL.
Indianapolis made all the right moves last offseason, and Jacksonville will have to do the same if it wants to replicate the Colts success.
Here is the blueprint for how the Jaguars can make the playoffs in 2013.