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Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch needs to scheme more touchdowns.
The Jaguars were last in points per game with 15.4 and total points with 247 in 2013. The real troubling figure was only mustering 23 touchdowns.
As the season wore on, coordinator Jedd Fisch had to get creative to scheme ways of getting into the end zone. Jones-Drew threw a scoring pass to tight end Marcedes Lewis in a 32-28 road win over the Cleveland Browns in Week 13.
Sanders repeated that trick in the next game, another road win, 27-20 over the Houston Texans. Sanders connected with Todman on a well-crafted gadget play.
Fisch may have to be just as creative in 2014. Even with Gerhart and possibly Sanders in the fold, this offense is short of elite playmakers.
More than that, though, quarterback play will remain streaky if Henne stays at the helm. He is simply too inconsistent to deliver a steady stream of solid production.
Even if the Jags put a rookie under center, the inevitable learning curve will mean a few bumps in the road.
But no matter what deficiencies he faces in personnel, Fisch has to come up with ways to get his offense into the end zone more often.
That could mean an expanded role for Sanders as a "joker" weapon attacking from multiple positions. There is also room for an increased workload for Lewis and Harbor, two tight ends talented enough to cause defenses problems.
Expect the Jacksonville defense to be significantly tougher in 2014. It's up to Fisch and his offense to keep pace.
The key to improving most of their abysmal stats from 2013 lies up front for the Jaguars. Stronger play in the trenches will breed greater competency in other vital areas.
A more explosive, physically imposing D-line will mean more sacks and stiffer resistance against the run.
Greater authority along the offensive front will lead to a more productive ground game as well as giving Henne more time to connect with an underrated group of pass-catchers.
All stats via NFL.com, unless otherwise stated.