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Gus Bradley has assembled the framework for a winning record in 2014.
There are signs that the Bradley-Caldwell regime has this franchise primed to shed its losing ways. How quickly the Jags become a winner seems to be the only question.
It's bold to say this team finishes above 8-8 in 2014, but it's not out of the realm of possibility. The defense has the potential to make huge strides, maybe even becoming a top-10 unit statistically.
Bradley's schemes, coupled with the addition of key personnel such as Clemons, Hood and Red Bryant, make defense a genuine team strength and potential game-winner.
But as positive as things look on that side of the ball, don't rule out the offense springing a few surprises. Gerhart was a smart signing who will bring consistency and efficiency to the ground attack.
That will be important in supporting whoever is under center. The quarterback rotation may not be set in stone, but this passing game will feature a host of exciting weapons.
Receivers like Lee, Robinson, Cecil Shorts III and Ace Sanders will pose a lot of challenges for opposing coverage schemes. Just as important will be the creative play-calling from Fisch, who knows how to get his playmakers into space.
Of course, at the moment all of this is theory. Even if each factor listed here plays out as predicted, the Jags would face a tough climb to a winning record.
Their schedule is unforgiving. It features game against the NFC East, as well as road trips to the Baltimore Ravens and San Diego Chargers, per scheduling information from NFL.com.
But Jacksonville also calls a favorable division home and should enjoy hosting the Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins.
If the new faces deliver what is expected, this team can shock the league in 2014 by accelerating its rebuilding program ahead of schedule.