Head Coach Jack del Rio cannot pinpoint exactly what part of last season turned it to the dark side. Was it the loss for the season of two starting guards in the first quarter of the first game of the season or, the vicious attack and murder of tackle Richard Collier or center Brad Meester going down for the first two months of the season. Even the replacement guard signed at mid season( Chris Naeole) was injured in pre game warm ups. This would enough to take the strongest of teams down and the franchise is lucky the team finished at 5-11 and not further down.
The franchise looked upon the disappointing season with more than just apathy. They went through in the offseason and cleaned house of every player who was not a “character” guy. The team said goodbye to Fred Taylor, Paul Spicer and Mike Peterson. They also unloaded on ineffective players Jerry Porter, Dratyon Florence, Matt Jones, Reggie Williams, Khalif Barnes and Gerald Sensabaugh.
The team has plugged most of the holes but are still unsure if a 32 year old Torry Holt is the answer at receiver and if Sean Considine can handle the strong safety position (which most every scout in the league says no).
Be sure to catch the preseason and get your season tickets to root your Jaguars on to the playoffs.