The Jacksonville Jaguars fell to the Colts in week 17, 28-14. The loss bookmarked the end of a season in which the Jags went 1-15, officially their worst season on record. The Colts, on the other hand, needed this victory to force their way into the playoffs. They rode a stellar performance from rookie running back Jonathon Taylor while on their way to 437 yards of offense. The Jaguar defense, yet again, could do very little to stop the opposing team’s attack.
On offense, Jacksonville got their only points on touchdown catches from Laviska Shenault Jr., who posted 68 yards on 6 catches. Wideout Chris Conley led all receivers with 87 yards on 7 receptions. Mike Glennon once again started at quarterback, going 26/42 for 261 yards passing and 2 touchdowns. Dare Ogunbowale was the leading Jaguars rusher with 50 yards on 14 carries. However, Jonathon Taylor was the star of the day. He led the Colts attack with 253 yards and 2 touchdowns on 30 carries. One of his scores was a 45-yard gash up the middle while his other was a leaping goal-line carry to punctuate a scoring drive.
The end of the 2020 season shifts the Jags into offseason mode. Many new developments are on the horizon and fans are abuzz with excitement. The Jaguars have the number one overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, and barring any startling news they are fully expected to take Trevor Lawrence, the stud quarterback from Clemson, with that pick. He is considered to be a generational talent, the highest graded rookie quarterback since Andrew Luck came out of Stanford. The possibility of having a legit franchise quarterback to build the team around could catapult this team’s future into a positive direction.
There have also been numerous rumors circulating about the future of head coach Doug Marrone. Many expect the team to move on from Marrone as soon as this coming week. General Manager Dave Caldwell was fired on November 29th and the team publicly committed to allowing Marrone to finish out the season. Marrone has coached the team to a 23-42 record over his five-year tenure.
Jacksonville supposedly has a couple high profile replacements in mind. The biggest name swirling around in the rumor pot is that of former college football coach Urban Meyer. Meyer previously coached the Florida Gators and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Reports are out that suggest Meyer expects to land the with the Jaguars and is already preparing his staff. Current OSU coach Ryan Day has also found his name in the mix. He has received a big bump in his stock following a New Year’s Day trouncing of Trevor Lawrence and his Clemson Tigers, outdueling opposing coach Dabo Swinney.
Only time will tell what the intentions of Jaguars ownership are, and Lawrence still has yet to declare for the NFL Draft, but the buzz is positive surrounding a team that endured such a negative season. The Jaguars have some young talent on the offensive side of the ball and a stud at quarterback could immediately transform this offense. A strong effort in the draft to address the defensive side of the ball could allow this team to compete with the rest of the AFC South. A new era is coming, Jacksonville Fans, just hang on a little longer.