For many Jacksonville Jaguars fans in the United States, London and anywhere else we can agree on one thing, trading Calais Campbell to the Baltimore Ravens for a 5th round draft pick was the worst move in franchise history. Scratch that, for the record, General Manager, Gene Smith and Head Coach, Jack Del Rio made the worst move in franchise history drafting Blaine Gabbert, University of Missouri when JJ Watt, Wisconsin was still on the draft board back in 2011. Nothing can surpass this blockhead move. The Jaguars suffered another losing season with a 6 - 10 record during the 2019-20 campaign along with a lot of drama from an controversial injured Jalen Ramsey and an underrated Leonard Fournette who has been trolling the team on social media for the past few weeks. If you think Nick Foles 4 year, 88M contract is the worst decision the front office has made over the last couple years, you’re not in the wrong. There are too many reasons why the Jacksonville Jaguars’ future still remains bleak.
Outside of Gardner Minshew, D.J. Chark and Josh Allen, what's in store for the Jaguars in the future? In London? It’s heading that way as they will become the first team to play two out of country home games next season. While Wembley Stadium welcomes a NFL team as research shows approximately 15M NFL fans are in the U.K. and very profitable, we can say with certainty there are not that many Jaguars’ fans in Jacksonville or anywhere else in the US. What ever happened to the 2017 AFC runner up for the Super Bowl LII? It’s simple, when the Jaguars still had Blake Bortles, they refused to build an offense around him, horrible offensive line play which eventually affected Fournette leaving Bortles to get sacked constantly in the pocket. A 5 year deal worth 66.5M for Andrew Norwell? Really? One right move by David Caldwell drafting Chark in the second round back in 2018, one problem though he was a dropping machine at first, he deemed worthy in year two. Another problem, Keelan Cole showed up for about three games a season and Dede Westbrook shouldn’t handle all that pressure on himself. Getting guys like Donte Moncrief and Seth Devalve didn’t work either leaving Bortles with Westbrook and a bunch of Nelson Agholor’s. After a shocking 5 - 11 season the Jaguars cleaned house, Bortles, Moncrief, T.J. Yeldon, Malik Jackson, Barry Church and Tashaun Gipson all in the 2018-19 offseason. After drafting Josh Allen with the 7th overall pick and signing Super Bowl LII MVP, Nick Foles along with speedy receiver, Chris Conley, what could go wrong? For starters the Jaguars went winless in the preseason and in Week 1 in 2019, Foles broke his collarbone in the Jaguars debut sidelining him for 10 weeks, talk about adding insult to injury. Backup to starter, rookie QB from Washington State, Garder Minshew snapped the Jaguars’ four game losing streak to the Tennessee Titans in Week 3, “Minshew Mania” was running wild. The Jaguars won a heart jumper against the Denver Broncos improving their record to 2-2, after back to back wins against the Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets, the Jaguars got whipped in London by the Houston Texans, 26 - 3 and from there the season unraveled. In the meantime, loudmouth, Jalen Ramsey got dealt to the Los Angeles Rams for two 1st round picks and a 4th round pick. Foles was so bad when he returned from injury, Minshew came back in Week 13 and ended the season with two more wins, coming back and beating the Oakland Raiders in Week 15 and throwing for 295-yards and 3 touchdowns in a meaningless Week 17 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts.
The Jaguars continue to be in trouble, but let’s talk about the positives first, Gardner Minshew played great for a 6th round draft pick along with D.J. Chark, Josh Allen and Calais Campbell all making the Pro Bowl. Now the negatives, their season AND offseason! The Campbell trade wasn’t the first terrible blunder but trading away shutdown cornerback, A.J. Bouye to the Denver Broncos for a 4th round pick was a head scratcher. Even after the trades, the Jaguars are still in negative cap space not to mention Fournette and Yannick Ngakoue will need lengthy extensions next offseason. Although the Chicago Bears are interested in Nick Foles, the Jaguars would have to retain at least half of Foles salary to make the trade go through. Another thing, Marqise Lee, Telvin Smith and Myles Jack should be traded or cut sometime in the near future to make the best of free agency. Picking up cornerback, Darqueze Dennard and linebacker, Joe Schobert and two upcoming first round draft picks, could this be a rebound in sight for the Jaguars’ organization? Finally, it would be best for GM, David Caldwell and owner, Shahid Khan to sever ties with lousy head coach, Doug Marrone in his make or break year.