Okay, I’m going to put on both my optimists hat and my pessimists hat and let you decide which one looks best.
After the Jaguars 17-10 loss to the Titans, in which direction will the Jaguars season go? I opine, you decide.
The Optimist: Look at last season. The Jaguars looked even worse last year and they still made the playoffs. Plus, the Colts lost their opener at home! The Jaguars will have a chance to play the Colts in two weeks. They’ll be fine against the Bills at home. Last year, the Jaguars figured things out after the loss to the Titans and won their next four games.
David Garrard was uncharacteristically wild with the ball. He had three turnovers on Sunday. That’s not likley to happen again. Plus, do you think that Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew will be held to 33 yards again? Not likely.
With the big returns form Brian Witherspoon, better play from the offensive line and a week of preparation that won’t be hurt by a teammate being shot will all lead to the Jaguars team we expect to see this year.
The Pessimist: The offensive line is in serious trouble. First, the Jaguars have some serious depth issues. There is nobody who knows the offense who you can trust at left tackle. Vince Manuwai’s knee injury could be very serious. Mo Williams and Uche Nwaneri both were injured on Sunday, too. Who’s left?
And are you sure that David Garrard is going to be the quarterback he was last year? The history of the NFL is filled with one year wonders. Garrard threw three interceptions last year. He threw two on Sunday. He wouldn’t be the first guy to get a big contract then go in the tank.
And just because Richard Collier got shot last week doesn’t mean that the Jaguars will stop worrying about him. He’s in the hospital for crying out loud! Of course they’ll be thinking about him.
The Jaguars still didn’t get any significant pressure on the quarterback on Sunday. Their counting on rookies to develop a pass rush. When that doesn’t happen they blitz and you saw what happened, the Titans dumped it off to the tight end and he journeyed to the center of the Jaguars defense. And that was Kerry Collins. What happens when its Peyton Manning?
Summary: You decide. Is the optimist right or is the pessimist on the mark? Leave your comments below.