Jacksonville Jaguars low in way-too-early 2017 power rankings

Dec 24, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA;  Jacksonville Jaguars interim head coach Doug Marrone walks the field before an NFL Football game against the Tennessee Titans at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

With the 2016/2017 season officially over, don’t expect many people to give the Jacksonville Jaguars respect this offseason.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are halfheartedly closing the book on the Gus Bradley era, moving forward with interim coach Doug Marrone and two coordinators that participated in the condoning of a losing culture.

As you might be able to glean from my writings, I’m not exactly high on the moves the Jaguars made this offseason in restructuring the front office and coaching staff. Bringing in Tom Coughlin seems like a good idea and Marrone is a good coach in a vacuum, but there’s quite a bit returning to a team that went 3-13 in 2016.

Unsurprisingly, my sentiment is shared by quite a few people in the national media, including the folks doing the year end (or really early 2017) power rankings:

ESPN.com

27. Jacksonville Jaguars

2016 record: 3-13

Why they’re here: Nine consecutive non-winning seasons bottomed out with a 2016 record that tied for the second worst in franchise history. Quarterback Blake Bortles took a step backward in his third season, finishing with the NFL’s third-lowest QBR (49.2) and completion percentage (58.9) and forcing an end to coach Gus Bradley’s tenure. If new coach Doug Marrone and vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin remain committed to Bortles, as they appear to be, you won’t see much public confidence in the Jaguars’ chances to improve in 2017.

What could change: The Jaguars have some nice pieces on defense that could coalesce in a different coaching environment. If Coughlin’s tough love filters onto the field, a group that includes defensive linemen Dante Fowler Jr., Malik Jackson and Yannick Ngakoue — along with cornerback Jalen Ramsey — could prosper. The Jaguars also have the No. 4 overall pick and, barring a trade, will have five top-five picks on their roster when training camp opens.

USA Today

26.  Jacksonville Jaguars

Tom Coughlin had taken them to two AFC title games in five years after starting from Square 1. Team’s new czar at least at Square 5 now.

FOX Sports

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