By Eric Schmidt

There were some pretty poor performances witnessed around the NFL on Sunday. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers stunk up their contests but perhaps no team looked worse than the Jacksonville Jaguars. One has to wonder if this team is capable of winning a game this season. One thing in favor of the Jaguars is that if they go winless, they will have their pick of drafting an actual quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft.

QB Blaine Gabbert is not a starting NFL quarterback. He might have to sit next week when the team travels to Oakland after receiving 15 stitches on his right hand when he got his hand stuck in an opposing players facemask. If Gabbert can’t go, Chad Henne will get the starting nod. Henne did manage to get more out of the Jacksonville offense when he played last season. Gabbert’s afternoon saw him finish with a 3.47 yards per attempt average, the seventh lowest number since 1960.

The Jacksonville offense is horrible. Fans will point to the return of Justin Blackmon, who is serving a suspension. Yes, he can move the chains but really? How long before Blackmon implodes once again. Maurice Jones-Drew is showing his age and looks like a back approaching 30 while coming off a serious foot injury.

While the addition of Marcedes Lewis and Justin Blackmon might actually help the Jaguars find the endzone, but in order to win, you need to score more points than your opponent and the Jacksonville defense is not ready to stop anyone.

Defensively, there is just too much youth on the roster. Rookie head coach Gus Bradley will have to go through some very difficult growing pains this year. He might have to endure a winless season.

Seriously. Look at the schedule. The week two contest against the Oakland Raiders looked to be a winnable game, and it might still be, but they were very close to upsetting the Indianapolis Colts on the road. The Colts were a 10 point home favorite. There is the chance of peeling away a win over the Tennessee Titans. There is a road game against the Cleveland browns, but weather could be a factor on December 1.

It’s difficult for teams to go completely winless during a regular season. It’s likely that the Jaguars will steal away two or three wins, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they go winless.

Jaguars fans should not be depressed though. If my team were undergoing a rebuilding process, I’d rather get a top five pick in the upcoming draft than struggle to a 7-9 season and get a middle of the road selection. Recent history has shown how quickly a last place team can rebound the next year. Last season, the Indianapolis Colts demonstrated that. This year the Kansas City Chiefs might do the same.






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