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2013 NFL Preview: AFC South

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Reasons to be Cautious:

Blaine Gabbert – Not that Henne is good either, but I am not exactly sure how Gabbert won this job. In 2 less games, Henne threw 2 more TDs and 422 more yards. Not to mention, Shorts and Blackmon took off with Henne at QB. In 9 games with Gabbert, Shorts and Blackmon combined for 55 catches, 811 yards and 5 TDS. In 7 games with Henne (just 5 for Shorts), this duo accounted for 64 catches, 1,033 yards and 7 TDs. The offense also averaged 4.2 ppg more under Henne than under Gabbert (18.3 to 14.1). Chances are high that the Jags will be looking for a new QB in 2014. I find it hard to believe that Tim Tebow was not a better option for this team in 2013 than Gabbert or Henne.

Defense – 2-14 teams rarely have good defenses. The 2012 Jags were no different. The Jags were 30th overall (6,088 yards), 22nd against the pass, 30th against the run, T-29th giving up 27.8 ppg and had just 23 takeaways. I like the pick of John Cyprien, but I don’t see him making a huge difference. Outside of Posluszny and Babin, this defense does not have much.
Overall:

The Jags have some playmakers at the skill positions (MJD, Shorts, Blackmon), but they are terrible at the QB position and on defense. That is a recipe for disaster. Mark my word, the Jags will look better in 2013 and win more than the 2 games they won in 2012, but it won’t be many more.

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