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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.

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.