The Jaguars have done some impressive work, overcoming a season-opening eight-game losing streak (13 going back to last year), to win four of their last seven games.
But the most important work is about to begin.
Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch told Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union they were ready to start evaluating quarterbacks “As soon as the season ends. Right away.”
While Chad Henne has proven himself perfectly able to be a competent NFL backup, he’s also a free agent, and it’s clear they’re ready to move on from the failed Blaine Gabbert experiment. Their late success will keep them from the top pick, but this week’s results could easily leave them with a top-five pick.
Fisch said he’d evaluate between 20 and 25 college quarterbacks, as they try to find their next one.
“I’ll start with just game tapes and then after game tapes, I’ll look at [cut-up] tapes so it will be more along the lines of — I’ll look at their third downs, their red zone, their two-minute drives and then I’ll look at all their sacks and the play that followed the sack to see how they handled it and then their broken plays. What happened when it wasn’t easy?” Fisch said.
Of course, investigating the intangibles is as important when looking for a leader, a decision they need to get right, so they don’t waste the solid foundation they laid this year.