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Jaguars move toward having a great defense

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The 2016 offseason feature high hopes for the Jacksonville offense. This year, the defense will be carrying big expectations into the season.

The addition of veteran defensive lineman Calais Campbell gives the team another solid contributor, and it moves them closer to being one of the best defenses in the league.

“I think we’re close,” G.M. Dave Caldwell told PFT Live last week, after rattling off some of the names that currently dot the defensive side of the ball. “We’re a couple pieces away from being a very, very good defense.”

Campbell joins existing pieces like cornerback Jalen Ramsey, defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, defensive end Dante Fowler, defensive tackle Malik Jackson, defensive tackle Roy Miller, linebacker Telvin Smith, linebacker Myles Jack, linebacker Paul Posluszny.

Both sides of the ball also will be influenced by new executive V.P. of football operations Tom Coughlin, who offered up this gem during a State of the Franchise event on Wednesday: “I suggest we adopt the term ‘grit’ as a way to define ourselves.”

Ultimately, the grit is in the pudding. They have the talent. If Coughlin and coach Doug Marrone can instill a win-at-all-costs mindset, the Jaguars could finally get back to where they once were, as a more-often-than-not contender in the AFC.

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21 Responses to “Jaguars move toward having a great defense”
  1. whealy86 says: Mar 8, 2017 10:41 PM

    Won’t matter if Bortles can’t learn to throw ..

  2. atwatercrushesokoye says: Mar 8, 2017 10:43 PM

    Campbell and Jackson both appear to be 3 techs in this defense, one of them will have to play out of position at 1 tech. Is it really smart to spend big money on a duplicate player when it’s not a need? Jacksonville seems to be collecting players rather than finding players who fit together correctly.

  3. jaxbeachsurfshop says: Mar 8, 2017 10:46 PM

    Stoked!! Draft OJ Howard at 4!!

  4. r502 says: Mar 8, 2017 10:46 PM

    Been hearing about the Jags building a great defense for years now and they still stink out loud. Come up with something new why don’t you?

  5. cheapseater says: Mar 8, 2017 10:49 PM

    Everything will hinge on Bortles. He’s got the D and the receivers. If they can fix the protection/run game, he will have no excuses. Make or break year for the young gun.

  6. littleman8001 says: Mar 8, 2017 10:55 PM

    Lol you were touting the jaguars as something special this past season as well florio and look where that got you. Let the jaguars actually prove themselves and have a winning record before touting them as the next dark horse team to watch or even a team with one of the best defenses.

  7. sdchicken says: Mar 8, 2017 10:56 PM

    Solid pick up. Defense looks good on paper, hopefully it translates to the field

  8. mwfsu84 says: Mar 8, 2017 11:05 PM

    A great signing.

  9. jim699 says: Mar 8, 2017 11:06 PM

    Why don’t people mention the Jaguars as an interesting landing spot for Romo?

    They have a lot of pieces, but no QB.

  10. tonebones says: Mar 8, 2017 11:11 PM

    Jacksonville is doing the right thing. The best way to help a young QB is by building a strong defense.

  11. collectordude says: Mar 8, 2017 11:12 PM

    Too bad no one on defense can play QB.
    Lots of 7-3 games with the Jags losing.

  12. QB Film Room says: Mar 8, 2017 11:32 PM

    Romo is Next!

  13. jermainewiggins says: Mar 9, 2017 12:22 AM

    They do have a scary talented young core in jacksonville, now they just need to replace the ugliest helmets ever created.

  14. gbpackfan3 says: Mar 9, 2017 12:59 AM

    This sounds familiar…

  15. raidernation707 says: Mar 9, 2017 1:03 AM

    Now if Bortles can stop turning the ball over , and just be a game manager . Front seven looks legit

  16. bluenose1965 says: Mar 9, 2017 1:11 AM

    Sure they are…..

  17. rageviral says: Mar 9, 2017 1:19 AM

    Doesn’t matter who they sign. They’re still the jaguars. Still got Bortles. It’s now the titans division for the next 10 years.

  18. joedirte4life says: Mar 9, 2017 1:35 AM

    They need to draft Leonard fournette at the number four spot. So they can help that defense and keep the ball out of Bortles hands.

  19. MrMacWhoDat⚜ says: Mar 9, 2017 8:20 AM

    For the last 5 some odd years, the jags have been top 6 defense consecutively. They need offensive lineman and a QB. I love this defense considering the fact that they are always on the field, yet, still top 6 in points allowed, yards allowed, and total defense.

  20. jags2daship says: Mar 9, 2017 9:41 AM

    Lets go get that CB from Ohio state in the draft and then that D is lethal

  21. RegisHawk says: Mar 9, 2017 11:18 AM

    Do you still have Caldwell? Then you still have problems. Maybe Coughlin’s got the power to supersede his stupidity…we’ll have to wait and see on that.

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