Jaguars say drafting Leonard Fournette was a win-now move

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The Jaguars haven’t had a winning record or a playoff berth in 10 years, and they think it’s time to change that.

Jacksonville General Manager Dave Caldwell says that the decision to use the fourth overall pick on running back Leonard Fournette was about making the Jaguars a better team immediately.

“Leonard’s a guy we think can come in & make an immediate impact, we’re in a ‘win now’ mode as we should be,” Caldwell said on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

The Jaguars have gone 3-13, 5-11, 3-13, 4-12, 2-14 and 5-11 in the last six seasons, so it would be nice to think they can win now. But that may not be a realistic expectation. The Jaguars are a lot more than one player away, and the track record of teams that try to rebuild around highly drafted running backs isn’t great. It would be a big surprise if the Jaguars are a winning team in 2017.

29 responses to “Jaguars say drafting Leonard Fournette was a win-now move

  1. “Welcome to the team, Leonard! Time to meet your offensive line.”

    “Uh guys… this is just 2 sleds, someone’s pet dog that is missing 3 legs, and 2 Fatheads.”

    “Ready to win?!? Go Jags!”

    “…”

  2. Haha, win now move! What, 8 games? Last year you weren’t a team that was knocking on the door. Having a “win now” and not “we sucked and need to rebuild properly” attitude will bite you in the butt down the road.

  3. If Fournette and their FA signings pan out, it wouldn’t be that much of a surprise. They only need to win 4 more games to be a “winning” team. The Texans have no 2017-ready QB, the Colts have one of the most overrated QBs of all time, and the Titans are just above where the Jags are. 9-7 wins the division again. So I don’t think they’re all that far away.

  4. When Irsay decided to suck for Luck I don’t think he envisioned losing to Houston for two years in a row and then having Hou, Ten and Jax all being better then them the year after.

  5. Caldwell needs to stop talking – this sort of comment doesn’t help Fournette or the team in any way

  6. Ruha Nuggetcrusher says:
    May 3, 2017 5:33 PM
    “Welcome to the team, Leonard! Time to meet your offensive line.”

    “Uh guys… this is just 2 sleds, someone’s pet dog that is missing 3 legs, and 2 Fatheads.”

    “Ready to win?!? Go Jags!”

    “…”
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    Welcome to a problem 24 other NFL teams have.

  7. All the trolling aside…..he will make the team better. They have to find out if they surround Bortles with enough talent can he lead them to more wins. With his rookie deal expiring soon Jags need to see if he is worth a big contract. Wish he was on my team.

  8. Barry Sanders was without question the greatest rb I’ve ever seen. Dynamic, impossible to tackle, so deadly in the open field he would shred defenses by shear force of will. He made the playoffs 5 times in ten years and never made it past the second round. I doubt fournette will be able to get the jags anywhere close to the playoffs, even in a horrid division. RBs aren’t that important, unless you have them on your fantasy team.

  9. Well people can talk negative about the Jaguars all they want to, but their Defense will surely stop other teams from scoring as much. The Offense will be a lot better this year. You watch and see!!! They will win the AFC South.

  10. They lost ten games last year by seven points or less.

    Not as far fetched as people think that the Jags might be pretty good in 2017…..

  11. I wouldn’t be surprised if they won 7-8 games. They have a decent team on paper. Their defense showed they could play last season. The offense on the other hand was horrible last season. If fournette can have a Zeke/gurley type rookie season, they’ll surprise people.

  12. Jags will probably be 8-8, 7-9.

    Best thing they did was get rid of Gus Bradley. The dude is a flat out WIMP and his phony rah rah WUSSY leadership turned an already bad team into a bunch of sissies.

    He was a terrible hire and SD is absolutely moronic for hiring him as DCoord.

  13. psubeerman21 says:
    May 3, 2017 6:46 PM

    Not sure how your comment got more negative reviews, its 100% accurate. The only RB who is stepping in and doing well on a playoff team is Elliott, but they have the best offensive line in the NFL and a top receiver to help the pass game which opens the run game. Any starting RB in the league would be a 1,000 yd back in Dallas. Outside of the perfect situation, a RB wont make ur team. Look at buffalo with shady, almost 1,300 yds, 5.4 yds per carry and they cant get past a .500 record.

  14. jagsfan1 says:
    May 4, 2017 4:34 AM

    Jags will probably be 8-8, 7-9.

    Best thing they did was get rid of Gus Bradley. The dude is a flat out WIMP and his phony rah rah WUSSY leadership turned an already bad team into a bunch of sissies.

    He was a terrible hire and SD is absolutely moronic for hiring him as DCoord.
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    Ever seen the NFL Mic’d where Bradley is talking to Belichick at the 50 yard line before the game ? Its pathetic.. He looks like a little girl talking to his idle with one leg over the other. SMH

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