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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.

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29 Responses to “Jaguars say drafting Leonard Fournette was a win-now move”
  1. 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!”

    “…”

  2. blitzinc43 says: May 3, 2017 5:34 PM

    As a close friend of the organization it is well-known that this report is out to get Floridians to buy into season tickets.

  3. pau49ers says: May 3, 2017 5:36 PM

    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.

  4. jgedgar70 says: May 3, 2017 5:37 PM

    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.

  5. officialgame says: May 3, 2017 5:44 PM

    Robert Kraft here; you guys did it because you’re jealous of us Pats. I get it, I’m OK with the envy as long you kiss my tuchas.

  6. bullcharger says: May 3, 2017 5:51 PM

    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.

  7. walker1191 says: May 3, 2017 6:00 PM

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

  8. stexan says: May 3, 2017 6:00 PM

    So they usually use their 1st rounder to get worse?
    That explains a lot.

  9. waynefontesismyfather says: May 3, 2017 6:11 PM

    Win now? Is he going to carry the ball 55-65 times a game? Going to have to do that seeing they don’t have a quarterback.

  10. delshofner says: May 3, 2017 6:14 PM

    Makes sense. At his age, Tom Coughlin doesn’t even buy green bananas.

  11. jackedupboonie says: May 3, 2017 6:22 PM

    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!”

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

  12. grantgoodman93 says: May 3, 2017 6:27 PM

    Then why is Doug Marrone your head coach

  13. 24hoursinaday24beersinacase says: May 3, 2017 6:46 PM

    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.

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

    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.

  15. sfctyler says: May 3, 2017 7:33 PM

    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.

  16. Ruha Nuggetcrusher says: May 3, 2017 7:40 PM

    Welcome to a problem 24 other NFL teams have.

    You ain’t joking!

  17. crush22 says: May 3, 2017 8:18 PM

    Jaguars + Win = Oxymoron

  18. jvillenole says: May 3, 2017 8:30 PM

    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…..

  19. alfredogarciashead says: May 3, 2017 8:52 PM

    Um, Blake Bortles is your QB. Win now, not going to happen.

  20. xlivsaints says: May 3, 2017 10:12 PM

    It’s a win.. for the Saints who don’t have to play against him twice a year!

  21. aj66shanghai says: May 3, 2017 10:39 PM

    That’s an odd way to describe a pick made as the 4th worst team last year

  22. aldavis4president says: May 4, 2017 12:59 AM

    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.

  23. loudpackmatt says: May 4, 2017 3:05 AM

    i see him being their next fred taylor with a little more power!

  24. 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.

  25. ezpkns34 says: May 4, 2017 6:09 AM

    Well, at least they didn’t trade up to get him…..that’s something, right?

  26. sandersmarcus10 says: May 4, 2017 7:34 AM

    Not with the QB they have

  27. Footballfanz says: May 4, 2017 7:41 AM

    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.

  28. silvernblacksabbath says: May 4, 2017 10:58 AM

    Never draft a RB in the first round!!! NEVER!

  29. silvernblacksabbath says: May 4, 2017 11:31 AM

    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.
    —————————————–
    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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