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Calais Campbell thinks Jags have every piece of the puzzle

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Calais Campbell hasn’t been a member of the Jaguars for too long, but he’s been in Jacksonville long enough to know that there’s nothing like a little bit of unbridled optimism about the team during offseason workouts.

When the record is 0-0, it’s time to make big pronouncements about the team’s potential to turn in a winning season for the first time in a long time even if last year’s (and 2015’s and 2014’s and so on) fell flat. Campbell, who signed with Jacksonville as a free agent in March, said that he doesn’t think there’s any holes on the roster.

“I truly believe this team has every piece to the puzzle,” Campbell said, via the team’s website. “We don’t need anything else. … All we have to do is take care of the small details, and put the things in place. The front office is doing a great job making it competitive, bringing the right guys in to compete. That will allow us to continue to get better. I have confidence in this coaching staff to prepare us so we’re all moving in unison. And I have confidence that my teammates are going to leave it all on the field every day, trying to win now. We have big goals, lofty goals, but all of that will take care of itself. Right now we’re going to take care of the details.”

One lesson Campbell likely learned in Arizona is that having the right (or wrong) quarterback can make all the difference for a team. It was a lot easier to win with Kurt Warner or Carson Palmer than it is with Ryan Lindley or John Skelton regardless of how the rest of the roster looked and that brings us to another recurring Jaguars theme.

There’s plenty of talent populating the Jaguars roster, but it’s mitigated by questions about whether Blake Bortles is a quarterback who can lead a team to great success. Unless those questions are answered in the affirmative, the Jaguars may remain a team that always looks better in May than it does in November and December.

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41 Responses to “Calais Campbell thinks Jags have every piece of the puzzle”
  1. crosstheplane says: May 19, 2017 8:38 AM

    unbridled enthusiasm*

  2. spasticpickle says: May 19, 2017 8:41 AM

    Of course… Putting it together is the hard part…

  3. pastabelly says: May 19, 2017 8:46 AM

    Unless you have a top 2-3 defense, you need a top ten quarterback to win a Super Bowl. Conference championship quarterbacks last year: Brady, Ryan, Rodgers, Roethlisberger. Bortles will never get them there, but maybe they will be competitive in games.

  4. blitzinc43 says: May 19, 2017 8:46 AM

    As a close friend of the organization they may look good on paper but ultimately the team will not make the playoffs due to the culture surrounding the team. It is unfortunate because Shad Khan is a genuinely good owner but its looking like the organization will achieve a maximum of 5 wins this seasons.

  5. tylawspick6 says: May 19, 2017 8:47 AM

    Yes, the team that paid you the most, after you’ve never sniffed a ring, has all the pieces to take down the Pats.

    No wonder NE was never linked to ever attempting to sign this guy.

    He’s a loser.

  6. cheapseater says: May 19, 2017 8:51 AM

    Blake has the potential to show out…OR fall flat. The offseason is so exciting for us Jags fans!

  7. v2787 says: May 19, 2017 8:55 AM

    If the Jags win more than 6-7 games it’ll be a miracle.

  8. Akula says: May 19, 2017 8:59 AM

    Mr Campbell. Please take note of the player in the captioned photo and revise your statement please.

  9. silvernblacksabbath says: May 19, 2017 9:01 AM

    Calais is now a comedian. 🙂

  10. patsxsaintsfan says: May 19, 2017 9:03 AM

    A good coach could go 8-8 or better with this team. 2 promising young corners in Ramsey and bouye, 3 solid LB with Myles jack Paul puslusny and telvin smith, enough of a front foor to disrupt teams with Campbell, Malik Jackson, fowler and the rookie last year who had 6+ sacks who’s name escapes me. 3 receivers that could be a #1 or #2 on every team in this league and Leonard fournette can make this team a competitor however a bad O line and a QB who makes poor decisions is a recipe for disaster. I predict a 7-9 record with a few heartbreaking late game losses due to blakes inabliltity to lead a team in the 2 minute drill.

  11. tacomatiger says: May 19, 2017 9:11 AM

    Bortles is garbage..

  12. joetoronto says: May 19, 2017 9:16 AM

    The Jags have come a long way but no, they don’t have every piece of the puzzle.

  13. thelastwordyaheard says: May 19, 2017 9:23 AM

    We play chess, you play chec…errr, puzzles

  14. snowdood163 says: May 19, 2017 9:25 AM

    Jaguars always have all the pieces… until the games start.

  15. goldrush36 says: May 19, 2017 9:39 AM

    Hi ho hi ho off to pee in a cup you go…..

  16. sfsugator says: May 19, 2017 9:40 AM

    London Jaguars.

  17. ragnarthegreat says: May 19, 2017 9:54 AM

    They may have all the pieces but can they put them together?

  18. MostlyRight says: May 19, 2017 10:19 AM

    Gonna miss CC in AZ. Great player and great leader. Still a fan favorite here.

  19. redclaw1314 says: May 19, 2017 10:26 AM

    the missing piece will be found next year in quarterback free agency

  20. illumination666 says: May 19, 2017 11:01 AM

    Every piece of the puzzle, except the most important pieces..a coach and a QB.

  21. sf546 says: May 19, 2017 11:11 AM

    And when that puzzle is put together it shows a Picasso like painting called mediocrity.

  22. collectordude says: May 19, 2017 11:11 AM

    No QB. Another 4 win season.

  23. mysterytonite says: May 19, 2017 11:13 AM

    No question with Marrone, the air is coming out of the football this year. Te drafting of Fournette cemented this. The defense should be much improved and the combo of Fournette/Yeldon could be tough to defend if the o-line improves. Robinson is lobbying for a deal now cause he knows his bombers will dip in this offense this season. If Bortles can manage the game and the defense shows up, the afc south is going to be very interesting this season.

  24. Drunk Uncle says: May 19, 2017 11:17 AM

    He’s right. They should be a contender to win that division, or at least compete for a Wild Card berth. Anything less would be a disappointment with that roster.

  25. 2dollarpbrs says: May 19, 2017 11:25 AM

    How many pieces are there in this puzzle??

  26. drudema says: May 19, 2017 11:25 AM

    Now he sounds like he’s on the Jets. The most tragically misinformed fans of any team.

  27. tylawspick6 says: May 19, 2017 11:28 AM

    sfsugator says:
    May 19, 2017 9:40 AM
    London Jaguars.


    Been saying that for over 3 years. It’s a big reason the owners wanted to cheat and steal picks from the Pats to try to weaken them.

    If you can’t prove parity, no way on earth do London investors/sponsors take the risk aligning with Kahn.

    Parity is the sales pitch and the Pats are singlehandedly blocking Kahn’s move there.

    Hence, why immediately signed up to have so many home games there in the future, and why they wildly overpay free agents every year for utterly failed seasons.

  28. kneedragr says: May 19, 2017 11:29 AM

    All the pieces are there, just like Humpty Dumpty.

  29. tylawspick6 says: May 19, 2017 11:31 AM

    drudema says:
    May 19, 2017 11:25 AM
    Now he sounds like he’s on the Jets. The most tragically misinformed fans of any team.


    Not even an opinion, that’s a fact.

    Colts and Ravens are running a tight 2nd and 3rd place.

  30. tylawspick6 says: May 19, 2017 11:33 AM

    Drunk Uncle says:
    May 19, 2017 11:17 AM
    He’s right. They should be a contender to win that division, or at least compete for a Wild Card berth. Anything less would be a disappointment with that roster.


    Rome wasn’t built in a day and it’s a myth you can buy up FAs and win in this league, especially overnight.

    Denver did it 2 years ago, even with poor QB play, but they had PEDs from Guyer and cheated the cap to do it.

  31. silvernblacksabbath says: May 19, 2017 11:34 AM

    Offseason champs baby! Just win!

  32. dal1as says: May 19, 2017 11:37 AM

    To what? Go 6-10? I agree

  33. Tealpocalypse says: May 19, 2017 11:57 AM

    A lot of improvements and I love the off-season changes but there are definitely places that can be improved.

    Until a see some great improvement out of Blake, it’s at most 8-8/9-7 and that reaching, but also keep in mind 2016 Jags lost 8/9 games by a touchdown or less.

  34. tedmurph says: May 19, 2017 12:12 PM

    The last couple of years I thought the Jags were the team to make the big jump and be in the mix. Never seems to happen. Now I thing it’s Tennesee. Watch out

  35. harrisonhits2 says: May 19, 2017 12:50 PM

    With Coughlin there they have hope that they can put the p puzzle together correctly.

    In the past they’ve had people running the show who were trying to put the round pieces in the places for square ones and visa versa.

  36. QB Film Room says: May 19, 2017 12:50 PM

    BRUHHHHH You got Bortles tho still!!!!

  37. QB Film Room says: May 19, 2017 12:51 PM

    teams like the Browns and Jaguars can bring in the best guys into their programs and tout their elite level scouting and selectivity but it comes down to the QB

  38. eramming says: May 19, 2017 1:10 PM

    Always the optimist! He said the same thing with guys like Kolb,Lindley,Derrick Anderson,Skelton under center. What’s he supposed to say?

  39. mrcneff says: May 19, 2017 1:35 PM

    At least they are in the easiest division from which to make the playoffs. If Bortles is terrible again, they can do something similar to what the Bears did, and hope to get the QB of the future.

  40. cylondetector says: May 19, 2017 1:58 PM

    I’m imagining Doug Marrone looking at a jigsaw of a Jaguar with a winning record.

    It has approximately 50,000 pieces.

  41. broncosgreatestfan says: May 20, 2017 11:52 AM

    Hes all about the $$$, just like Jackson and Juilus. Have fun lising the rest of your career.

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