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.

41 responses to “Calais Campbell thinks Jags have every piece of the puzzle

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

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

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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

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

  18. 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.

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