Jacksonville Jaguars players have higher expectations for 2021

The Jacksonville Jaguars team minicamp is building high expectations among the fanbase. A new head coach, a new rookie quarterback, and a new direction for the beleaguered franchise. The fact that Myles Jack was not down seems like a distant and faint memory.

Winning seems to be the exception instead of the rule for the Jaguars. Last season, Jacksonville fell to a new low with a one-win seasoning underscored with fifteen consecutive losses. As the world begins to recover from the pandemic, there are signs that the Jaguars will successfully rise from the ashes of humility and defeat.

Head Coach Urban Meyer appears to be resurrecting the locker room culture. Some people questioned the signing of Tim Tebow. Good character builds good culture. Tebow may never see the field but his leadership with younger players can not be measured statistically.

Veteran leadership is the foundation of team culture. Remember how split the Jaguars locker room was a few seasons ago? There was a huge void of team-first guys. The official team website has glowing reports of players getting excited about the upcoming season.

Right guard A.J. Cann is quoted by John Oehser, “I’m excited for the future – the change, the culture,” … Oehser quotes Josh Allen, “We just love playing for each other,… Even off the field, we link up and we stay with that unit. It’s all one. … It’s one big family … I just love this group.”

Those statements are a far cry from what was heard in previous seasons. Every expectation for this young team should be raised. Will they win the NFL championship this year? Probably not, but it appears that they will be more competitive and win more games.

Most of all, Jaguars fans deserve a team that annually competes for the Lombardi Trophy. Let’s hope Meyer is the right guy for this moment. Be sure to catch the current JJC podcast where Andre Moultry accurately discusses the Jaguar’s situation in each podcast episode.

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