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Mark Brunell: After worst season ever, Jaguars fans have reason for optimism

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – I feel good about the Jaguars waking up this morning. Sounds odd to say that after the season we just witnessed, but it’s the best I’ve felt about this team in a long, long time.

We knew it was going to be a tough season, but it was unwatchable at times. The Jaguars didn’t have the talent on the roster to be competitive week after week. I didn’t think they’d be 1-15 bad though.

We’re looking at a significant rebuild for 2021 and one that we’ll have a good head start on with the No. 1 draft pick.

But you know what — at least now it’s in our rearview. As far as I’m concerned, all of that is in the past. We can start looking ahead to the future, and one that should be filled with much better times.

As difficult as it’s been for what seems like forever, with bad draft choices, who we could have drafted, who we’ve signed, who we haven’t signed, who we played at quarterback, here we are in the best position that a 1-15 team has ever been in.

Jacksonville has an NFL-high in salary cap space and a ton of draft capital. The No. 1 pick in the draft will likely present itself with the opportunity to select a generational quarterback in Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence.

For the first time in a long time this morning, it’s really exciting to look forward to 2021 as a Jaguars fan. If you’re owner Shad Khan, this is a great setup. A great business opportunity.

If the Jaguars can bring Lawrence in and start fresh with a new regime, the spotlight and positive attention that will create will be unlike any other time during his ownership of the franchise. I know the unexpected run to the AFC championship game was an infusion of excitement, but the steps we take in 2021 could pave the way to years of success and relevance.

That may sound too rosy of an outlook for a team that enters next season on a 15-game losing streak, but I think that the Jaguars are positioned better than they’ve ever been. There’s optimism. There’s hope. There’s excitement. In a season where the Jaguars mastered losing, the future feels like a win.


About the Author:

Mark Brunell is a sports analyst and reporter with News4Jax and current head football coach at the Episcopal School of Jacksonville.