The offense of the Jacksonville Jaguars was not a pretty picture last season. Only three teams scored fewer than Jacksonville's 15.2 points per game and if you remove Maurice Jones-Drew from the mix, the air show is exposed for what it was: dead on arrival.
Jacksonville's defense felt the heat all season, forced to make up for an attack that never held its own, but Jaguars linebacker Clint Session is hopeful about what he's observed during OTAs:
Clint Session on #Jaguars off: "I donât want to toot their horn but theyâre looking like the greatest show on turf compared to last year."
- Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) May 17, 2012
Where is this coming from? Here's a thought: Fellow linebacker Paul Posluszny described rookie wideout Justin Blackmon as "an absolute stud" after watching him perform. Blackmon gives second-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert a pass-catching threat he never possessed last season, when Mike Thomas led the team with 43 catches.
It's easy to pin the 2011 horror show on Gabbert, perhaps too easy, but he must step up in 2012. We can write off some of the rookie tremors, but Gabbert's problems weren't universal. Andy Dalton was a playoff quarterback by the end of his first season in Cincinnati; and we were treated to Cam Newton down in Carolina: A marvel who took over a Panthers attack that ranked dead last in scoring in 2010 (12.2 points per game), only to set the town on fire to the tune of 25.4 points per game in 2011.
We expect improvement in Jacksonville, but let's see Gabbert and friends string a few scoring drives together before the nicknames start to flow.