The link between the Jacksonville Jaguars and NFL Dominancy: a decent WR.
The Jaguars have typically been a team known for their dominant defense but over the past couple of seasons they have developed an offense that can actually move the ball downfield on occasion. Their running game is stout with veteran Fred Taylor, 21st all-time rushing, and the electrifying Maurice Jones-Drew. The quarterback change at the beginning of the season I believe has worked out great for the Jags. David Garrard has done a superb job in leading this team and getting the ball down the field. Where the Jags step off is their wide recieving core. Since the departure of Jacksonville's all-time leading receiver Jimmy Smith, 12th all-time receiving, two seasons ago, the Jags just havn't been the same in that department. They have tried to find some young wide receivers in the draft that could develop into stars by drafting Reggie Williams and Matt Jones, but both have turned out to no be deserving of their 1st round status. They took advantage of lots of salary cap room last season and picked up free-agent Dennis Northcutt from Cleveland who is leading the Jaguars in receiving this season, but with only 288 yards. They should have gone after a more prolific wide receiver either in free-agency or the draft. They can't possibly go out next draft and take another wide receiver in the 1st round can they? Detroit did it 4 times, so maybe the Jags doing it 3 times won't be so bad.
The Jaguars are a good team, they have the potential to be a great team. Until they get some sort of good wide receiver though, they are going to have a tough time hanging with the really tough teams of the league.
Jacksonville Stats through 5 games 4-1
Total Offense - 355.2 yds/game - 6th in NFL
Total Defense - 304.8 yds/game - 8th in NFL
Points scored - 18pts/game - 18th in NFL
Points allowed - 11.6 pts/game - 2nd in NFL
Rushing - 154.8 yds/game - 4th in NFL
Passing - 200.4 yds/game - 21st in NFL
Theres your answer. How can a team be 6th in total offense but only 21st in total passing? The lack of a dominant wide receiver. A receiver that can catch the ball consistently, hang onto the ball consistently and score touchdowns is what Jacksonville needs. That would help them in both areas where they lack dominancy, total passing and total scoring.