2. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars had quite the year. What started as excitement about a new head coach and new quarterback quickly turned into chaos. Urban Meyer was fired before the end of the regular season and they ended the year 3-14. However, that third win came in the form of sending the Indianapolis Colts (a very talented team) home early without a chance in the playoffs.
Maybe that is the momentum they need to start a turnaround year for 2022? The Jaguars’ defense ranked in the bottom 10 in almost every major defensive stat category this year – total points, points per game, rushing yards per game, etc.
The Jaguars have a lot of money to spend and spending it on a solid pass rusher to help spark their defense and make a splash in the 2022 season is a smart idea — and what’s a more obvious splash than someone who can rack up sacks at an expensive price tag?
Plus, it’s not all foolish. There’s no telling how much of an impact another good edge rusher can have on the game if the Jags pair Gregory with Josh Allen.
The Jags already have strong defensive talent in Allen and Myles Jack. Allen had an impressive eight sacks and 47 solo tackles. Linebacker Jack had 108 combined tackles, three tackles for loss, and two QB hits. Adding a veteran like Gregory to the defensive front could be a huge advantage for the Jaguars.
Unlike the Jets, this organization has sniffed winning in recent years — the AFC Championship in New England was winter 2018! The players want the change, the culture (without Meyer, surely) is positive, and they’re ready to make it happen.