Listen Now! Can Jaguars go from laughing stock to respectability in one year? It's possible

Tim Walters
Florida Times-Union
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Newton’s third law of motion says for every action in nature, there’s an equal and opposite reaction.

If you subscribe to that theory, then you can also surmise that the Jacksonville Jaguars got too much, too soon, after entering the NFL in 1995.

The team had a winning record in four of its first five seasons, and they were a viable and competitive team all the way until 2007, their 13th year in the league.

In the 14 years since, they’ve had just one winning record, which accounted for their only playoff appearance in that time frame.

So, getting back to Newton's law, for the Jaguars’ first 13 years of existence existence, they were on the way up. For the next 13, they went down, hitting rock bottom in their 26th season with only one win in 2020.

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Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) warms up during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022, in Jacksonville, Fla.

Despite a difficult and somewhat embarrassing 2021 season, the Jaguars won three games, and they are expected to do even better this year. Will this be the third year in another Jaguars upswing? Or will Newton’s theory be discredited?

To help us sort out this conundrum, I welcome in Florida Times-Union Jaguars reporter Demetrius Harvey as the latest guest on “The *State* of Florida Sports Podcast,” powered by the USA TODAY Network.

Demetrius will break down the team to the nucleus to see if it’s in their DNA to once again become a winning franchise.

"If you compare it to the 2018, 19, 20, even 21, you can see the the development this year," Demetrius says during the podcast. "To me, it's completely different from the organizational leadership."

Tired science references aside, Demetrius and I talk about what will be expected out of Trevor Lawrence as he enters his second season.

He’ll update us on the status of running back James Robinson and if he might play Week 1 against the newly-monikered Washington Commanders.

We’ll talk about some position battles that have yet to be discussed.

We delve into an underrated defense that may shock a lot of people.

And we break down five prop bets looking at how well certain Jaguars may fare.

If you’re a fan of the Jaguars — or the NFL in general — be sure to check out this podcast.

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Contact Walters at twalters@gannett.com

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