I hope it's obvious that we're leaving the defense as a whole out of this discussion. Not only have they been the key reason for the Jags winning 10 games, they've arguably been the most valuable unit in all of football. (Note: 4 players from the defensive side of the ball made the Pro Bowl for the Jags - Bouye, Ramsey, Jackson, and Campbell)
But, there's more at play here than solid defensive performances. 1. The defense was ranked middle of the pack last year, so they certainly stepped up their game. 2. The Jags are getting help in other areas. Which leads us to our question, who deserves the majority of credit for the Jags success?
Tom Couglin, Executive VP of football Ops: Changed the culture in the locker room immediately, held players accountable, even suspending Leonard Fournette for not taking part in a team activity.
Doug Marrone, head coach: Stepped in for Gus Bradley and has this team playing with fire, passion, and a strategy that looks nothing like the Jags we saw last year.
Blake Bortles, QB: Blake got off to a rocky start this season, turning the ball over as he has been prone to do. But since then, he's been outstanding. Number 1 in the league in several statistical categories over the last month, plus he's throwing the ball to receivers no one has ever heard of.
Leonard Fournette, RB: The Jags drafted Fournette 4th overall in this year's draft, and it has paid off. Fournette is third in the AFC in rushing, and provides a certain level of toughness to the Jags on offense. He's been an identity changer for this team.
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