As Santa’s sleigh made its way from the North Pole and bestowed the present to millions everywhere, indulge us while we take a look at a needed Christmas gifts for each of the three state NFL teams.
Let’s start alphabetically with the Buccaneers, who as we alluded to earlier on Christmas Eve, may very well be about to make a coaching change. So aside from a new man in charge, what would be a nice present for Bucs fans?
How about a play-maker in the run game?
Tampa Bay has primarily utilized for all drafted free agent Peyton Barber the season with only modest success. And although Doug Martin was outstanding in 2015 when he was second in the NFL in rushing, the Bucs have really missed a game-breaking back for a lot of the last decade.
They thought they maybe had that guy on paper by drafting second round pick Ronald Jones from USC. However. for whatever reasons, the current coaching staff has chosen not to utilize a healthy Jones down the stretch of the season. That latest example was Sunday in Dallas with the Bucs eliminated from the playoffs and where Jones was active, but did not see a single offensive snap.
Is he perhaps the “home-run hitting back” who can break big plays, but who’s been completely overlooked and underutilized? Or, do the Bucs need to go back to the drawing board either through free agency or with the draft again to find that guy to be able to get some big carries out of?
Next up in alphabetical order, is the Dolphins. And, while it would be easy to point to quarterback Ryan Tannehill and say “resolve the quarterback situation” as your Christmas gift, we choose the defensive side of the ball.
Miami went with defense with defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick in the opening round of the draft in April and he played solidly in year one. They took a defensive end of the first round two years ago with Charles Harris, but at this point he has done very little, and looks like a bust.
So, the Dolphins fans Christmas gift should be defensive star.
Whether it’s through free agency or the next upcoming draft in a few months, find a “maniac pass-rusher” or a hard-hitting play-making linebacker. Someone that the Fins fans can gravitate to. And, someone who will be a leader for the Dolphins D week and week out.
Finally, comes the most obvious gift of our three and that’s for the fan base in North Florida: the Jaguars need to find a solution at signal-caller.
It’s blatant that Blake Bortles’ time is done, as he has gone to the bench eariier this season. And, the Jaguars chose last year and this year to not have any real competition at backup for the former #1 pick. Now, they’ll have to try to make a splash, either through the draft or perhaps a trade with another team top.
You have a quality defense. You have a tremendous weapon with running back Leonard Fournette. What you simply need is someone that can be counted on to make the big throws and lead you, when the going gets tough.
If Santa and his elves can bring the Jaguars that type of quarterback, they can easily be back to respectability quickly in 2019.
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