JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Reading the coverage of the Jacksonville Jaguars ...
Quarterback Blake Bortles had the third-worst Total QBR among rookie quarterbacks since 2006, writes ESPN Insider Mike Sando. Bortles' 21.9 QBR was just behind Jimmy Clausen (11.0 in 2010) and Blaine Gabbert (11.9 in 2011). It wasn't all Bortles' fault, Sando writes: "Even the best quarterbacks need a baseline level of support to succeed. Rookies such as Bortles usually need a lot more than that. The Jacksonville Jaguars aren't in position to support any quarterback sufficiently, which is definitely worth keeping in mind when comparing Bortles' rookie season to some of the worst in recent NFL memory."
The Jaguars certainly took their lumps in 2014 thanks to a lot of youth and inconsistency, writes Fox Sports Florida's Ken Hornack.
Bortles got battered in 2014 -- he was sacked 55 times -- but never backed down in his rookie season in the NFL, writes the T-U's Hays Carlyon.
WJXT TV-4 sports director Sam Kouvaris and Cole Pepper break down the Jaguars' 2014 season in their latest podcast.
The T-U's Vito Stellino conducted a Q&A with guard Zane Beadles, who didn't miss a snap the entire season. Among the topics they covered are his evaluation of his first season in Jacksonville, his leadership role, and dealing with the young linemen.