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AFC SOUTH
Text by Don Banks
February 11, 2013
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February 11, 2013

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PROBLEM STAT

4.1% Passing plays on which Jaguars pass-rush specialist DT Tyson Alualu got pressure on opposing QBs, 16th lowest in the league. Every one of the tackles above him is regarded as a run defender.

SOLUTION

New defensive coordinator Bob Babich (longtime leader of the Bears' top-notch linebacking corps) must find a way for the 6'3", 295-pound Alualu to become more effective at collapsing the pocket from the inside. Alualu, who often has trouble winning one-on-ones, needs to get stronger. In his three seasons he has 3½, 2½ and 3½ sacks—nowhere near good enough for the 10th selection in the 2010 draft.

AND THEN?

Find a reliable backup running back. After Maurice Jones-Drew was lost for the season in Week 7, the Jaguars started five different backs over the final 10 games. They averaged 44.3 yards.... Move on from Blaine Gabbert at quarterback. Neither he nor Chad Henne is the answer.... Use the No. 2 pick in April on a premier pass rusher to complement Alualu. Jacksonville's 20 sacks last season ranked last in the NFL.

PROBLEM STAT

50 Passes by Andrew Luck that were dropped by the Colts, the most by any NFL team.

SOLUTION

The shorter routes of the West Coast attack that new coordinator Pep Hamilton brings from Stanford should help. They will also lift Andrew Luck's accuracy closer to the 71.3% the pair achieved in 2011 with the Cardinal and reduce the stress on an O-line that conceded a league-high 245 sacks, hits and hurries.

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