Hello everyone! Today I will be debating as the Pro side that the professional football team Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL) will make the playoffs using a series of arguments in 3 rounds. The format is as follows:
Round 1 - Introduction, stance on issue
Round 2 - Arguments and rebuttal
Round 3 - Closing
Citations are not necessary, but are allowed. General knowledge of American football is necessary.
Good luck to my opponent!
In my opinion, they will NOT make the playoffs. Yes, they have a very talented team on both sides of the ball. But there are some question marks as well. Their linebacking corps is below average. And they still have a young QB that's getting used to the NFL, he is talented though. The questions are,will Fowler make an impact coming off a injury? Will Myles Jack make an impact? Will Blake Bortles have a breakout year? Those are a lot of questions. Also, they do play in the AFC where there are the Broncos with that elite defense, the Patriots of course, the Steelers, and the Texans who are a really good Football team. They won't make the playoffs this year.
The Jaguars indeed have an extremely talented team. Blake Bortles had a breakout season last year, throwing 35 touchdowns and over 4,000 yards. Bortles is tough and durable, young and already has the skills needed to win games. A Pro Bowl running back in Chris Ivory helps take some of the pressure off Bortles, with an improving offensive line and two exceptional receivers in Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns. On the defensive side of the ball, the Jaguars managed to pick up two Top-5 talents in Jalen Ramsey (Corner) and Myles Jack (Linebacker). To ask if Myles Jack will have an impact is to suggest that he doesn't have talent and/or could be injured. By all means he has extreme talent and he's been cleared to play. A foundation has been set on defense, with the offense already established. Considering the complete rebuild that the general manager, Dave Caldwell, started, it is amazing how far the team has progressed. The AFC South is weaker than other divisions, helping give the Jags a leg up. There are many good teams in the AFC, but with the aerial attack and the young, talented defense leading the way, there no reason to think that the Jaguars can't capitalize.
The Jaguars do have a talented team on both sides of the ball. I'm not denying that. But they are inexperienced and don't know what it's like to be in a playoff race. They might crack under the pressure. With that said, there are still lots of question marks. Can the Dante Fowler bounce back from his ACL tear? I don't know, usually when players suffer a injury early into their career it lingers. He is really talented but i don't know if he can make an impact. Blake Bortles made some massive strides this year, and the Jags will have a dynamic offense, but there competition is really high. They have the Patriots, Steelers, Bengals, maybe the Ravens and the Texans. The competition is really high in the AFC with a lot of great defenses in there to limit that dynamic offense of the Jags. There are so many contenders in the AFC and II think the Jags will just miss out this year.
Sure, the Jaguars could crack under pressure. But any other team could as well. Every team has the ability to crack under pressure, but the Jaguars have a great roster of football players who have played the game their entire lives. Dante Fowler is not the determining factor in the playoff race, but is crucial regardless. By all accounts he is making a great recovery and is already impressing the coaches. It is a fact that the Jaguars have a much better roster than in previous years, and the competition they face is older and slower in general. The Jaguars have 5 players who are 30 or older, much lower than teams such as the Patriots and Steelers. This means that not only are the Jaguars skilled, but they are also faster and younger. So, in conclusion, the Jaguars will make the playoffs due to the immense talent and skill of the young players and coaches.
By the way, I really enjoyed this debate! Hope you have a great day.
Yes, the Jags are really talented. Yes they are young and fast. But with that comes inexperience. I'm not to sure if Dante Fowler can make an impact. With all these great teams in the AFC I don't think they could do it. The other teams are pretty experienced with good defenses. The Jags are relying on young players to do the job for them, and that doesn't always work out. The AFC South has improved. I think Andrew Luck and the Colts will bounce back and don't forget about the Texans. Gus Bradley is still a question mark as well. There a lot of question marks with this team and the level of competition is to high. But after this season the Jags should be dominating the AFC for years to come.
I also enjoyed this debate and you have a good day as well.