Standing on the sideline and watching one-on-one drills Donte Moncrief Color Rush Jersey , Jalen Ramsey had an up-close look at this touchdown.The receiver used a triple move to beat one of Ramsey’s fellow defensive backs.Ramsey shook his head in disbelief and hollered a few choice words across the practice field.“That ain’t happening in a game,” Ramsey said, noting how long it took the play to develop. “Our defense is too good.”Ramsey was being modest. Jacksonville’s D has a chance to be great, maybe even generational.The bold, brash Jaguars , who relied on stout defense to win the AFC South and reach the conference title game last season, believe they will be even better on that side of the ball this fall. The unit allowed too many rushing yards early in 2017 and gave up too many big plays late, but pinned those problems on having three newcomers and three second-year players learning how to mesh while honing the details of coordinator Todd Wash’s 4-3 scheme.Nowadays, they feel like they’ve figured out each other and the playbook.And in a Super Bowl-or-bust season for Jacksonville, the talent-laden group plans to do whatever it takes to hoist the Lombardi Trophy and join a list of revered defenses that have carried teams to championships.“Every great defense has won it all,” Pro Bowl linebacker Telvin Smith said. “That is what we want to be. A great defense is not mediocre. It is not to say you won a couple (division) championships. No, we want to say we dominated the world. That is the next step.”More Jacksonville Jaguars newsJets’ Darnold throws 3 more picks in 29-15 loss at JaguarsRams get CB Jalen Ramsey from Jaguars for 3 draft picksBridgewater now 4-0 as starter after Saints top Jaguars 13-6Jaguars once elite defense struggles as Gardner Minshew, DJ Chark build chemistryLeonard Fournette runs for career-high as Jaguars mount comeback to beat BroncosThe Jaguars finished second in the NFL in yards (286.1 per game), points (15.8), sacks (55), takeaways (33) and interceptions (21) last year. Players wanted more and were admittedly disappointed with the final rankings.Coach Doug Marrone has since used it as motivation, publicly and privately needling his defenders.“Make no mistake about it, I like it when people have a chip on their shoulder Calais Campbell Jersey ,” Marrone said. “I have a boulder on my shoulder.”The Jaguars feel they have plenty to prove, mostly because of how last season ended .Jacksonville squandered a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter of the AFC championship game at New England. The vaunted defense gave up an 85-yard touchdown drive — the key play was a 21-yard completion on third and 18 that left players openly questioning the scheme — and then allowed Tom Brady and Danny Amendola to hook up again for another score late.“I would be lying if I said that didn’t keep me up all offseason,” said safety Tashaun Gipson, who blamed himself for the rare conversion. “Got lax. … I have to make that play.”Even though they don’t want to look back, the Jaguars will try to make amends.Jacksonville returns 12 of its top 14 defenders from 2017, including six Pro Bowl selections. The only guys missing are veteran linebacker Paul Posluszny, who retired from the NFL after 11 seasons , and nickel cornerback Aaron Colvin, who signed a four-year, $34 million contract with division rival Houston.Even without them, the Jags will have eight starters on that side of the ball who have made the Pro Bowl in the last four years. That’s talent at every level of the defense, a mix of youth and experience.All-Pro defensive end Calais Campbell is coming off a career year that included 14 1/2 sacks and is the undisputed leader of what is widely considered the most disruptive front in the league. Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (20 sacks and an NFL-leading 10 forced fumbles in two seasons) is a budding star. Malik Jackson is one of the most complete defensive tackles in the league. Fellow inside guy Marcell Dareus, acquired from Buffalo in late October, helped shore up a shaky run defense. Jacksonville ranked 30th in the league without him and eighth with him.Speedy linebackers Smith and Myles Jack benefit most from the star-studded D-line, free to chase ball-carriers and make plays all over the field. Smith and Jack had a hand in three of Jacksonville’s seven defensive touchdowns in 2017.The secondary scored just once, but was nonetheless a big part of the group’s success.Jacksonville led the league in passing defense, giving up 20 yards a game fewer than anyone else, and was the only team in the league to have four players with at least four interceptions. Ramsey https://www.jaguarsfanstore.com/Blake-Bortles-Jersey , Gipson and fellow safety Barry Church had four apiece.While Ramsey emerged as the league’s best — and most vocal — lock-down cornerback, A.J. Bouye was just as good on the opposite side. Bouye had six interceptions, knocked down a dozen more passes and didn’t allow a touchdown in the regular season. According to Pro Football Focus, quarterbacks posted the lowest passer rating in the league when throwing his way.“We put up all those numbers, but it is a new year,” Bouye said. “There are teams that are really studying us now as a defense. We are just going to be ready for everything and we are going to continue to make plays.”The Jags can only hope to get their money’s worth.Their defense is the most expensive ever assembled, with the small-market franchise slotted to pay more than $110 million to the D in 2018.The Jags are built to win now, and even though a number of rising stars have Jacksonville well-positioned for years to come, the defense may never been stacked like this again.It has drawn comparisons to some of the NFL’s greats, including the 1976 Pittsburgh Steelers, the 1985 Chicago Bears, the 2000 Baltimore Ravens, the 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the 2008 Steelers, the 2013 Seattle Seahawks and the 2015 Denver Broncos.All those teams have a Super Bowl victory in common.So there’s only one way for Jacksonville to join the list. And in a league that seems to make playing physical defense more difficult every year, it’s nothing short of a daunting task. But the Jaguars welcome the challenge.“I’m sure everybody has different opinions on what they believe elite is,” Ramsey said. “As a defense, we are going to set our goals and figure it out. But ‘win’ is at the top of everything.” Watershed. I fear the use of this word is innacurate. I fear what happened this past Sunday at TIAA Bank field was A.J. Bouye Color Rush Jersey , in fact, nothing more than another stone in the path to a true watershed moment. Why the concern? When Jack Del Rio was fired the hope was the Jaguars were moving upward from Jack’s management of a team grounded in .500 production. Then came the pedigree of Gus Bradley with his “everything is awesome” approach to coaching. Finally, and validated by the 2017 season, was the success surely to be achieved by the reintroduction of Tom Coughlin into the leadership hierarchy.Yet, here we are. Staring down the barrel of another offensive rebuild, stepping over the corpses of draft and free agent decisions that failed to produce playmakers at wide receiver or quarterback.The phrase “watershed moment” has two historically popular meanings. First, originating in the 19th century, it references an “epochal moment”. Something that designates a significant change either for good or bad. This understanding is most popular in the UK. On our side of the pond it refers to something that has future ramifications. An event whose impact requires reflection in light of a catalyst down the road.The question: Will the failure of Blake Bortles against the Steelers satisfy either one of these definitions? The past does not offer comfort. A specter looms large over this franchise. The 2007 season came back as the 2017 season, bringing with it a glorious playoff victory over the Steelers, followed by a gut wrenching loss to the Patriots. We are left to wonder if the seeds have been planted that will produce a 10 year harvest of misery, or if somehow this fan base will get the leadership it deserves.One could argue 2007 was a watershed moment for the worse, with 2017 being its mirror. Time will tell whether November 18, 2018 was just another day.Note: Thanks to Phillip Heilman for all the videos.Mumble 1Full disclosure: I have a Blake Bortles jersey and a Blake Bortles can sleeve. For far too long I have leaned on the hope the team’s investment would pay off. This weekend’s game, for me, was like watching Byron Leftwich fail to impress during a preseason game in Green Bay during 2007 season. It was against the Packers that I decided David Garrard was the best fit for this franchise.Big Cat Country’s Jon Kurkland tweeted out this truth.There is nothing Blake can do moving forward that will change my mind, and this is why.Mumble 2Thanks to some nice camera angles from CBS Sports, the viewing audience was able to see receivers getting open and Bortles simply not making the plays. On more than one occasion I outwardly asked what Blake was seeing. Even without those shots you can see a quarterback with zero pocket presence, limiting the potential of offensive success.You will not enjoy these.Mumble 3If I had to pick the one moment during the game in which I gave up on Blake it was from the second video above. My wife was convinced the Jaguars failure to get at least one touchdown in the first half would come back to haunt them. In hindsight she was correct. I Justin Blackmon Jersey , on the other hand, was more than happy to get any points. Blake taking the sack here negated the turnover. While the three points would not have negated the four point loss (assuming a common outcome), it would have kept momentum. Completing the pass might have led to a touchdown drive.You’ve heard it over and over again. A 5th year starting quarterback, taken top 5 in round 1 of the NFL draft, has to perform in this situation.Mumble 4This is not going to be a popular opinion, but this debate about whether fans can boo and if players should be calling out “fake fans” is a complete red herring. It comes across as a childish “You can’t tell me what to do!” from both sides. The fan thinks the financial and emotional commitment affords them the right to express their disatisfaction however they see fit. The players contend that booing is a sign the fan is giving up on the players and the team.Booing is all about emotions. Players need to understand that, which seems hard to do when on a six game losing streak. The player/fan experience is one of a shared experience, and focuses the attention on something that is not constructive.I am not telling fans not to boo, nor am I telling players to not criticize fans for booing. I just wish both sides would see this as a coping mechanism. Frankly it’s positive. It shows apathy has not set in.Mumble 5Team finances are going to be talked about a lot for the rest of the season. It’s a damning fact for the front office, or whomever has been making personnel decisions.The argument to keep Blake because of the cap hit makes no sense to me. This is like keeping a car you are upside down in spite of the fact it continually breaks down. If the fans know Bortles is a big part of the problem, the players know it. How do you keep players, or get top quality free agents, with Bortles as your quarterback?Extending this to the fans, who wants to renew their tickets if Bortles is on the roster next year? Yesterday I spoke with 9 friends who are present season ticket holders, and while post-game was an emotional time, they did say spending the money to watch a Bortles led Jaguars team in 2019 was not worth the investment.