The Jaguars made some changes to their defense last season and added several new players to the defense. They upgraded their pass rush and added new talent to their offensive line, which should help them improve their defensive backfield and improve their overall offense. But will these changes be enough to keep the Jaguars from going under? We’ll just have to wait and watch. But here are some key changes to look out for in 2011.
The first major change to the engine lineup was the introduction of the XF, which replaced the S-Type. The XF shares the same basic structure as the S-Type but has more advanced crash protection and a higher cabin. The XF’s suspension system is similar to that of the XK coupe. The engine lineup was mostly unchanged from last year. However, a few models received new engines in 2011.
The Jaguar XF gets some minor changes for 2011, as a result of which it no longer gets the supercharged version of its naturally aspirated V8. The 5.0-liter V8 pumps out 385 horsepower in the base model. The XF Supercharged is the supercharged version of the same engine that produces 510 horsepower. It also gets unique exterior and interior enhancements and a user-selectable suspension mode.
The Jaguars’ season began with a disappointing end. They were eliminated from playoff contention after winning five of seven games. Jack Del Rio, the first team head coach, was fired in November. Mel Tucker, the defensive coordinator, was announced as their replacement on December 9. However, the team was not done yet. The Jaguars lost in Week 13 and were eliminated from postseason contention. Fortunately, they chose to draft a new quarterback, Blaine Gabbert from the University of Missouri. In Week three, Gabbert began replacing Luke McCown.
Other improvements include a 5.0-liter V8 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and a rotary gear selector for voice control. The XF Premium can reach 60 mph in 5.7 seconds while the XFR takes it in 4.5 seconds. Jaguar XFs are a joy to drive. The handling and steering are easy. Overall, the Jaguar XF is a better car than many of its rivals.
The Jaguars are currently rebuilding their offensive line. However, their secondary is strong. The Jaguars have added two rookies to the secondary: defensive tackle Zach Cannon and running back Cecil Shorts. These players have shown good play in training camp. The secondary is solid as well. Jarett Dillard, a safety guard, is the Jaguars’ first round free agent pick. Although they’ve both had injury issues in the past, both rookies have shown promise during training camp.
The offense struggled under rookie quarterback Gus Bradley in their first game with him. The Jaguars won their first game in November after losing four straight. The Jaguars defeated the Tennessee Titans 29-27. The Arizona Cardinals defeated them 27-14. The season ended in a 4-12 record with the Jaguars advancing to the divisional round. A win over the Lions could secure the No. 1 overall pick. The Jaguars could be the No. 1 overall pick.