The Jacksonville Jaguars 2011 season was one filled with drama, excitement and disappointment -- sometimes simultaneously.
Due to the NFL offseason labor lockout, training camp and player participation got off to a late start for the 2011 season.
The Jaguars began by selecting Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert with the 10th overall pick in the first round of the NFL Draft. The move signaled the eventual end of long-time starting quarterback David Garrard's position with the team, although few expected the transition to take place as soon as it did.
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In free agency, the Jaguars aimed to improve their bottom-of-the-barrel defense from the previous year, and brought in a number of players, including Buffalo Bills linebacker Paul Posluszny, Indianapolis Colts' linebacker Clint Session, and Baltimore Ravens' safety Dawan Landry. The team also acquired safety Dwight Lowery, who would prove to be a major contributor, in a trade with the New York Jets.
Following a dismal training camp and preseason, Jaguars' quarterback David Garrard was released. The team decided to turn to journeyman Luke McCown until Gabbert was ready to take over.
The season started off well at EverBank Field against the Tennessee Titans, with the Jaguars earning a hard-fought 16-14 victory led by running back Maurice Jones-Drew.
The following week, the wheels fell off and quarterback Luke McCown struggled, throwing four interceptions in a lopsided 32-3 loss. Toward the end of the game, he was benched and replaced by Gabbert. The rookie would hold the starting job for the remainder of the season.
Despite having Pro Bowler Maurice Jones-Drew, widely viewed as the league's best running back, the offense struggled throughout the 2011 season. The unit finished ranked as the league's 29th worst offense, putting up an average of only 15.2 points per game on the way to a 5-11 finish.
The Jaguars missed the playoffs for the fourth-straight year, which resulted in the firing of long-time Head Coach Jack Del Rio. Del Rio was replaced late in the season by Mel Tucker, who served as interim coach.
Following the season, the Jaguars hired Atlanta Falcons' Offensive Coordinator Mike Mularkey to be the team's next head coach.
In the 2011 offseason, Mularkey and Jaguars General Manager Gene Smith will attempt to develop Blaine Gabbert and bring in more offensive weapons to help him. The team has a particular need at wide receiver.
The Jaguars' defense was a bright spot for 2011, led by a host of young players, veterans and newcomers. The unit finished ranked as the sixth-best defense in the NFL, despite losing a slew of players to injury.
The Jaguars' 2011 season also culminated in a transfer of ownership. Jaguars' owner Wayne Weaver -- the majority owner of the team since its inception -- sold the club to Illinois businessman Shahid Khan.
Going forward, Khan will attempt to do what Weaver never could: bring a Super Bowl title to Jacksonville.