Kelvin Beachum was a free agent addition for the Jaguars this past offseason. He was given a "prove it" deal, with one year guaranteed and a team option following the first year. The reason for the "prove it" deal was that Beachum was coming off of an ACL tear that ended his 2015 season. Prior to joining the Jaguars Beachum played four seasons for the Steelers, where he became one of the best pass blocking left tackles in the NFL.
Once Beachum was in Jax it was well known that he would likely not be ready to play until close to the regular season as he was still rehabbing from knee surgery. Well, once Beachum was able to take the field it was clear that he was a different type of guy. While Beachum wasn't perfect in his first year for the Jaguars, he was a major improvement over anything that the Jaguars have gotten out of a left tackle in quite some time. It is my opinion, and the opinion of most that are close to the situation, that Kelvin Beachum will be in Jacksonville for 2017.
Following the Jaguars loss to Colts in the season finale Beachum made it very clear that he believed big changes need to be made regarding the culture of the Jaguars locker room.
When speaking with Brent Martineau of Action Sports Jax and 1010xl Beachum had this to say on what he believes the Jaguars next coach has to have:
I hope to see someone that believes winning is the only answer. That's the only option, there is no other option. There is not an option to get better, theres no option where [we're] going to get it right soon, there's no atta boys, no ... winning is the only option.
There's a little bit to unpack here. First of all there are plenty of references here to the culture that the previous regime built, which was one based on the idea of "getting better everyday". Beachum clearly believes that the "get better" culture built by Gus Bradley and the previous regime was not one that would produce positive results. And who can blame him? Gus Bradley won only 14 games in his nearly four full seasons as the Jaguars head coach.
Following the Jaguars loss to the Colts Beachum also took to Twitter and had this to say:
It's pretty clear, based on the results and the outpooring of comments from players that felt they were used improperly this year, that a new philosophy, culture is needed for this young and talented Jaguars roster to take the next step.
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