Tony Boselli has been able to do little more than watch, lend support and think about what the future holds. He admits to a degree of anxiety about the changes that are going to occur this offseason, but Boselli believes the Jaguars' situation isn't nearly as bleak as most think.
"It's very disappointing because of the way it started," he said of this season, which began with consecutive wins over Pittsburgh and Tennessee. "We were 2-0 and playing good football. We weren't beating ourselves."
Since then, the Jaguars have lost eight of their last nine games. Boselli's season ended in Seattle in week four, and as he's battle through two shoulder surgeries that'll require an offseason of rehabilitation, Boselli has considered the potential for sweeping changes on the Jaguars' landscape. Most expect the roster to be gutted.
"There's a lot of speculation about what's going to happen. All I can worry about is getting healthy because there's no guarantee. It's no secret we have salary cap problems," he said, suggesting that even a player of his star quality is concerned the Jags' cap woes could cause him to be a casualty.
"I think I'm going to be here, but there are no guarantees. In the past, you knew the majority of the guys were going to be back. It's hard to look into the future," citing the cap and the team's record as distinct security threats.
When Boselli does look into the future, he sees a team he believes can reverse its fortunes more quickly than most would expect. He sees a nucleus that begins with quarterback Mark Brunell, but he knows a speedy recovery will depend on new players; young players from next spring's draft.
"Look at the way he's playing this year. Our passing game right now is the offense. He's playing well. I think his best football is still ahead of him. I think he has five good years left in him," Boselli said of Brunell.
"Out of the eight losses, six of them were decided in the last five minutes (of the game). You win half of those games and you're right in the middle of (the playoff race). In the past, we won those games. If it was a close game, we won," he added.
The Jaguars do not have the look of a 3-8 team. There have been no blow-out defeats. Even at 3-8, the Jaguars have allowed only seven points more than they've scored.
"I think it can be turned around. There's no secret we're over the cap and there are going to be changes, but I don't think it's all that bad," Boselli said.