Pro Bowl middle linebacker Paul Posluszny is insisting his Jacksonville Jaguars will be much more competitive when they make their regular season return to Wembley Stadium in 2014.
The Jags kicked off a four-year commitment to London in 2013 with a 42-10 loss at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers. But after an off-season in which the Jags added several free agents and some promising offensive weapons via the NFL Draft, their defensive captain is demanding better times ahead.
Speaking to me for an interview that can be seen on Sky Sports during the NFL season, Posluszny said:
“We’re going to be a lot better this year when compared to 2013. We have better players, we’re a more experienced team in our systems and how we do things and we’ve learned a lot from last year. So we’re going to be a more competitive team.
“It’s going to be great to go back to London and play. It was such a great atmosphere last year and so many people likened it to playing in a Super Bowl. It is certainly an exciting venue to play a game. Playing against such a traditional team like the Cowboys is going to be great and they have a lot of talent. We want to go over to London and play the Cowboys and get a big win for us.”
The Jaguars made several additions to their roster during the off-season, adding rookie quarterback Blake Bortles and wide receivers Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee through the NFL Draft and running back Toby Gerhart, offensive guard Zane Beadles and defensive linemen Ziggy Hood, Red Bryant and Chris Clemons via free agency.
“I think that once players talk to coach Gus Bradley they are really sold because they understand the type of atmosphere he is creating here and it’s something you want to be a part of. People recognise we have something special going on and it’s a great time to be a Jaguar. Players see that and they want to be a part of that.”
In conclusion, the man who consistently leads the Jags in tackles each year threw his considerable strength behind the calls for a London franchise.
The eighth year veteran stressed:
“London is a global city. We want the NFL to become a global brand and there’s not a better city in the world than London to have a team. London should absolutely have an NFL franchise.”
You can watch the full Paul Posluszny interview on Sky Sports during the NFL season and read about his career in the gameday magazines sold at Wembley Stadium this autumn.
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