4. Better health throughout the season
The Jackets season didn’t start too bad on the injury front but halfway through the season, they started feeling the injury bug.
From the start of the season, they had to deal with losing Andrew Marshall for the entire season. While he was the biggest injury for a while they would have a lot of unfortunate injury luck the rest of the season.
During the second half of the season, the Jackets had to deal with linebacker Brant Mitchell struggling with injuries. Mitchell missed several games and while freshman Bruce Jordan-Swilling did play well in Mitchell’s absence, the Jackets surely missed the senior linebacker.
The Jackets offensive line also suffered a ton of injuries down the stretch which hurt their offensive abilities.
In 2018, the Jackets hope for a better bill of health, especially for key players. While there was plenty that went into the Jackets failures in 2017, their injury luck didn’t help their cause at all.
When they were healthy, it was easy to see how dangerous they could be but without the chemistry and stability on both offense and defense, they struggled.