On the last day in August, there was plenty of optimism surrounding the Jaguars and a new-look team that featured head coach Mike Mularkey at the helm. In an editorial on Jaguars.com, John Oehser spoke of how the team had bought in to Mularkey's ways and were ready to enter the season with him as their leader:
"He should be proud. In a little more than four months this has transformed from a team that knew little about Mularkey to a team in his image. They are buying in, and liking what they're purchasing."
Since then, the Jaguars have gone 1-4 and have looked downright horrific at times. A start that has many Jaguars players understandably frustrated, but some spoke to the media in a way that suggested they're no longer 100 percent buying in to Mularkey's coaching. In particular, there was a Dwight Lowery quote that caught my eye:
Lowery: "Something needs to change... You can sit here and say Do this do that, keep doing this,keep doing that.We’re not winning." #jaguars— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) October 8, 2012
Now before this quote gets blown out of proportion, it's certainly possible, if not probable, that he was talking about himself speaking to the media and not Mularkey. He didn't want to make excuses and didn't want to tell the media that their performance on Sunday was good enough. More than anything, Lowery's quote showed frustration, something that was echoed by many players on the team.
"It is tough because it has been going on for five years," running back Maurice Jones-Drew told reporters after the loss. "I'm just tired of losing. I'm tired of not being able to sleep at night and not being able to play with your kids after losses. It is the same routine over and over again."
"We can only do that for so long; say we're better than that," linebacker Paul Posluszny said. "We are. But if you don't go out and prove it on Sunday, there's no point in me telling you that in the locker room after a loss like that. That's something we have to fix."
Has Mike Mularkey lost the locker room? No, I believe these Jaguars players will come in to practice this week and the next ready to prepare for a season that started poorly, but is not yet mathematically out of hand.
However, losing is wearing on them quickly.