Jacksonville Jaguars fans want to lose games, diagnosed with Stockholm Syndrome

Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

James Collett would tell you he's a patient man. He'd tell you he's an optimist. He'd say he can find the silver lining in just about any gray cloud. And he'll also tell you he hates it when the Jacksonville Jaguars win.

Collett, 43, said he is fed up with the the recent performance of the Jaguars and says he's hit a breaking point over the fact that the team isn't losing more often.

"We've endured so much as a team and as a community," Collett said. "But these last few weeks have been inexcusable. I mean, my son has asked me every Monday morning if we'd won the day before. I can't face that many more times."

Beginning play in 1995, the Jacksonville Jaguars enjoyed a surprising level of success in their first few years. But the team hasn't won a playoff game since 2007. Over the last five seasons, the team has won just 27 games and it seems many Jacksonville residents have gotten so used to the losing that they'd rather their opponents be the victor.

"It's a classic case of Stockholm Syndrome," explains Dr. James Harmon of Stanford University. "They're so accustomed to abuse that they feel more comfortable in an environment so obviously fraught with trauma. In a manner of speaking, they've fallen in love with losing and they believe their best course of action is to stay with losing."

Harmon goes on to explain that victims of Stockholm Syndrome have a warped sense of reality and will make up any excuse to stay in their cycle of abuse, repeatedly justifying neglect and abuse.

"I don't care about winning games," Collett said. "Winning doesn't do us any good. Losing is what's going to help this franchise. The more we lose, the better our draft position, right?"

When asked if the randomness and unknowability that pervades the NFL Draft gave him pause, Collett simply shook his head and responded as simply as if you'd asked him if the sky was green.

"I want this team to win and that means losing," Collett said. "Is a loss so much to ask for?"

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