“It’s easy to see when a team has quit. That’s the pride we’re going to uphold. We’re not a quitting team.”
The quote above is from Abry Jones earlier in the week, reflecting on a disappointing season while still in the middle of said disappointing season. There are still seven games to go and already the playoffs are an unrealistic possibility. We are 10 months removed from the doorstep of the Super Bowl and we’re nearly eliminated from playoff contention in November.
Most recently, the Jaguars have looked... not themselves. Blown coverages, not knowing how to get out of a huddle, absent-minded play calling, and late-night incidents at nightclubs have peppered the last few weeks. The team is trending downward hard and the question of “quitting” has made its way into the conversation.
Coaches, front offices, players — none of them will tell you during the season that there is any quit in the locker room. They’re playing for pride, or professionalism, or their jobs next season. But these players aren’t machines. When the prospect of the playoffs is taken away, it can be easy to take it a little easier on the practice field or leave the film room a little earlier than you would have otherwise.
What do you think? With the playoffs out of the picture, do you think this team has started to quit? Let us know in the comments below.
Have the Jacksonville Jaguars quit on the season?
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