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“Why do the Jaguars hate us?”
That was the first question someone sent minutes after the Jaguars lost in embarrassing fashion (yet again) this past Sunday.
And Timmy from Savannah might have been the first to ask, but he wasn’t the last. All told, I got this question a couple dozen times last Sunday night as y’all submitted postgame questions.
On the surface it seems like a silly question. The team doesn’t hate you. The coaches, players, and staff don’t even care very much about you... at least not compared to the level of focus they have on winning football games and producing for their next contract.
But at its core, I read those questions and y’all weren’t asking why the Jaguars don’t love us.
You were asking why the Jaguars embarrass us.
Because, frankly, this is more than an embarrassing team. It’s an embarrassing franchise, built on the graves of losing seasons in 12 of the last 13 years. The product on the field is the worst in the NFL and has been for a decade. The game day experience is laughable. I’d say you can’t complain about the weather, but you could invest in some stadium infrastructure to minimize the ungodly heat, right?
Why do the Jaguars hate us? Why do the Jaguars embarrass us? Because they took two big swings at the most important positions in professional football—quarterback and head coach—and one is two games into his career and the other looks like he’s struggling to keep up with the pace of the NFL.
Let’s answer some more questions, shall we?
Paul from Seattle, WA
Q: Over or under 40 points by Arizona next week?
A: Under. But it’ll be close.
Olly from Montreal, Quebec
Q: Is now a good time to start panicking?
A: No. But if (when) we lose to the Cincinnati Bengals on national television, well, I won’t stop you. That and home games against the Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons are the most winnable games left on the schedule. Lose any of those three and I still won’t panic, but I’ll feel pretty defeated.
Brian from Yulee, FL
Q: When will we get our first win?
A: November 28, 2021
Brandon from Jacksonville, FL
Q: How does the offense look unstoppable on the first drive and elementary the rest of the game?
A: Some of it is personnel. The roster just isn’t that good. Some of it is the fact that early drives always favor the offense because they can script the first dozen or so plays. And some of it is the offensive coordinator. Darrell Bevell is not the right offensive coordinator for what Urban Meyer wants to do in the NFL.
Cole from Duluth, GA
Q: When is our defense going to be good like we were in 2017?
A: First off, that was a generational defense. A team has a defense like that once every 20 or 30 seasons. It was good in an otherworldly, supernatural sense. I don’t see that defense coming back any time soon, especially with an offensive-minded head coach like Urban Meyer at the helm.