Sports Spin’s 32 Teams in 32 Days: Jacksonville Jaguars
Unless you are from north Florida, the Jacksonville Jaguars seem to be one of those NFL teams that is just there. Even if you are from north Florida you are likely apathetic because the Jaguars have led the league in home blackouts the last decade.
The lone bright spot for Jacksonville the past few years has been the play of running back Maurice Jones-Drew. The UCLA product led the NFL in rushing in 2011, and is not thrilled with his current contract. Jones-Drew continues to hold out of training camp.
Blaine Gabbert was drafted by the Jaguars in 2011 to be the franchise quarterback. He was among the bottom of most passing categories in his rookie season. He didn't have the greatest talent around him, but he also didn't seem very comfortable standing tall in the pocket.
The defense wasn't terrible in 2011. Interim coach Mel Tucker did such a good job with that unit that he was kept on as defensive coordinator when Mike Mularkey was named head coach.
Ryan Green aka Hacker co-hosts a sports radio program on 1010XL in Jacksonville. He spoke about the Jones-Drew saga, Gabbert, the play of former Miner Jordan Palmer, and was pleasantly surprised I waited a whole nine minutes before broaching the touchy subject of the Jags leaving town.