How many years in a row can people say “this team is on the rise” before they actually get somewhere? Seriously, how many times can you have a top 10 draft pick before your team actually gets any better? How the hell is Gus Bradley still the head coach after losing 11-plus games in three straight seasons?
“Things are trending up!” Should be the Pagano-esq slogan on camp shirts every year.
The last time the Jags had a season above .500 was 2007. They’ve never won the division either. Their current biggest claim to fame is a swimming pool in the stadium. The fans still like to bring up the fact that they ran allllll over the Colts in that one game (you know the one, during the season where the Jags didn’t make the playoffs and the Colts went on to win the Super Bowl?).
The only thing this roster has going for them is a talented young receiving corps. Allen Robinson (who was a stud in college despite analysts saying he came from nowhere) made the Pro Bowl (after other players dropped out) but any other team would be glad to have him, and he’d surely be glad to get out of Jacksonville.
Excited for all that young defensive talent? There’s a 90 percent chance they won’t last the season (or preseason). Even if they do manage to stay healthy it won’t matter since Bradley has no idea what to do on defense. The Jags have, on average, given up 26 or more points per game over the past four seasons (and last year was god awful at an alarming 31 per game).
What will be the Jags downfall this season? Bad defense? Massive injuries? Will they go for the throwback to the Jack del Rio days and implode at the end of every winnable game? Who knows, that’s half the fun of being a Jags fan!
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