Players Vote Jacksonville Jaguars Second Worst Franchise In NFL
In a Sporting News poll of NFL players asked which franchise they believed was the worst in the league, the Jaguars were the second most mentioned team tied with the Oakland Raiders and behind only the Cleveland Browns.
An unnamed defensive player in the AFC had this to say about the Jaguars:
“Jacksonville Jaguars. They’ve got the tarp over the seats, don’t they? It’s just not working down there. They need to bring in (Tim) Tebow or something to get people excited, but the NFL hasn’t worked there.”
The negative stigma that currently surrounds the Jaguars organization is the biggest challenge facing new owner Shahid Khan. Khan understands the challenge and has started to work towards making the Jaguars one of the more desirable destinations for free agents. Khan has built one of the most state of the art locker rooms in the league and has several other plans in the works to improve the Jaguars facilities.
The most important change Khan can make, however, is putting a winning product on the field. The Jaguars have won only one playoff game since 1999 and have built up a tradition of losing over the past 12 years.
The Jaguars organization is not the only disappointing thing currently in Jacksonville, however, as the same NFL players voted Jaguars rookie wide receiver Justin Blackmon as the sixth most disappointing player in the league this year. Blackmon came into the league with a ton of hype, but has only caught 23 passes for 225 yards and had only found the end zone once so far this season.