It has been a long and disappointing season for the Jacksonville Jaguars, but the players and coaches know that they have incentive not to pack it in early and mail in the final seven games of the season.
Jaguars owner Shad Khan has said that he plans to wait until the offseason before he makes any decisions regarding the future of his franchise, so the Jaguars players still have time to leave a positive impression on general manager Gene Smith or whoever Khan replaces him with this offseason.
“Pride and jobs are all on the line. That’s what being a professional is all about,” Jaguars defensive lineman Jeremy Mincey said in the locker room prior to practice on Wednesday.
The Jaguars schedule down the stretch may favor their players leaving a positive impression. Of the seven games left, the Jaguars play five games against teams with a losing record. However, that stretch kicks off this weekend with a tough road game against the Houston Texans who already blew the Jaguars out at home this season.
The Jaguars 1-8 start, the worst in franchise history, has exposed several holes on the roster that has been constructed over the past four seasons by Smith and will likely lead to his firing this offseason. Any positives the players on the current roster can put on tape for the next guy to see could go a long way towards determining if they will be around for the rebuild that is likely to start next season.