The Jacksonville Jaguars went 36 minutes before they saw a first down Sunday in a 19-9 loss to the Oakland Raiders. Chad Henne had a mediocre day completing 25-of-38 passes for 241 yards. But the depleted offense was so awful, the Jaguars fan base watching the game at home demanded CBS flip to something else.
The Jags were struggling deep into the game and many viewers in Orlando were furious because their CBS affiliate did not switch over to the much more entertaining Manning Bowl 3 a half hour ago. As WKMG Vice President Skip Valet put it his hands were tied. “I know it’s frustrating, but as a CBS station in this market you have to carry the away games” Valet said.
Frustration could be attributed to the Jaguars’ on-field play (or lack of) to start the season. It’s a repeat of the team we saw last year. Another playoff miss looks likely, as a result the Jags will have a drought of 12 consecutive seasons. That kind of production has led to a terrible product on the field.
But maybe there’s a silver lining in all this. A group of fans have taken to petitions and demonstrations trying to coax the franchise into signing its hometown hero Tim Tebow. You know things are bad when an arena league team wants your services and the very next week an NFL team wants your persona, your brand, rather than talent.
I said last week that it was probably best if Jacksonville stayed out of the whole Tebow saga. With Blaine Gabbert injured and Maurice Jones-Drew also on the shelf for at least another week, Tim Tebow is looking like he can be the greatest move the Jaguars have ever made.
Such is the state of the Jaguars. Maybe CBS should do the right thing and play reruns of Mama’s Family instead of the away games, that would be much more entertaining.