At this point, the Jacksonville Jaguars have become the epitome of the cliche “broken record.” Sunday, the Jaguars fell, 45-17, to the Seattle Seahawks, extending their league-leading losing streak to eight games.
Anything and everything is a mess in Jacksonville. Once a well-respected franchise, the Jaguars have become the laughing stock of the NFL. They have been outscored 92-28 in their first three losses of the 2013 season and there are no signs that anything is getting better.
So, that brings up the question: Should the Jaguars tank the rest of the season to set themselves up for the top pick in the 2014 NFL Draft?
For the fans, you hate to already give up on 2013 only three weeks into it all. But, it is becoming more and more apparent that this team has no chance to turn things around. In fact, the Jaguars don’t even have a realistic shot at winning anymore than three games. The verdict is out on Blaine Gabbert and that is he’s a failed experiment.
They drafted him high in the first round of the 2011 Draft in hopes he could be the franchise quarterback. However, he has lost his job to Chad Henne in his third year and never showed that he has what it takes to lead the team for years to come. It’s time for the Jaguars to start thinking about the future.
Next year’s draft is full of top-level talent and potential franchise-changing players.
Maybe you’ve heard of Teddy Bridgewater, Jadaveon Clowney or Tajh Boyd. They missed on their evaluation of Gabbert and desperately need a signal-caller. Clowney is an elite playmaker and taking him with the first pick would be very tempting, but winning starts at the quarterback position and Jacksonville’s No.1 need is a quarterback for the future.
If we were talking about last year, tanking the season wouldn’t have been nearly as justifiable with a weak overall draft. However, next year’s draft is a huge upgrade and, years down the line, could be what fans pointed to as the start of a turnaround.
Pride would tell you to not give up on 2013 and try and win some games, but now isn’t the time for the Jaguars to worry about pride. Throwing the rest of the season would give them a chance to start building a winner with all the talent in the upcoming draft. It’s time to start winning for the future by losing now.