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Rubbing salt in the wounds, the Web site PredictionMachine.com recently ran a series of simulated games between the current and expansion Jaguars, which found the `95 squad won more than 60 percent of the time by an average score of 19-14.
At least that’s more competitive than the present-day Jaguars have been this season. They’ve led for a grand total of 22 minutes, 14 seconds _ not even one half of one game, and never by more than seven points.
Where did it all go wrong?
The root of the Jaguars‘ problems can be traced to their last trip to the playoffs in 2007, when they got an inflated view of how good they really were. After winning a wild-card game at Pittsburgh and giving unbeaten New England a run for its money in the divisional round, Jacksonville handed quarterback David Garrard the largest contract in franchise history and traded four picks to draft defensive end Derrick Harvey at No. 8 overall.
Harvey lasted only three seasons in Jacksonville, finishing with eight career sacks, and no one else picked by Jaguars was still around even two years later. Then came another ill-fated move in 2011, when they traded up to grab Gabbert and missed the obvious warning signs: several quarterback-desperate teams had already passed on him.
Now, Jacksonville will have to use another high pick on a QB.
At least they won’t have to trade up this time.
“We’ve got to get more talent,” Khan said. “But I definitely feel we’re moving in the right direction. Status quo, maintaining what we had, was not an option.”
Maybe it will all work out. In the meantime, here are a few suggestions for the people of Jacksonville to make lemonade out of this lemon of a team.
_ When the Jaguars score a touchdown at home, take a shot. Don’t worry if you’re a teetotaler _ the Jags have yet to reach the end zone in three games on their own field. Their leading scorer at EverBank Field is Josh Scobee with three field goals. Their second-leading scorer at home is backup linebacker J.T. Thomas, who blocked a punt that rolled out of the end zone for a safety in the season opener.
_ Join the picket line that shows up outside the stadium every Monday at 3:16 p.m. (in reference to the famous Bible verse), calling for the Jaguars to sign former Florida star Tim Tebow. There’s no chance of the team heeding the request (or, even if they did, Tebow being of any help at all), but at least you can get in some regular exercise.
_ Pretend you live in Los Angeles, a city often mentioned as a possible landing spot should the Jaguars look for a more profitable home than sleepy Jacksonville. Instead of fretting over your pathetic team on Sundays, go to the beach or have a cookout. If you insist on watching the NFL, pick a non-Jaguars game (remember, it’s like you don’t have a team of your own).
Who knows? Maybe the Jaguars will actually move to L.A. one of these days.
It never hurts to dream.
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