Listening to the Jaguars play-by-play, I was getting frustrated. Finally, around the third quarter, I gave up. I walked away, threw my jersey off, and took a deep breath. Shaking my head, I thought about my high hopes for the season.
Then I pulled up the Internet. I went to nfl.com and saw the Jaguars had finally scored a touchdown. I turned the radio back on, and listened to the Jaguars force a comeback.
Yet on fourth down, Nate Hughes dropped the ball on a sure touchdown.
And what would have been one of the greatest comebacks in the NFL this season disappeared, just like that.
And so did the Jaguars' season.
Of course, the season is far from over—in fact, it is only week two, and there are 17 weeks of football (14 games) left to be played.
Only around 13 percent of teams who start 0-2 make the playoffs.
But was the Jaguars' objective this season to make the playoffs, or to just show improvement?
Of course, the goal for every season should be the playoffs.
And thus begins the debate. Optimism or Pessimism?
What should we see from the Jaguars? Should we see a team that doesn't give up, a team that exploded through the air in the second half, MJD playing like he was supposed to, and the possible emergance of Mike Sims-Walker?
Or should we see a team who let Kurt Warner throw for hundreds of yards and break the percentage-completion-in-a-game record, a team that may have been able to move the ball in the second half because the game was already seemingly over, a team who couldn't maintain drives?
Personally, I have been leaning toward the optimistic side for the first part of the season. Yet the 31-17 score of last weekend's game brings down the postives that were established.
It's all perspective, my friends, and this persepective is what defines the Jaguars' success or failure so far this season.
Take the loss to the Cardinals.
If the refs had called the pass interference, or if the field goal hadn't been blocked, does anyone realize that the game would have been at least 24-20? The Jaguars would not be heralded as the terrible failure that people see now.
Or what if Nate Hughes catches the touchdown? The Jaguars could have pulled off one of the greatest combacks in NFL history.
Yet it is the bad play of the first half that reminds people of the Vikings game a year ago.
So which perspective will the Jaguars bring out on Sunday afternoon against the Texans?
I guess we'll just have to wait and see...