To me, the Jacksonville Jaguars are one of the strangest teams to figure out. During the NFL's last expansion, instead of putting a team in the second largest market in America, LA, the powers that be decided to put the franchise in Jacksonville, Florida.
The Jaguars have had numerous problems selling out home games, and have had many games blacked out,for lack of ticket sales.
They have even had games where they would section off parts of the stadium so that people would not see the empty seats.
This is not to disrespect the fans of Jacksonville in any way. I actually feel sorry for any city that loses their team. But I honestly believe from the top down the Jaguars are looking to make a change.
For starters this offseason we had the verbal spatting between head coach Jack Del Rio and owner Wayne Weaver over Del Rio's interest in coaching the USC Trojans when Pete Carroll left to coach the Seahawks.
Del Rio is a former player and coach at USC, and I would be willing to bet the mortgage that the powers that be at USC would have taken Del Rio over Lane Kiffin in a second.
Del Rio has been the Jaguars second coach, only to Tom Coughlin, since the inception of the Jaguars in 1995.
He has made some curious decisions, such as allowing Byron Leftwich to walk out the door and to hand the reigns of the franchise to David Garrard.
Garrard is a decent player, but has yet to prove that he is any where near good enough to lead the Jaguars into the future successfully. And Jacksonville has done nothing to bring in competition for him, or address the situation in the draft.
The defensive line has struggled, even though Aaron Kampman was brought in to help the younger players.
Maurice Jones-Drew and Mike Sims-Walker are two potential superstars, but without a quality offensive line or quarterback, neither one's skills will reach full potential as long as they are in Jacksonville.
Though there are some bright spots for the Jaguars, there are just too many holes for this team to make a serious run at the Lombardi this year.
My prediction: 5-11, last place in the AFC South.