The many roadblocks involved in bringing a football team together are never more apparent than in training camp, as the Jaguars can attest after half a week of practices.
From last Friday morning (July 30) to Monday's evening session, the news from Jacksonville's practice field has been largely of conflict, discord, and adversity—even within the framework of a positive buzz around the organization, which hasn't escaped the notice of Colts president Bill Polian.
In a recent interview, Polian commented on the Jaguars saying, "They may not be a playoff team, yet, because their division is so strong, but they are going to be the most improved team...in the AFC."
If that's to be true, it'll depend on how well Jacksonville can absorb the individual highs, lows, struggles, and suffering involved in these first days. Not everyone comes into camp on the same page, as you'll see in these slides.
On great teams the difference is that everyone gets there—and, in several early bright spots, the Jaguars are showing signs of the fire they'll need.