Have the Jacksonville Jaguars Become a Visiting Blackout for Home Teams?
Look out NFL: the Jacksonville Jaguars may bring a plague to a stadium near you. For the second time this season, the home team is experiencing a television blackout while hosting the Jaguars. First, it was the San Diego Chargers, and now it's the Buffalo Bills this weekend.
Granted, the Bills are terrible this season, and the San Diego Chargers were coming off a poor performance to open the season losing to Kansas City 21-14 when the Jaguars arrived. Nevertheless, it's proof that the Jaguars are the most irrelevant football team in the NFL.
This season the Jaguars haven't suffered a blackout at home unlike the 2009 season where Jacksonville had only one game (i.e. the Indianapolis Colts) that wasn't blacked-out. However, the teams that have come to Jacksonville so far in 2010 are the Denver Broncos (i.e. Tim Tebow), Philadelphia Eagles (i.e. Michael Vick), and the Indianapolis Colts.
The Jaguars are suffering in so many areas it's painful to list. First, with the exception of Maurice Jones-Drew, the Jaguars lack any star power that could bring media exposure to the team. They should replace their helmets with brown paper bags.
The coaching staff is weak and unassuming. The days of Tom Coughlin and Dom Capers are long gone. Today the Jaguars have Jack Del Rio, Mel Tucker, and Dirk Koetter, and to date haven't done anything that merits reward or recognition.
Then there are the blown first-round draft picks. Since 2003, the year Del Rio became head coach, the Jaguars have had eight first-round draft picks, and not counting the last two since they are still in the development stage, four are already gone from the team (i.e. Leftwich, Williams, Jones, and Nelson), and one is close to finding the front door (i.e Derrick Harvey).
Only one, Marcedes Lewis, is showing any progress in making his selection a viable one.
This week's game in Buffalo is huge for the Jaguars. If they win, then they will return home to most likely another televised home game. However, if they lose, and don't be surprised if they do, then you can bet the Jaguar fan-base will find something else to do on Sunday afternoons.
The people of Buffalo obviously have something more important to do this coming Sunday.
James Walker is a Syndicated and National Writer for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on:
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