Jacksonville Jaguars Press Corp Is My AFC South Crush of the Week

Nate Dunlevy@NateDunlevyGuest ColumnistJuly 2, 2012

A Forth of July salute to those who cover the Jaguars
A Forth of July salute to those who cover the JaguarsSam Greenwood/Getty Images

It's July, and with all the NFL teams and players on hiatus until training camp starts, it's tough to find news.

Most reporters take vacation time during July, knowing there simply isn't much to talk about.

This seems like a great time to acknowledge the incredible work one paper does in covering their local football team.

The Florida Times Union has the best NFL coverage in the AFC South, and for that I'm deeply appreciative.

The three primary writers, Vito Stellino, Tania Ganguli and Gene Frenette, are well-respected and do a tremendous job covering the Jaguars.

When you couple their work with a solid blog community and the best team website in football, anchored by fantastic work of John Oehser, fans of the Jaguars get better coverage than any other fanbase in the South.

Every day, I peruse all the writing that goes on about AFC South teams, and I'm consistently impressed by the depth and quality of coverage of the Jaguars.

While I typically find the coverage of the Texans to be lacking, and the Tennessean has gone to a pay wall, I have never struggled to find good material on the Jags.

Stellino, Ganguli and Frenette do a wonderful job staying balanced. Ganguli especially is a spectacular follow on Twitter and does an excellent job of getting stories up quickly.

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It's important to note that no paper can do its job well without cooperation from the team. The Indianapolis Star writers are all talented, but the Colts are notoriously difficult to work with.

The Jaguars as a franchise have done a good job giving the media room to work. They've been accommodating to me personally, and the O-zone feature they run daily is a shining example of how to make a team site a must-read destination.

Still, if team cooperation was all it took to produce good coverage, the Texans would have the best press around. They have the best media staff in football, but media coverage of the team is woeful. That's not a shot at the writers of the Houston Chronicle, but rather a statement about the volume of coverage dedicated to the team.

So for being head-and-shoulders above the rest, hugs and kisses to all those covering the Jacksonville Jaguars. Stellino, Ganguli, Frenette, Oehser and company, you are my AFC South Crush of the Week.