The situation is more serious than we think

I was optimistic about the season but things have changed. We are looking at a scenario for the 2010 season that could place more stress on the Jaguar organization than it can endure. Consider this list of possibilities:

The Jaguars earn the number one draft position. Don’t think that could happen? The games against Buffalo and Oakland may determine if it is true. The number one draft choice has commanded a $50 million deal. Every time we drafted at the number 10 position, we had to say goodbye to veterans to pay for the new draftee.  At the number one draft position, the Jaguars would have serious financial decisions to make. If the number one position is a quarterback, as it should be, the price will be high. Pray for a rookie wage scale.

A new coach is required. I just don’t see how Jack Del Rio could survive another meltdown season. I don’t see why he should. As fans, we would have lost confidence. Would the Jaguars try and sign a top name? What would that cost? A top name could demand $10 million. The Jaguars would have to hire either a John Fox (not a bad option) or an assistant looking to break through. I doubt we could afford a top dollar guy.

Ticket sales might suffer.  I don’t know what attraction the Jaguars would hold for the community watching the end of the David Garrard / Jack Del Rio era this year. I am hoping the community responds well to their team but it is a very real concern.

Contract signings become tough. Would Marcedes Lewis sign a new contract with this team if New England came looking? Would free agents want to play for the Jaguars? Seriously, good players want money and a Championship. If they can’t have a Championship, they want even more money. Gene won’t go for this. We will be facing a tough situation for talent.

Here is the bottom line. We have to keep showing up at the games. The bottom line is attendance. Showing up and booing is better than empty seats and silence. Change must come to the Jaguars and I think we need to show up and demand the change. I think as fans, we must own this team and ensure it gets better. We must create an atmosphere where good players want to play and a Championship is demanded.  How bad can it get for the Jaguars? Only as bad as we the fans let it get. We must be the strength of the Jaguars.

- Terry O’Brien

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  • Rhett Chrystal

    Sorry, but I don’t think Marcedes would leave MJD, they are like best buds.

    • tkopa

      Thanks! That is a good reason to stay. The Jaguars need to rebuild quickly and get moving from this bottom position.

  • zoltanfrombudapest

    My points:
    I think we will be not in race for top 1 pick. Bills; Browns; Raiders; Rams; Bucs- there are much more bad teams Terry. I think we must not lost the perspective. The Jaguars had a stinko in the last 2 games. Yes. But I think they have enough talent. They beat Denver. I think that was NOT a fluke. They can do it. And I think they will win games. 13 games are still ahead.

    Blackouts will be a huge issues this year; I agree. I hope the Jags can sell out the next 3 games. They are AFC South teams. The fans must stop whining and must show up at least on these 3 games.

    I think money is the issue: If the Jaguars offer enough money to Marcedes; or any player you want to keep; they can do it.

    Jack? We will see. He has not much chance left…

    • tkopa


      We might not be better than the Bills, Browns or Raiders or Rams. We have three of them on the schedule so we will see!

      • zoltanfrombudapest

        I think we are Terry. The offense can beat an average or below average D. And I hope not everyone will have a super passing game (Stopping the run is something I think the Jas can do)

        • Luke

          Not everyone has had a super passing game though. Even Kyle Orton (whom I’ve loved since he helped lead the Bears to the Superbowl while Grossman was out) put up huge numbers on us. I’m willing to bet anybody can post 200 or better on us.

  • zoltanfrombudapest

    Also Paul Kuharsky noted this article – congratuulation

    • jagsoldier

      I think Jack is done. If history has taught us anything it is that when a coach has a few bad seasons in a row then he is sent packing. I commented during the game that I fear the Jaguars might be the worst team in the league right now. I cant think of another team playing as bad. If I am right then we would get the top pick or maybe somewhere in the top 3. The Jags have the money to pay a #1 pick. Im mean seriously, besides Garrard and MJD, who has a huge contract? No one really. Its time to spend money for top picks and Gene needs to start collecting as many picks as possible.

      • Luke

        Not to mention that with a top pick and such a coveted class of signal callers coming out we (Hopefully) could trade out of the top 10 and pick up some stuff.

  • Luke

    Perhaps Leslie Frazier to replace Del Rio? Just a thought…

    • zoltanfrombudapest

      Or Kirk Ferentz. I guess I know who will be then the next Jags QB (Ricky “Mr. Clutch” Stanzi). And I think we might pick Adrian Clayborn with the 1st round pick…