Jaguars Fan, thy Name is Paranoia


Last week, one of our readers, known by the moniker “Buster White” (if that’s your real name, that is awesome), pondered if perhaps our seemingly “awesome” schedule that gives the small-market Jaguars plenty of big-time national exposure isn’t quite the blessing that most Jaguars fans have initially proclaimed it to be. Let’s explore…

We’ve been quick to applaud the NFL for the scheduling they’ve given the Jaguars in 2010 and 2011 that supposedly give us a real shot at showcasing our team and the strength of the fanbase. Last year, Jacksonville was granted several 4:00 games and a home Monday Nighter against the Titans, which I’m sure everyone painfully remembers, was an epically embarrassing slaughtering. In 2011, the Jaguars have two Monday Nighters at Everbank Field (the Baltimore Ravens on Oct. 24 and the San Diego Chargers on Dec. 5) and an away game against the Atlanta Falcons on December 14. From a less optimistic perspective, you might think…

  • To start the month of December, a month that has devastated the Jaguars in recent years, the Jaguars have 3 games in 11 days (Dec. 5 – Dec. 15). In that time the Jacksonville will play San Diego at home on MNF, Tampa Bay at home, and then head to Atlanta for a Thursday night game. That’s a lot of football and all three of those teams are likely to be fighting for a playoff spot this year.
  • Combine those three games with an away game against (always pesky) Tennessee and finishing the season against Indianapolis and not many teams have a tougher December than the Jags.
  • Not that they “owe” us anything, but the NFL did not schedule any games at Everbank against historically “mobile” fanbases. The onus of ticket buying and filling the stadium, for both revenues and appearances, will be solely on the Jaguars’ faithful.

So what do you think? Am I paranoid?

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    • Brandon Clark

      paranoia comes from a lack of knowledge and a fear of the consequences

      that applies to the 2011 team and their big games. the team is an unknown and the manner in which they portray themselves on national tv is an unknown

      the worst part is that we dont know if they’ll be in the playoff hunt in december. if they aren’t, then by some standards, it wouldn’t matter

      but i prefer to see the fight late in the season, regardless of outcome.

      but remember the wise words of the philosopher Mike Singletary:
      “We want winners, we want people who play to win the game!”

    • Slawsc

      This is a classic “Dead Zone” article. I think the NFL recognizes that the Jaguars arrow is pointing up (not down). I wouldn’t worry about any of this paranoia talk.

    • tkopa

      The one thing I like about Jack Del Rio is he never backs away from a challenge, at least in attitude. This schedule to him is one filled with opportunity for greatness. To him, you can’t ask for anything else but opportunity.

      How it will play out? Flip a coin! Will it be a stunning JETS victory type series or an egg laying Monday Night at home against the Titans. The Jaguars are capable of either.

      At least we have one thing to look forward to this year, Blaine may have an opportunity to step in and do something interesting. It will be a fun month to watch.

    • kjones407

      I think it is a blessing and curse. I think it will help the younger players more so than anyone, just because they’ll be going up against some of the best the league has to offer. It’ll also be good for us fans, because this should make for some exciting games. Ultimately though, this could be bad for Del Rio, because there is no way to tell how the team is going to fare. I think the only way he isn’t the coach come 2012, is if the team completely falters. I don’t think that will happen, but who knows. I definately think it’s paranoia to think that league is against the Jags being successful, but it isn’t too farfetched to be untrue, at least I think so. This recent talk of the team being one to potentially relocate to Toronto really doesn’t help any of the fans who are paranoid about the leagues’ faith in Jacksonville as a NFL market.