And they want you to know it too.
When talking with Jacksonville Jaguars President Mark Lamping on Wednesday, Jaguars.com senior writer John Oehser asked Lamping what he thinks would make his second year with the team a successful one. Lamping replied:
If we did a fan survey a year from now and we asked our fans to say one thing about the Jaguars, and their response was, ‘The Jaguars do not take my support as a fan for granted. They value that I’m a very important part of what that organization is all about, and they respect me enough to ensure that I understand where the franchise has been, but more importantly where it’s going and how we’re trying to get to where we need to be.’
While I doubt that most fans would give something that long in response, the goal is admirable. Lamping really wants the Jaguars to be an experience for the fans, driven by the fans. The changes coming to the Jaguars are not coming because the team feels that they can operate above their fan support. They know what drives the team, and that’s us.
The Jaguars have long been considered a class organization. Our fans don’t have to rent an airplane and fly it over the stadium or create a twitter to fire out GM or head coach. The team is respectful. While Lamping thinks he has a lot of work to do in order to get to where fans don’t feel taken for granted, I think he’s doing a pretty good job already, even without ginat video boards.
People like Lamping make me glad that I’m a fan of the Jaguars.
- Luke N. Sims
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