The decision to sign quarterback Nick Foles this offseason has changed the narrative concerning the Jacksonville Jaguars heading into the 2019 NFL season.
This is the year it works, right? The Jaguars finally resolved the quarterback conflict. As a fan, we have hope in the form of shiny new quarterback Nick Foles, the darling of Philadelphia. The MVP of a Super Bowl played against the invincible New England Patriots, whose consistent quarterback play sits as a stark contrast to the Jaguars failed attempts at the position.
Nothing in the sports world retains more thrill than being an intimate fan of a winning team, I hear. I can only imagine how awesome the sports life that a Patriots fans must possess. Their answer to every rebuttal ready, set and made. They don’t even try to creatively assess and then defend their team – it would be unnecessary.
So consistently over the years I could find any Patriots fan and point out the difference in the current team versus their most recent Super Bowl winning team and how that might lead to failures for the current team. It never matters, they always say… ”Yeah, you know that’s a good point but we got Tom Brady, Bro”!
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I might see another Boston sports fan on another year and ask how the Patriots will be able to overcome the loss of, say, their starting left tackle. I mean, the season isn’t really going well and that’s one of the most important spots on the entire roster. Surely, this could cause doubt.
It never does. You know why? “They got Brady, Bro”!
That’s right, they got Brady. The NFL rocks back and forth on a pendulum swung by the presence of quarterback play. The man touches the ball on every play, meaning he plays as a determining factor in every play. While that defines important on the team, the Jaguars, historically, don’t fix the most important position well, but they sure do try.
Byron Leftwich, David Garrard, Blaine Gabbert, Blake Bortles – all tried really hard to become elite at the most elite position in sports but have ultimately failed. While requiring an enormous amount of individual effort, this requires more than just the player. Success at this position requires cohesion, strategy, and teammates among other things.
When you don’t draft quarterbacks well, you probably aren’t fixing all the other holes on your roster as well either. Not only do the Jaguars not have a franchise quarterback but the Jaguars have far too many memories of watching Brady send them packing in the playoffs. Those losses leave a stain because they remind you that you exist on the wrong side of greatness.
I make no decision on whether hope being eternal rests as a positive or a negative for a fanbase that goes to sleep at night wearing the effects of a decade-long excursion into the basement of NFL success hidden away from big primetime games. The Jaguars, as a franchise, clutched dearly many opportunities to adjust their problems at quarterback, yet they failed over and over in the historically famous first round of the NFL Draft. So, what’s next? Easy, skip the draft this time and take a high-priced free agent with playoff pedigree.
We got this new guy at quarterback and he, like Brady, won a Super Bowl MVP and he even did so against Brady. For the first time in many, many moons, my friends, the Jaguars have a high-resume quarterback that proved his mettle deep in the playoffs.
Much sweeter is the taste of victory when it comes against the famous Brady-led Patriots. Foles impressed everyone for that stretch of games. Here’s to winning the field and the conversations because… We got Foles, Bro!