Jaguars fans clown movement gaining steam and national spotlight

Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke. (Imagn Images photo pool)
Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke. (Imagn Images photo pool) /

As soon as the Jacksonville Jaguars announced they will be retaining general manager Trent Baalke, fans took to social media to show their displeasure with the decision. They got the #FireBaalke and #KhlownOut hashtags trending and the movement has garnered national media attention.

For those living under a rock, Jaguars fans want the team to clean house, and keeping Baalke, who hasn’t had a track record both as a talent evaluator and working with people, could hinder their search for a new head coach. Fans are determined to have their voices heard that they are planning to show up for the Week 18 matchup at TIAA BankField wearing clown suits and other clown-related props.

One agent of a head coaching candidate has gone as far as to say the only way his client interviews with Jacksonville is if he is fired. What started as a local trend has gone on to get the national spotlight. Outlets such as Pro Football Talk, Bleacher Report, and Sports Illustrated have picked up the story. If the Jaguars organization weren’t aware of it (it seems like they are), now they are. The noise is getting louder and the pressure is growing by the day to move on from Baalke. Here’s one post from Sports Illustrated’s official Twitter account:

Here’s one by Bleacher Report.; this is getting big.

The Jaguars could see a TIAA BankField get filled with clowns in Week 18.

You may or may not like the clown movement but one thing is clear, Jaguars fans have grown tired of all the losing. Over the last ten years, Jacksonville has only won seven games or more once, and keeping Baalke would make it difficult for their next head coach to implement his vision.

Keep in mind that the clown movement isn’t making fun of owner Shad Khan. Instead, it’s a reflection of the fans’ frustration with the “clown” decision to retain Baalke. Having said that, Khan isn’t actively trying to lose a la Major League and is smart to know that he needs to change course if something isn’t working.

Khan isn’t a mustache-twirling villain benefiting from all the losing the Jaguars have had to endure (although some supervillains are definitely jealous of his great mustache). If anything, he would make more money if the Jags win more, as they would get more attention from the national media. That’s why he needs to cut ties with Baalke and bring in someone that can run his football operations and is up to date with the current NFL landscape.

It’s always great to hear feedback from others and on Sunday, fans will let the Jaguars know how they feel about Baalke. If the organization doesn’t listen to the outcry, the noise will only get louder and the pressure to cut ties with the general manager will definitely ramp up.

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