What is keeping Jaguars games away from Jacksonville?

Fans of the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on September 16, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Fans of the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on September 16, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) /

Since 2013, the Jags fanbase has been able to wake up early to watch the game at Wembley. There is no doubt that I would like to watch more meaningful games that involve the Jaguars. Especially with the optimism Doug Pederson has brought to the franchise with the moves he’s made. Since becoming the head coach of the Jaguars, he has been making a lot of coaching hires. These moves at least on paper make the team better and will give the Jaguars a chance to reverse a trend of hiring terrible coaches.

The team needed to make some big sweeping changes. Unlike the changes that came with Urban Meyer. There did not seem to be a lot of pro-level experience. Pederson’s moves will bring some success that will benefit the Jaguars in a few years and that could in turn mean more primetime games.

The Jaguars have a history of making bad decisions that would hurt the image of the franchise. There have been some years that fans had a hard time tuning into the games on Sunday. The losses seem to be mounting. The Jaguars had to tarp some of their seating to make filling the stadium a little easier.

The Jaguars must build support in Jacksonville.

As you can imagine, the NFL doesn’t want to televise games that have a stadium half full. Shad Khan had to make some changes to the TIAA Bank Field (then EverBank Field) and make some upgrades in 2014. One can understand that he wanted to have more attractions for fans to come back to the stadium. Khan had to take some drastic actions to make the stadium more appealing but as long as the Jags keep losing, they will have to give away a few homes games.

Playing at Wembley Stadium was an opportunity to get the team in front of a larger crowd. The stadium has always been full of fans. It was a match that benefits both the NFL and the Jaguars organization but if they start winning, the league will need to consider bringing the game back to Jacksonville.

The Jaguars have to build a team that fans want to support when there is a home game. I would like to see this happen within the next couple of years. Doug Pederson is putting a coaching staff that will attract some franchise-changing talent. The bottom line is the Jags need to start winning more games. This is the ultimate way for any sports team to build a following. The success that the franchise experienced recently in 2017 can show proof. For as long as sports have been around winning is the only thing that will cure all ailments.

Undoubtedly, there is hope that there will be a quick turnaround for the Jaguars. The NFL intends to play games in Germany, Mexico, and Canada. Some other teams can take on the foreign games for a while and when the Jags start winning, the games need to come back. I would like to see the game return to Jacksonville before the 2025 season. When do you think it’s a good time to bring the game back to DUVAL?

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