4 big reasons Jacksonville Jaguars get no respect from the national media

Some Jaguars fans at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. (Imagn Images photo pool)
Some Jaguars fans at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. (Imagn Images photo pool) /
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The Jacksonville Jaguars get little to no respect from the national media and are a punching bag around the league. This isn’t an opinion but a fact that you can easily check if you take a look at the amount of coverage they get from the biggest outlets in the business. This is a shame because the Jags have a passionate and loyal fanbase, one that is willing to stand up for the team they root for even though it has hardly brought them joy since the first game they played back on September 3, 1995.

Having said that, there is no inherent bias from the national media and there are instead many reasonable reasons why other teams, such as the New England Patriots, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Dallas Cowboys, get preferential treatment. Here are the main four.

Reason No. 4 the Jaguars get no respect: They’re a relatively young team

Mark Brunell #8 of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tony Bennett #56 of the Indianapolis Colts, December 10, 1995 at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) /

This is a simple one. The Jaguars have existed for less than 30 years while other NFL franchises were founded before TV was even invented! The Chicago Bears (then the Decatur Staleys) and the Arizona (not Phoenix) Cardinals have been around since the inception of the NFL (then APFA) back in 1920. Thus, both clubs have had plenty of time to garner a pretty robust fanbase.

The Carolina Panthers, a team the same as the Jaguars, don’t get much national coverage either, and the Houston Texans, the youngest team in the NFL, are in the news these days mostly because of the Deshaun Watson debacle. Older clubs have played more games and therefore have had more exposure than the Jags. But that’s far from the only reason.