3. Thing to be thankful for: The Jaguars aren't dealing with locker room drama
You know a team is in bad shape and most likely has a toxic locker room culture when they make the news for off-field stuff rather than their accomplishments on the football field. Fortunately, that's not the Jacksonville Jaguars case. Having said that, they haven't been exempt from controversy in recent years. Back in the late 2010s, Tom Coughlin returned as the vice president of football personnel. Although his contributions as the head coach in the 1990s will never be forgotten, his tenure as a team executive didn't go as well.
Coughlin often clashed with players, and his presence turned Jacksonville into one of the least desirable destinations for free agents. His presence also contributed to the departure of several players. Once the organization realized there was no benefit of keeping Coughlin around, and was instead harming the team, they cut ties with him. But as demoralizing as Coughlin was for Jacksonville, Urban Meyer was much worse.
Looking for someone to resurrect the team after a 1-15 campaign in 2020, owner Shad Khan actively ignored all the red flags Urban Meyer had and brought him to be the head coach. Right off the bat, it was clear that was a horrible idea. Meyer had success at the collegiate level but he wasn't interested in adapting his style to the NFL, He "led" by threatening and diminishing his players and staff. His ineptitude and lies often got the spotlight. In the end, the Jags kicked him to the curb less than a year after hiring him.
With Urban Meyer in the fold (or Tom Coughlin in his executive days), the Jaguars no longer get the spotlight for the wrong reasons, and that's something worth celebrating. Also, coach Coughlin is getting inducted into the Pride of the Jaguars, and that's another positive news.