Anger, sadness, rage, shock, bitterness, ambivalence, suffering, disbelief, embarrassment, disgust, shame, despair, humiliation. Did I miss any of the emotions felt by Jacksonville Jaguars fans on Sunday during and after their lopsided loss to a rookie quarterback and first-time head coach of a team widely regarded as one of the worst in football?
The loss was eerily similar to the week five 13-6 loss at home to the Houston Texans last year. The Jags had just come off a tough loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and were playing at home against a winless Houston team that would go on to have the second worst record in football, and the No. 2 overall pick in the 2023 draft. The Jaguars then proceeded to lay an egg the size of Texas.
It was a lifeless, undisciplined, and uninspired performance even though the Jaguars outgained Houston by 174 yards. It was supposed to be a bounce-back game for the Jaguars. Instead, they got bounced out of the stadium.
Fast forward to this year. The Jaguars were coming off a tough loss to Kansas City. The Texans came to town without a win. The Jaguars again outgained the Texans in what was supposed to be a rebound game. Instead, they currently trialing the Indianapolis Colts by one game in the AFC South.
The Jaguars loss to the Texans in Week 4 felt like Deja Vu
The emotion I felt was none of the aforementioned, but rather resignation. Because this is who the Jaguars are. Time and time again, they make the same mistakes, whether it be on the field (another costly Agnew fumble), on the sidelines (play calling and decision-making has been atrocious), or in the draft room (I'll get to that later).
A recent meme is floating around the internet showing NFL team records over a 162-game baseball season. The Jaguars were the worst team in the league during that time span, winning barely 30 percent of their games. It's not an X's and O's thing. It's not a coaching thing. Heck, it's not even a talent thing. It's a cultural thing. Losing has permeated the culture for over a decade.
While Doug Pederson and Trent Baalke have tried to change the culture, the stench of the last thirteen years still lingers heavily around Everbank Stadium. In short, Jaguar fans should be used to the futility displayed against the Texans last Sunday. They should be used to the "worst-case scenario." They should be used to Murphy's Law. They should be used to "Here we go again."