The Jacksonville Jaguars lost again and dropped to 1-8 on the season after getting blown out at home by Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts by a score of 27-10, but Jaguars fans and bloggers have started to feel a deeper level of frustration with this team.
Jacksonville is a bad team, and most expected them to slosh through the season without picking up many wins, but they've committed the sin of becoming painfully uninteresting -- even to their most loyal supporters.
While Andrew Luck posted an 80.1 QB Rating and outscored the Jaguars on his own by rushing for two touchdowns, Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne provided examples of how to avoid impacting a game in a positive manner. The details of the game ceased to be important when the Colts grabbed a commanding 24-3 lead with 10:50 remaining in the third quarter -- courtesy of an 11-yard interception return for a touchdown by Darius Butler. That point marked the biggest problem for the Jaguars this season; they aren't fun to watch. The losses aren't dramatic, or exciting or oh-so-close affairs that give people hope. Nearly every loss has been painful.
Alfie Crow of Big Cat Country whipped out the sledgehammer and started waving it around after the loss on Thursday night. He flatly announced that this iteration of the Jaguars is the worst team in franchise history. It's hard to argue with him. The Jaguars have been outscored 153-44 in five games at home this season, and they don't have many key building blocks on the roster to give the blowouts any redeeming developmental qualities. Here's what Crow had to say:
This, by almost all accounts, is the worst team in franchise history. Even the 1995 expansion team wasn't even this bad. By Week 10 of the 1995 season, the Jaguars had three wins and had lost just three games by more than a touchdown. The 1995 offense was near the bottom in the league on offense, but the 2012 Jaguars are dead last in total offense and points and the defense isn't far behind.
It's just painful to watch. It's not even fun to joke about anymore. I found myself not even caring to pay attention in my seat by the middle of the second quarter, constantly checking the score of the Florida State vs. Virginia Tech game.
When heavily invested fans and analysts are counting the minutes until the season is over, something is wrong. Here's to hoping the Jaguars spend the next seven games figuring out what needs to be changed and how to change it during the offseason.