It is a challenge to watch poorly played football. Incompletions, dropped passes, fumbles, and whatever other signs of ineptitude you can think of are annoying.
Which is why teams that feature many players known for their lack of skill are often ignored on Sundays when we flip through the channels.
What if I told you that, despite being one of the worst teams in the NFL, the Jaguars should not be skipped over by you?
The Jaguars are not a good team. It would be fair to argue that they have one of the worst rosters in football. However, does that make the Jaguars a boring team to watch? Let me try framing this team a different way.
The Jaguars are a team with a former top-10 quarterback entering his third season after two disappointing campaigns. There is a veteran breathing down his neck who may not have another chance at a starting job.
At running back, the Jaguars have a player formerly considered to be one of the best ball carriers in the game, but who has been decimated by injuries to the point of obscurity. Of their top two receivers, one cannot stay out of trouble and the other needs to prove that he was not a fluke.
Then there is the offensive line, and this is where it gets interesting. The Jaguars had a solid left tackle on the roster already. A veteran who is a former top-10 pick himself that had worked his way into relevance.
Which is why it was curious to see a team with the worst pass rush in football draft another left tackle with the second overall pick this past year. Then news came out that the Jaguars used data from Pro Football Focus to determine that the right tackle position was undervalued, and that they believed having a dominant tackle tandem was the first step towards winning.
On defense, the Jaguars have a tackling machine at middle linebacker; a sideline to sideline enforcer who strives to correct the mistakes made by his teammates. They have a veteran defensive lineman who was once considered an unstoppable force off the edge, but was placed on waivers last season with the hopes of being claimed by a playoff contender. Then the Jaguars got him. In the secondary, a collection of rookies and unknown veterans will look to prove themselves.
The secondary deserves its own paragraph because it is curious what the Jaguars did in this year’s draft. A team with a major need at pass rush did not draft a single pass rusher, but did draft defensive backs with five of their eight picks.
Is this the front office figuring that, if you collect enough young players, eventually one or two will step up, or is this another market inefficiency the front office is attempting to exploit? It could also be as simple as the Jaguars realizing that their roster had holes at nearly every position so there was no point in being selective during the draft. Selecting the best player regardless of position would have been smart.
Are you still not excited to watch the Jaguars? What if I told you that they also have a player who was one of the most explosive and dynamic in college the last four seasons? This guy is so versatile that he is listed as the fifth wide receiver, the third running back, and the fifth quarterback on the Jaguars' initial preseason depth chart.
To add to that excitement, they selected another diminutive playmaker in the former SEC special teams player of the year. Both players represent lightning in a bottle as the type of player who can make any play special.
So, when I put things that way, are you excited about the Jaguars now? This team will lose more games than it wins. In fact, they will lose a lot more games than they win.
But, I will be watching each one enthralled by the action I see. Maybe that is because I love football. Maybe that is because I am stuck living in North Florida making the Jaguars my one o’clock CBS game every week.
Or, maybe that is because there is something happening in Jacksonville. A revolution from the last team everyone would expect. It is a slow moving revolution, a revolution of patience and understanding. But maybe patience pays in this respect.