The Jacksonville Jaguars are apparently okay with winning.
All joking aside, after looking like one of the worst teams in league history to start the season, the Jacksonville Jaguars are actually one of the league’s hotter teams in November and now stretching into December. Having won four out of 13 games wouldn’t seem like something to celebrate, especially if you were a team that could use a high draft pick, but the Jaguars are A.O.K with the way things have been going lately, winning four of their last five games.
Essentially, the “Tank for Teddy” campaign has taken a nosedive into the trash, and the Jaguars are suddenly seeing some fruits of their other recent draft classes in head coach Gus Bradley’s first year with the team, including some really nice performances from their young defense.
Thus it shall be. The Jaguars will allow someone else to draft Teddy Bridgewater, and they’ll be left taking whatever is leftover but they are okay with that. The general belief is that there is no blue-chip QB prospect in this draft, rather a bunch of guys that could be solid pros. This is a deep draft at a few positions, and depending on how the rest of the season turns out, the Jags should still get a pretty decent pick.
It’s not ideal to continue moving down in the draft order, but the Jaguars have proven that not even Jadeveon Clowney is worth tanking a season for, even as desperate for talent as they seemed before they finally got that first victory in November.
As an aside, check out this Best Tickets Blog piece on an NBA and NFL comparison. It’s a great little piece detailing the differences between arguably the two most popular leagues in America.