2009 NFL season in review: Jacksonville Jaguars
It seems the biggest problem for the Jacksonville Jaguars is to find a way to get more people to attend their games in a NFL market that appears all but tapped out. This is a team that could not sell out a game against the undefeated Indianapolis Colts in 2009. That is not good news, on the field though the have an ok QB, but no help around him beyond star running back Maurice Jones-Drew.
It also seems like they are going to draft hometown boy Tim Tebow in the draft as a promotional ploy, but they should know that several teams have tried that in the past to disastrous results. At the moment I am thinking of Detroit Pistons decision to draft hometown boy Mateen Cleaves, which never really helped the team sell tickets.
In terms of offense and defense this was the 24th best team in the NFL, so yes their on the field product could use some work, but if the choose to draft Tebow they are giving away a top 11 draft pick on a player who may not have the skill set to produce at the NFL level. Instead of addressing their needs as a football team, that is not a sound decision and it will set this franchise farther back than it already is.
There are reports that the team will release veteran free agent OT Tra Thomas and WR Terry Holt, and this seems to be an indication that when the salary floor disappears with the salary cap that the Jaguars will try to field a team at a huge discount. That in turn will compel more Jaguars fans to stay away, and this team will suffer because of it.