That's the Average First Round Draft Position for the Jacksonville Jaguars between 2003 and 2012, including trades.
31st out of 36, 34th out of 39, 27th out of 38
These are Blaine Gabbert's rankings in QBR, DVOA and PFF's Signature Stats in 2012
This is the Jaguars point differential in 2013. That's right, folks, the Jaguars have lost by an average of 24.5ppg. The worst point differential in NFL history came in 1976 when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a -287 point differential over 14 games. That was good for an average loss of 20.5ppg. The Jaguars are, through 4 weeks, 4ppg worse than the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The number of wins for this year's Jaguars. Number of fans left in the seats at the end of Sunday's game. Number of NFL quarterbacks on their roster. The number of games they'll play at home in Jacksonville in 2017. The numerical representation of the hope this franchise has.
The Indianapolis Colts beat the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday to move to 3-1 on the season. To many, the story is how good the Colts looked during the domination. To me, the story is how historically bad this Jaguars team is.
Let's start on offense, where, after Sunday's performance (205 yards on 54 plays, 3.8ypp) the 2013 Jaguars have gained 896 yards on 252 plays, for 3.56ypp. The 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, widely regarded as one of, if not the worst team in NFL history, gained 3.5ypp en route to their 0-14 record. But who cares about yards-per-play? I'm told the key to winning in the NFL is scoring points! The record for fewest points scored in an NFL season (in a 16-game schedule) belongs to the 1992 Seattle Seahawks, who scored 140pts (8.75ppg). The 2013 Jacksonville Jaguars have scored 31 points in 4 games (7.75pts). If the Jags continue on this pace, they'll score 124 points this season.
The Jaguars have a legitimate shot at setting new "records" in both of those categories. One other stat to keep an eye on: sacks. Jaguars QBs have been sacked 18 times in 4 games, putting them on pace to be sacked 72 times this year. The record for sacks allowed in a season belongs to the 1986 Eagles who surrendered 104 sacks. While that seems like a huge difference, consider this: the Eagles gave up 6.5 sacks/game. The Jaguars have surrendered 4.5 sacks/game. With games against the Broncos, Texans (x2), Colts (who sacked Gabbert 4 times today), 49ers, and Browns, it's easy to imagine that number jumping up considerably as the season rolls on.
The good news for the Jaguars? The turnover record, which belongs to the 1978 49ers (63 turnovers in 16 games (3.94TO/g) is safe! The Jaguars have 8 turnovers in 4 games, putting them on pace for 32 turnovers this season. That's bad, but not historically bad. So they've got that going for them.
On the other side of the ball, the Jaguars defense isn't nearly as bad as the offense (the defense ranks in the lower third in advanced and conventional stats) but it is in danger of setting the bad kind of record. The NFL record for points surrendered in a season is 533, set by YOUR Baltimore Colts in 1981. That total is good for 33.3ppg. The Jaguars, through 4 games, have surrendered 129pts, good (or bad) for 32.3ppg. With Denver coming up later in October, that number is only going to climb. Here's the tricky part: the Jaguars aren't even the worst ppg in the league! The 0-4 Giants have surrendered a mind-blowing 36.5ppg. But they have the "benefit" of having already played Denver, so there's a chance they'll bring that average down.
In danger of setting the records for both fewest points scored and most points allowed? After having 7-top 10 picks from 2004-2012? And the #2 pick earlier THIS year? Unable to fill a stadium despite dishing out free booze to ticket buyers? Building swimming pools in EverBank Stadium? The Jaguars aren't historically bad. They're historically embarrassing.
Maybe they'll get it right in the 2014 draft, when they'll undoubtedly have another top-2 pick. Maybe they'll find a good way to use their gobs of cap space (something in the neighborhood of $25million). Maybe the Duval Fire Department will show up and put the dumpster fire out.
Yea, and maybe Jason Babin will go an entire game without lining up offside.
Hummm. It's pretty crowed in the AFC south at 3-1. Hopefully the Texans will still be giving away games in the 4th quarter when the Colt's play them.
What minute mark in the 3rd Quarter will the Broncos rest Peyton against Jacs? Otherwise how many asterisks will be have to go in the record books when Peyton demolishes the per game and season touchdown records?
I guess the hand writing was on the wall, when "Ask Vic" bailed on them a couple of years ago.
I have sports hated the Jags for so many years, that the emotian I felt while watching the game yesterday took me by complete surprise... I actually felt sorry for them.
(And does this mean that "Mad" Jack was actually a good coach to keep them as competitive as he did during his reign of terror?)
LOL! That's a lot of work for a team that no one cares about. Well, except for the people who want Tebow back in the league. But then again, ESPN and the NFL Network spend half their time talking about teams with sub .250 records. Oh, wait, I just realized this is a Moaner. Well done sir, no team in the league can better represent that topic.
Yesterday the seats were never filled. Sadly, between the 40 yard lines where the Jaguars most hearty season ticket holders have seats in the Touchdown Club there was about 50% teal seatbacks showing where fans should be.
I saw bags--plenty of brown paper bags. This year the Jaguars got a sponsorship from Publix, a large supermarket chain who promptly printed up lots of brown paper bags emblazoned with the words, "Go Jaguars!" on each side. Fans put them to good use Sunday. Some had painted owner Shad Khan's famous mustache on their bag.
I talked to one fan who planned on taking his bag with him for the Jags next road game.
The most common word heard in Everbank Field yesterday? Bridgewater. Even the worst cans didn't scream for Tebow--they wouldn't wish this kind of nightmare on him.
@thellamajockey I'm assuming he will play the entire 3rd unless there is a drive he can seal the game with, at which point the coaches will point in the woefully underqualified and horrible backup QB who will lose the game with an instant strip sack fumble TD. Oh wait, you meant the Broncos coaches.
He will probably play until the beginning of the 4th quarter unless the Jags miraculously keep it closer than 20.
@thellamajockey You think he'll play in the 3rd quarter?
@jimfix yep, you're right, it was 9-7, 12-4, 11-5. I kept re-writing 2 of those sentences and for some reason I kept putting down the # of playoff berths as the # of seasons above .500. I'm not a smart person =)
@DougEngland We'll find out when his stint with the Broncos gets him another shot at HC.
@coltsauth_todd Two things...
1. How in the world did the marketing genius behind the Publix effort not even once consider the negative risk with printing Jags propaganda on a *paper bag*. Maybe they've never seen any NFL Films before?
2. Jaguars "Touchdown Club" had me confused for a minute, until I realized it was for fans... and not the players.
@Music Man They should have helpfully printed "Go Jags" upside down on the bags, with dotted lines where the eye holes should go.