And now, we arrive at the point in this season at which blame is the topic of the day.
Maurice Jones-Drew made his point, and while it came with the expected smile that made it no less pointed.
Considering the circumstances, rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert handled himself well Sunday. He showed some poise a lot of the time. He didn’t appear overwhelmed.
How long that wait will be is the question – really, the only question that matters tonight, and the only question likely to matter for a while around the Jaguars. Not if Blaine Gabbert will be the starting quarterback, of course, but when.
From one perspective, this was a perfect start. Looking from a defensive lens, that’s how Paul Posluszny saw the Jaguars’ 16-14, grind-it-out-then-get-out victory over the Tennessee Titans in a sun-cooked, flag-draped 2011 regular-season opener at EverBank Field Sunday.
Let’s start with the big picture.
As preseason debuts go, this one was about what could be expected.
NFL fans are not hearing much about football these days. Instead, they are hearing about litigation, mediation, the lockout, the Norris-LaGuardia Act, injunctions, appeals, and stays.
Check out the calendar. It's April 11 – already? – and that means the NFL Draft and all of the accompanying frenzy, over-analysis and long, long drawn-out coverage is a mere 17 days away.
This past Wednesday the issues between the NFL owners and the players’ union began in a Minnesota courtroom while the fans of the great game of football have to sit back and wonder, “what does all this mean for us this season?”
This wasn't exactly the ideal start.
Since a lot of us are just meeting, or at the least getting reacquainted, we'll start with a quick introduction. I'm John Oehser, new jaguars.com Senior Writer.
This is goodbye and thank you.
In keeping with the “Best of Vic” theme, here are some comments on some of my favorite Jaguars.
In keeping with the “10 things” theme in this “Best of Vic” celebration, here are what I consider to be the 10-most memorable plays in Jaguars history.
OK, it’s time to fit the senior editor for his backless suit. Let’s make it a two-week wake, huh? No crying, please.
HOUSTON—It was in his season-ending remarks a year ago that Jack Del Rio boldly announced his expectation for the 2010 season. It was to qualify for the postseason, and a few months later he upgraded that remark to include an AFC South title.
You remember them all, but some are special. This season has been one of those special ones and I’m not ready to quit on it just yet.
The coldest home game in Jaguars history wasn’t nearly as chilling as the final moments of the Jaguars’ 20-17 loss to the Washington Redskins...
If I could’ve given the Jaguars their Christmas presents back in September, before the season began, they wouldn’t have been much different than the gifts they’ve been receiving all season long
A bulky coach-to-quarterback communicator may have cost the Jaguars the AFC South title. If it didn’t, then surely a failure to block and tackle did.
There are those moments in great teams’ and great franchises’ histories that the tide turned and a run of good fortune began. Will Sunday’s game in Indianapolis be one of those moments for the Jaguars?
He said it. The media was sitting right there when Jack Del Rio called out his special teams on Wednesday of last week.
(April 29)—This draft will forever be remembered by Jaguars fans for the team’s decision to twice pass on Brady Quinn. What if Quinn becomes a star quarterback? Here’s a better one: What if Quinn turns out to be a bust?
_jaguars.com Senior Editor Vic Ketchman kept fans updated through day one of the 2007 NFL Draft. Here's what he wrote._
(Jan. 10)—I have a blue briefcase that bears the name “Baltimore Colts” in white letters along the outside. It was given to me in the press box of old Memorial Stadium back in 1983, the Colts’ last season in Baltimore.
(Jan. 3)—The Jaguars are going to spend much of the offseason evaluating the quarterback crop; their quarterbacks, other teams’ quarterbacks and quarterbacks who might be available in the draft.
(Dec. 31) -- jaguars.com Senior Editor Vic Ketchman kept fans updated as the Jaguars took on the Chiefs at Arrowhead. Here's what he had to say.
(Dec. 31) KANSAS CITY—The what-ifs may now begin, and the sooner we start, the sooner we can finish our laments and put this terribly frustrating season to rest. The Jaguars are not going to the playoffs. Yes, it’s a major disappointment.
(Dec. 29)—My radio buddy Jeff Lageman is holding out hope the Jags might get the help they need this Sunday and make it into the playoffs. Lageman actually thinks it could happen. I don’t.