The Jacksonville Jaguars should be the subject of HBO’s Hard Knocks
Jaguar’s owner Shahid Khan has a lot on his plate. Besides trying to build his team state-of-the-art facilities and dealing with outside issues related to other businesses, he’s also got a lot of internal strife going on within his club.
These are the sort of issues that would make for great TV.
There are a lot of invisible resentments and agendas that are often responsible for why pro sports teams fail. The Jags could be trying to work through some of those right now.
Their new head coach Mike Mularkey is telling anybody that will listen that QB Blaine Gabbert is his hands-down starter.
It doesn’t matter that Gabbert could not connect with the speed of the NFL game and that former Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne has only be deterred by injuries. What matters is that Gabbert looks good in the cafeteria.
“Blaine’s our starting quarterback. I’m a big body-language reader, and on the practice field, the cafeteria, in meetings, he has a confidence about him. We feel good about him.”
According to SI.com’s Don Banks we could really be “I’ as newcomer/fomer Dolphin Chad Henne definitely has a lot of love in that building.
There is a contingent that has their collective feet kicked up waiting for Gabbert to fall so that Henne can takeover by “late August.”
Let’s toss out who “should” be that guy out of the window to look at the bigger issue. Every aspect of a team has to buy into who the “guy” is.
There can’t be whispers leaking out about dysfunctional feelings and a resistance to get behind the same field general.
What could happen is that if Mularkey digs in his heels over this, he could find himself at odds with members of the front office before the season even starts.
That’s a problem that becomes more and more passive aggressive by the minute.
It certainly won’t do Gabbert any favors as he at times looked emotionally unable to takeover an NFL team last season.
Moving away from all of that, the resident star of that show, Maurice Jones-Drew is skipping OTAs unless he gets a new deal.
Mularkey seemed resigned to whatever fate will deal him in that situation.
“It’s all voluntary. I wish he was here. He knows we wish he was here,” said Mularkey. “I let little things I had no control over suck the energy out of me [in Buffalo]. I’m not going to let that happen this time around.”
Oof. A new owner has to deal with a new coach who doesn’t want to play the new quarterback who would hand the ball off to their star who wants a new contract. Don’t forget there is a prized new rookie wide out in Justin Blackmon that gets to witness it all.
There are a lot of teams that have eliminated themselves from the televised bubble of HBO’s Hard Knocks. The producers of the show allegedly have the Jags on their list. They really need to consider heading to North Florida to get this stuff on tape.