You Don't Know, Jack
by Keith Weiland
don't know, Jack, but division games are always important. If you
did know it, maybe your team wouldn't be 2-4 against the Texans,
Titans, and Colts.
seems you and your team didn’t take too kindly to being associated
with the lowly Texans as your rivals before Sunday’s game.
Your team was the up-and-comer in the division with an 8-6 record,
not the 6-8 Texans, struggling to earn respect around the league.
Your team was the media darling with the playoffs to worry about,
not some pissant expansion team, a mere speed bump on your journey
Okay, Jack, maybe not. Maybe the Texans are just some "division
opponent," as you suggest. But when the Texans beat the Jaguars
four times out of six in their brief three-year existence, it has
no business being your rival.
you don't know, Jack, but three of those past four Jaguar losses
suffered to the Texans came on your watch, to a team that should
be far less talented than yours. And you should be careful to hang
your smug face on that lonely little win. It came when the Jaguars
needed to defeat a Texans team fielding a rookie third stinger under
center and a rookie tailback behind him.
maybe you do know, Jack, that "rival" isn’t the
right word. How about "bully"? It sure seems like a more
appropriate term than rival.
you don’t choose your bullies, Jack. They have a way choosing
a rival outscore you 41-6 and sweep the season series? Does a rival
go into your own stadium with nothing but pride and hold you under
water for just 126 yards of air?
those are the telltale signs of bully. Where's your lunch money,
and you don't know, Jack, but you've done a marvelous job in your
campaign to "Take Back Our House." To build on a famous
comment a couple years ago from Jeff Fisher, the coach of another
rival, about playing in your team's city, I think it’s safe
to start saying that the Texans have nine regular season home games
on their schedule.
don't know, Jack, but your Jacksonville team has that oily sheen
to it that reminds me of the Cowboys team you played for a decade
ago. Can't put my finger on it, but it's just something slimy about
the way you've run your roster since becoming the Jaguars head coach.
it’s the NFL Network cameras that followed you and your team
around before the season, a la the second season of “Hard
Knocks” on HBO that drooled over such Cowboy luminairies as
a singing Chad Hutchinson and cheerleader coach calling everyone
fat. Hard knocks for you on Sunday, indeed. Just
your smug, axe-pushing face on screen is enough to repulse, but
you’ve also fostered a repellent environment of thuggery on
a certain style I believe in, and this team is embracing that,”
you were quoted as saying on your team's official website.
your team is certainly embracing it like a pair of hands on an axe
handle, right, Jack? The most recent example came a week ago when
your safety, Donovin Darius, used a clothesline tackle to send a
Packers wide receiver to the hospital for the holidays.
don't know, Jack, but the blade cuts both ways. We don’t place
all the blame on Darius though. As Darius later said, he was just
“doin’ my job”, one you encourage so your team
can come off as being a "tough, physical football team."
didn't know it at the time, Jack, but cameras caught you yukking
it up on the sideline moments after the hit. The blade cuts both
ways. You later defended your player, like any coach should, but
the league still levied a $75,000 fine, a hefty one to be sure.
course, Darius' hit was not the first questionable play by your
Jaguars defense. Heck, it wasn’t even their first clothesline.
Your defensive lineman, Marcus Stroud, also furnished a clothesline
to take care of David Carr a few games back.
all know Stroud, right? Perhaps he is better remembered as the one
lying on his back, watching Carr fly overhead for a game-winning
touchdown last year. Or more recently, maybe he is better remembered
as being the one lying on his back watching Carr fly overhead on
a fourth down conversion in this season’s first meeting in
Houston. Yeah, that’s Stroud, doin' his best work on his back.
don't know, Jack, but maybe worse than your encouraged thuggery
is how the your defense curls into a ball to suck its thumb when
it faces a little adversity. John Henderson, Stroud's partner on
the line, is left to just whine about an alleged cheap play by the
Texans long snapper Bryan Pittman, after getting a flagged for a
personal foul. Pittman, by the way, gives up about fifty pounds
don't know, Jack, since you weren’t in Jacksonville in 1995,
the Jaguars expansion season, so maybe you shouldn't be expected
to remember what it’s like to be an expansion team fighting
for respect in the NFL. Same goes for most of your Jaguar players
I suppose. But 1995 was just a short ten years ago, and maybe the
Jags fans can at least remember, as thousands of empty seats at
your stadium can certainly attest.
don't know , Jack, but maybe your style of football is why your
fans stay away from your team in droves on Sundays. No one likes
to be bullied. I have a hard time blaming them for being embarrassed.
Bring on the seat covers!
don't know jack, but Keith Weiland does.
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