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Historically Awful

Oct 01, 2013 -- 11:24am

By: Will Brown

I watch NFL games with my computer open.

The humor that is tweeted during Jags games is too much for me not to watch along with Maurice Jones-Drew running into a wall of defenders. Twitter reveals just how much of a shipwreck fans believe the team has been through four games.

No matter how much Gus Bradley tries to remain optimistic, and those who cover the team seek silver linings, the franchise has lost each of its games by an average of three touchdowns. During Sunday’s 37-3 humbling to Indianapolis, my attention wavered between the television, Twitter and websites that put the dreck that was on display into historical context.

Being snarky behind a keyboard is cowardly, hilarious and easy. But the fact is the Jaguars are historically bad. Most of the team is playing hard, but that doesn’t guarantee victories.

“I’m not going to sit here and lose faith in what we’re doing when I see the guys out there working their butt off, just like I am,” Bradley said Sunday. “We’re all out here working our butts off during the week, studying film and being professionals. So, no, it’s going to affect my ability to play another game.”

Keeping my computer open also allows me to research numbers that emphasize just how awful this team has been in September.

And here is one more statistic that has just as much to do with Sunday’s opponent as the clearly overmatched Jaguars. In the 21 games Andrew Luck has started for the Indianapolis, the franchise never scored more than 35 points.

Sunday evening Al Jazeera America’s TechKnow program had a segment about Jaguars disappearing in the Amazon. It was estimated there are 15,000 of these majestic species remaining in the wild.  Jaguars are majestic and graceful animals who stealthily stalk prey. It may be too much to ask for football’s Jaguars to show the spirit of nature’s predators when they take the field, but if they could get me to shut my computer to watch them lose I’ll be satisfied.

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