Since Khan’s first season as proprietor in 2012, no staff has a worse document than the Jaguars (39-105), who till final yr’s 1-15 debacle one way or the other by no means managed to be fairly putrid sufficient to earn the No. 1 draft decide. They’ve outspent each different staff in free company over that interval, however recorded just one successful season, in 2017, throughout which they misplaced the A.F.C. title recreation at New England. Since that apex, Jacksonville is 12-36.
John Caputo, the president of Daring Metropolis Brigade, a Jaguars supporters membership with chapters across the nation and abroad, likes to say that fair-weather Jacksonville followers can not exist. For years, they’ve endured taunts about their staff, their metropolis, their very own perceived apathy, and nonetheless they fork over discretionary revenue to observe unhealthy soccer in particular person.
The darkness lifted in December when the worst season in franchise historical past yielded its most promising second: The winless Jets beat the Los Angeles Rams in Week 15, vaulting one-win Jacksonville forward on tiebreakers for the appropriate to draft Lawrence. “The final month of the season was essentially the most enjoyable we’ve had since 2017 although we had been setting a franchise document for being horrible,” Caputo mentioned. “Due to the Trevor watch.”
Because the Jets edged Los Angeles, Caputo sat, riveted, at a bar close to his dwelling in Jacksonville Seaside. Patrons chanted, “J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets!” Afraid the Jets would lose if he left, Caputo stayed till the tip.
“For the final 10 years all we would like is for the Jaguars to win, however they lose,” Caputo mentioned in a video name. “And so now we’re truly cheering for them to lose, which was type of liberating.”
His good friend Pat Donnell, the Brigade’s vp, chimed in: “They usually didn’t allow us to down.”
In gentle of the staff’s rebuilding fortune, followers are rallying to newfound ambitions. Since Meyer arrived, deposits for season tickets have poured in so quick — and from so many new prospects — that the Jaguars employed 20 new gross sales representatives. Visitors on the staff’s web site and social media accounts has soared, with a lot of it coming from places outdoors Florida, together with the Midwest, the place Meyer final coached.