The Jaguars Only Hurt Themselves By Staging Their Biggest Comeback In Franchise History
Proving that not only does every dog have its day, but that the New York Football Giants are shitty, the Jaguars staged an epic comeback win yesterday, climbing back from 21-0 to win 25-24 on a last-minute field goal. It was a huge victory for Jacksonville, and probably the dumbest thing they could have done at this point.
Let's face it: Once you're out of the playoff picture in the NFL, there's no reason to try to win another game. Unlike in the NBA, where the prospect of 70+ losses is so unpalatable and horrifying (and where draft order isn't determined solely on record) that tanking is a hot-button topic, no one seems to care when bad football teams get worse over the course of the season. Injuries pile up, coaches get axed, and the impetus to go out there and win one for the gipper dissipates each week.
So although it was nice for a young Jaguars team to experience the joy of beating an opponent for just the second time this year, it was the wrong move from a long-term, rebuilding standpoint. By climbing to 2-10, the Jags ceded the inside track for the next pick in the 2015 draft to the Oakland Raiders, who wisely got stomped out by the Rams 52-0.
Here's the projected NFL draft order as of last week. All that remains to be seen is whether the Jets can pull out a loss against the Dolphins, like they should. If so, they'll fall into a tie with Jaguars, though the tiebreaker should go to Jacksonville due to strength of schedule.
To make matters worse, the Jaguars beat another shitty team in the Giants. It'd be one thing if they beat the Patriots and contributed to some late-season playoff-seeding chaos, but all they did was defeat a team that they will now be competing with for draft picks. While the Giants have the easier season-ending schedule, it's now possible for the Jaguars to finish with a better record than their Week 13 opponent, pushing them further down the 2015 draft board.
And yes: Having the highest possible pick matters in the NFL. The difference between the first and second pick can be the difference between Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf. Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. JaMarcus Russell and Calvin Johnson (wait, those two should be reversed... oh well). And even if the Jaguars are satisfied with their quarterback in Blake Bortles and aren't looking to grab Marcus Mariota, with the first pick they'd be in the driver's seat for receiving trade offers similar to the one the Rams got for RGIII.
Essentially, the Jaguars traded additional picks in upcoming drafts for one measly win against a team now on a seven-game losing streak. Was it worth it? Plus, they basically ensured that an old man will lose his job. The same old man that used to coach them! How you gonna do Tom Coughlin like that, Jacksonville?
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