The Jacksonville Jaguars haven’t exactly been on the NFL’s premier franchises in recent years.
In facts, the Jags have finished with a record over the .500 mark just twice since 2010, and only five times since the turn of the century.
But things appear to be looking up!
Second-year quarterback Trevor Lawrence took a big step forward under head coach Doug Pederson in 2022. Likewise, so did the Jags as an organization.
Jacksonville went 9-8 to win the lowly AFC South and knocked off the Los Angeles Charges in a crazy Wild Card game.
Jacksonville then fell at the hands of the eventual Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Round. But the season still proved to be a big step in the right direction.
Now, however, the Jags are facing another problem.
During their surprise run to the playoffs, the Jaguars built a pretty stingy fortree out of theiy home stadium, TIAA Field. Jacksonville went 6-4 at home, including the playoff win, and won five consecutive home games to close the season.
But now they may be out on the streets.
Owen Poindexter of Front Office Sports reports that the Jags may have to find a new home for the 2025 AND 2026 seasons.
“Jacksonville mayor Lenny Curry told local radio station 1010XL that in the ‘best-case scenario,’ the renovation would impact two football seasons, during which the ‘team will have to play somewhere else.’ The mayor’s proclamation cuts against initial plans for the renovations, which were to take place only during offseasons,” Poindexter wrote.
Though Curry, who appears to be on his way out following the completion of his term this year, may not be correct. Jags beat reporter John Shipley called Curry’s bluff.
to my understanding, very little of what Curry said was actually correct lmao https://t.co/Pq3JZFY03f
— John Shipley (@_John_Shipley) May 11, 2023
And Florida Times-Union writer Nate Monroe revealed that the Jaguars’ ownership was not happy about it.
Relatedly, it’s my understanding the jags are Not Happy. Not the first time this mayor may have spoken completely out of turn. https://t.co/NZnOsZkIai
— Nate Monroe (@NateMonroeTU) May 11, 2023
Fans didn’t exactly trust Curry either.
They should be rightly pissed. Little Lenny trying his best to stay relevant in the last days of his term. https://t.co/zToejy7pjN
— Pumpkin Escobar (@ThatGuyEdub) May 11, 2023
Whether it’s one year, two years or none, it still seems like Jacksonville has a problem on its hands.