Nobody Cares About Luck In Jags Locker Room
Andrew Luck

Posted Dec 29, 2011


The Jaguars organization may benefit in the long term if the Colts are not able to acquire Andrew Luck in the draft, but that doesn't matter to the players playing Sunday. Jacksonville will be playing to win.

The Jaguars finally end their nightmarish season on New Year's Day against the Indianapolis Colts.

The Jaguars go into the game with a 4-11 record in a season in which their coach, Jack Del Rio, was fired and Wayne Weaver, the team's founding owner, sold the team to Shad Khan.

And their fans have tuned them out. Their TV rating for the game last Saturday against Tennessee was just 10.4, which means only 10 percent of all the TV sets in Jacksonville were tuned to the game. Granted, it was a Saturday and Christmas Eve but most of their games get a TV rating in the 20s although they been in the 17 range twice.

They also figure to have thousands of empty seats although the game won't be blacked out because Weaver will send a check to the league for 34 percent of the value of the unsold non-premium tickets.

On top of all that, many Jaguars fans think it would be a good idea to lose the game to get a better draft spot. And a loss would likely cost the Colts the No. 1 pick and the chance to take Andrew Luck, a player they would have to play against for at least the next 10 years.

The Jaguars, though, scoff at the idea of being happy with a loss.

"The benefits of not winning. I didn't know people were talking about not winning the game," said guard Uche Nwaneri. "Why wouldn't you want to win the game? Who cares about that (draft order)? We're trying to win a game. What would you say about yourself as a competitor if you go out there trying to lose a game?"

Said defensive end Jeremy Mincey, "That sounds stupid. That sounds dumb. That completely goes against what we do this for. You never play to lose. That's like asking ask some of them you go to work to get fired. Exactly. It's the same thing. I'm not going to work to get fired. I'm going to work to keep my job. I'm going to play to get a pick. Nobody plays like that. We play to win. Regardless of the record, we play to win. We play hard. As long as you can say you gave your all, you can look yourself in the mirror and go to sleep. I'm sure a lot of us can do that."

The Jaguars, though, are capable of losing even when they are trying. They rank 32nd in the league in yardage, 29th in points and their rookie quarterback, Blaine Gabbert, ranks 34th in the league with a 64.3 passer rating.

The Jaguars did beat the Colts in the first game, 17-3, but Dan Orlovsky has led the Colts to consecutive victories over the Titans and Texans. He has an 84.8 passer rating, which would rank him 15th in the league if he had enough attempts to quality.

And the Jaguars have a secondary riddled with injuries.

Win or lose, the good thing about this game is that it is the last one of the year.

They are looking to a fresh start next year.


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