One Havoc Filled Offseason Is Just What The Doctor Ordered

Tim HigginsCorrespondent IJanuary 29, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 13:  David Garrard #9 of the Jacksonville Jaguars sits on the ground after being sacked during the game against the Houston Texans at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on December 13, 2009 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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It started with a unsuspected playoff push.

It started with Florida Governor Charlie Crist proclaiming that he wanted Tebow on the Jaguars

It started with a crushing, four-game end of the season slide.

Now, only four weeks into the off-season for the Jacksonville Jaguars, the chaos continues. 

It starts with the coach. Jack Del Rio, reportedly safe before the four-game slide and thought to be a Coach of the Year candidate, is reported to have been on the hot seat with owner Wayne Weaver.  Shortly after, Jack does not appear and a Touchdown Jacksonville meeting stirs up more questions.

Shortly after, we are informed Jack will stay. However, shortly thereafter, the USC job appears.  Some speculate that Jack Del Rio will leave to take over the position of a USC job that he obviously had interest in.  Once again, the news anchors report of the possible departure of the team's head coach.

But no,  Jack stays.  But then Kennedy Pola, Mike Tice, and Ted Monachino all depart for different teams.  Many Jaguars insiders suspect that something was going amiss inside the Jaguars coaching staff, and Jack comes once again under fire. 

Then after Phillip Rivers, Peyton Manning, Joe Flacco, Carson Palmer, Ben Roethlisberger, and Tom Brady all pass on the Pro-Bowl, David Garrard accepts his first Pro-Bowl invitation which is laughed at by many fans around the league.  Joing MJD, a worthy candidate, the two enter into the Pro-Bowl with plenty to prove.

The very next day, we learn that the Jaguars are set to hire ex-Detroit Lions defensive line coach Joe Cullen, an ex-alcoholic who was seen driving naked through a drive-thru which cost him his job in Detroit. However, it is to note that Cullen's units in Detroit far outplayed their talent, producing 30 plus sacks a year and he was embellished by the league as being a changed man.

Then in a much less chaotic sign, MJD becomes a reporter along with Chad Johnson on NFL Network (if you haven't seen it, I highly suggest it).  He is now fully cemented as a charismatic leader, superstar and NFL Network regular.

And we have yet to hit free agency.  We have still yet to hear whether Reggie Nelson will return, or Clint Ingram, or if the Jaguars will pursue any big-name talent. The major off-season moves have yet to reach the ears and eyes of the NFL scavenger reporters. 

For most teams, this havoc would be considered not a great thing for the organization, but for Jacksonville it's just what the doctor ordered. 

Attention.  For once, all the havoc that is going on in Jacksonville has turned the medias attention to the little town struggling to sell-out stadiums.  Jack Del Rio's job along with all the other headliners continue to bring attention to the Jaguars and a new move seems to occur every day.

And the fans are buying it.  According to an article on, Vic Ketchmen states in a quote by Jaguars CFO Bill Prescot, the Jaguars have already sold 1,300 season tickets for next year. 

In comparison they had only sold 13 last January.  That's 100 times more fan support.  100 times.  Let that sink in.  One hundred times more fan support.  And the Jaguars expect 2,000 tickets sold by the end of the month (see for more information). 

So, let the Tebow talk rage on.  Let the coaching carousel continue to spin.  And let's get some talent in Jacksonville so that the Jaguars fans can be treated to some real Jaguar football.

For the little town of Jacksonville things are only looking up.