This happens every year.
There is always at least one team so horrendous, so hard to watch, that remains winless through a large portion of the season. In 2013, the annual will-they-win-a-game question falls on the Jacksonville Jaguars, a team so painful and maligned that in perhaps some fit of brief insanity, it was decided that the players would wear a uniform that best reflects their on-field performance.
The Jaguars have the magic elixir for a horrendous season: a middling defense (22nd overall) to go along with the worst offense in the NFL, averaging only 270.2 yards per game and 11.7 points.
Clearly, the biggest problem is the quarterback position, where Blaine Gabbert has been a colossal bust and the Jaguars are now living in a world where Chad Henne is their starter.
That being said, the Jaguars have offensive weapons that would give them a solid offense under the guidance of a better quarterback. With receivers like Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts, complemented by the veteran running back Maurice Jones-Drew (though who knows if he’ll be around much longer), a more capable quarterback could turn the Jaguars into something far more competitive.
Good things are still potentially on the horizon for this season, though. Jacksonville has a five-game stretch starting November 17 against the Arizona Cardinals that includes games at Houston and Cleveland, then two more at home against the Texans and Buffalo Bills.
It’s quite possible for the Jaguars to win at least one of those games. None of those teams are particularly imposing and any of them could be primed for the dubious honor of being Jacksonville’s first victory.
Sweet relief for Jaguars fans (if there are any left) is that this tortuous season will bear the gift of the first overall pick in the 2014 draft. And being that this is a good quarterback class, the Jaguars picked a good season to be an unwatchable product.
So will the Jaguars actually win a game? Probably. For talking about this possibility every single season, only the 2008 Detroit Lions have gone winless, the first non-strike-shortened team (and the first-ever 16-game team) to do so since the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Jaguars even showed some fight in their 35-19 loss to the Denver Broncos, even if it was just to prove they could stand toe-to-toe with the league’s best team.
It doesn’t matter, though. The Jaguars have their sights set on the first overall pick, and one meaningless win won’t get in the way of that.