The question is usually the same: “What’s going on over there with the Jags?” they ask. I laugh because, other than a new owner, a new president, a new head coach, 16 new assistant coaches, a new corporate structure, a new weight room, a new locker room and a whole new attitude, it’s still the same ol’ team.
Change is good when change is needed. Not many Jaguars fans would argue with that statement.
Entering my 25th NFL season, I’ve never been more excited about an upcoming season. I have a Super Bowl ring from my 6 seasons with the New York Giants so I know what it feels like to be on a World Championship team.
I’ve competed as a triathlete and duathlete in two world championship events. Meanwhile, I’ve occupied the basement on last place teams at every level of athletics from Little League baseball to the NFL.
With that being said, I can tell you there’s something special going on at One EverBank Field Drive. ESPN isn’t making much noise about it nor are the “talking heads” of the sports world. That’s a good thing when it comes to playing football.
This city deserves a winning team. EverBank Field is 1 of 14 stadiums that could be considered a downtown NFL venue. A successful Downtown Jacksonville team can be a huge shot in the arm for the local economy. I’m no economist but the math is simple when you look at the many ways a full stadium of happy fans can put money back into local business.
I find the most impressive change within the Jaguars’ organization is the focus on doing thing right for the right reason. From the coaches teaching the players the new system to the Fan Experience Department maximizing the fun factor for the fans at the games to the Public Relations staff keeping the Downtown Jacksonville community in touch with the daily changes associated with the Jags, every employee associated with the team knows how important it is to have a successful season in 2012.
I’m proud to be a member of the Jaguars and I love the changes I see taking place every day at this end of Bay Street.
When we look at the AFC South standings later this fall, I know I won’t be alone in thinking: “Change certainly is a good thing!”