JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — There’s no gentle way to put this: The Jacksonville Jaguars were somewhat of a laughingstock across the NFL over the previous five years.
They won just 17 games, gave away an annual home game to London, drew terrible ratings in the few times they were on national television, and had the coach they fired after a loss in Houston fly back to Jacksonville with the team.
Quarterback Blake Bortles bore the brunt of public scorn: He led the NFL in turnovers from 2014 to 2016 (63), threw an interception off a teammate’s foot while trying to throw the ball away and, until last Sunday, had thrown only five touchdown passes when the Jaguars were leading.
Oh yeah, he nearly lost his job during the preseason, too.
That’s partly why Bortles said the 2017 season is a chance for redemption for him and the team.
“It’s definitely a chance for myself personally and, obviously, this organization that has struggled over the past couple of years to rewrite the narrative and change the script on what our perception is in the league and the world as a football team,” Bortles said Wednesday on a conference call with Nashville media, ahead of a Week 2 game against the Tennessee Titans.
“It’s a great opportunity to do that.”
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