Monday Morning Moaner: Colts at Jaguars


That's the Average First Round Draft Position for the Jacksonville Jaguars between 2003 and 2012, including trades.


That's the number of top-10 draft picks the Jaguars have had in that same time period.

Since 2003, the Jaguars have drafted 7th, 9th, 21st, 28th, 17th, 8th, 8th, 10th, 10th, 5th. Here is the list of Future Hall of Famers selected with those picks: QB Byron Leftwich (out of the NFL), WR Reggie Williams (out of the NFL), QB/WR/TE Matt Jones (out of the NFL), TE Mercedes Lewis (still with the Jaguars), S Reggie Nelson (with the Bengals now), DE Derrick Harvey (out of the NFL), LT Eugene Monroe (still with Jags, in last year of rookie contract, no reported extension talks, yet), DT Tyson Alualu (still with the Jaguars), QB Blaine Gabbert (still receiving a paycheck from the Jaguars), and WR Justin Blackmon (still with Jaguars, missed first four games of 2013 due to suspension).


That's the Jaguars record from 2003 to 2012. The Jaguars have finished with a record above .500 only three times in that time span.


The number of times the Jaguars have made the playoffs since 2003.

34th out of 34, 46th out of 47, 38th out of 38

These are Blaine Gabbert's rankings in QBR, DVOA, and PFF's Signature Stats in 2011.

31st out of 36, 34th out of 39, 27th out of 38

These are Blaine Gabbert's rankings in QBR, DVOA and PFF's Signature Stats in 2012


This is the Jaguars point differential in 2013. That's right, folks, the Jaguars have lost by an average of 24.5ppg. The worst point differential in NFL history came in 1976 when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a -287 point differential over 14 games. That was good for an average loss of 20.5ppg. The Jaguars are, through 4 weeks, 4ppg worse than the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


The number of wins for this year's Jaguars. Number of fans left in the seats at the end of Sunday's game. Number of NFL quarterbacks on their roster. The number of games they'll play at home in Jacksonville in 2017. The numerical representation of the hope this franchise has.

The Indianapolis Colts beat the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday to move to 3-1 on the season. To many, the story is how good the Colts looked during the domination. To me, the story is how historically bad this Jaguars team is.

Let's start on offense, where, after Sunday's performance (205 yards on 54 plays, 3.8ypp) the 2013 Jaguars have gained 896 yards on 252 plays, for 3.56ypp. The 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, widely regarded as one of, if not the worst team in NFL history, gained 3.5ypp en route to their 0-14 record. But who cares about yards-per-play? I'm told the key to winning in the NFL is scoring points! The record for fewest points scored in an NFL season (in a 16-game schedule) belongs to the 1992 Seattle Seahawks, who scored 140pts (8.75ppg). The 2013 Jacksonville Jaguars have scored 31 points in 4 games (7.75pts).  If the Jags continue on this pace, they'll score 124 points this season.

The Jaguars have a legitimate shot at setting new "records" in both of those categories. One other stat to keep an eye on: sacks. Jaguars QBs have been sacked 18 times in 4 games, putting them on pace to be sacked 72 times this year. The record for sacks allowed in a season belongs to the 1986 Eagles who surrendered 104 sacks. While that seems like a huge difference, consider this: the Eagles gave up 6.5 sacks/game. The Jaguars have surrendered 4.5 sacks/game. With games against the Broncos, Texans (x2), Colts (who sacked Gabbert 4 times today), 49ers, and Browns, it's easy to imagine that number jumping up considerably as the season rolls on.

The good news for the Jaguars? The turnover record, which belongs to the 1978 49ers (63 turnovers in 16 games (3.94TO/g) is safe! The Jaguars have 8 turnovers in 4 games, putting them on pace for 32 turnovers this season. That's bad, but not historically bad. So they've got that going for them.

On the other side of the ball, the Jaguars defense isn't nearly as bad as the offense (the defense ranks in the lower third in advanced and conventional stats) but it is in danger of setting the bad kind of record. The NFL record for points surrendered in a season is 533, set by YOUR Baltimore Colts in 1981. That total is good for 33.3ppg. The Jaguars, through 4 games, have surrendered 129pts, good (or bad) for 32.3ppg. With Denver coming up later in October, that number is only going to climb. Here's the tricky part: the Jaguars aren't even the worst ppg in the league!  The 0-4 Giants have surrendered a mind-blowing 36.5ppg. But they have the "benefit" of having already played Denver, so there's a chance they'll bring that average down.

In danger of setting the records for both fewest points scored and most points allowed? After having 7-top 10 picks from 2004-2012? And the #2 pick earlier THIS year? Unable to fill a stadium despite dishing out free booze to ticket buyers? Building swimming pools in EverBank Stadium? The Jaguars aren't historically bad. They're historically embarrassing.

Maybe they'll get it right in the 2014 draft, when they'll undoubtedly have another top-2 pick. Maybe they'll find a good way to use their gobs of cap space (something in the neighborhood of $25million). Maybe the Duval Fire Department will show up and put the dumpster fire out.

Yea, and maybe Jason Babin will go an entire game without lining up offside.