For most teams, home field is an advantage.
The Jaguars are not most teams.
The Jags are an imperfect 0-3 at EverBank Field, and have been outscored by 75 points in those games, a ridiculous 95-20 margin.
According to Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union, that’s the worst home start in 10 years in the NFL, since the Bengals lost their first three games by a combined 80 points in 2002.
“Like I told our team, ‘We don’t play bad at home; we don’t finish very good at home,’” Jags coach Mike Mularkey said.
The Jags host the Lions tomorrow, having already dropped a 27-7 decision to the Texans, a 27-10 to the Bengals and a 41-3 howler to the Bears, which featured a 38-0 second half for the visitors.
“What they [the Bears] did against us, they did in 20 minutes,” Mularkey said. “I don’t want anybody to think that we come in here on the first play and lay an egg the entire game. That’s not the case.”
The Jaguars play a generally uninspiring brand of football. It’s solid, and playing clutch-and-grab isn’t the worst idea when you’re playing better teams (which they do most weeks). But they are not the kind of team to stir great emotion in the fanbase.
The Jags have tried to enhance the in-stadium experience, and make things uniquely Jacksonville.
Short of a Lynyrd Skynyrd-Tim Tebow doubleheader, however, the best thing they could do to draw a crowd is stop getting blown out.