Joe Schobert wants to turn Jaguars into a “winning franchise”

Getty Images

The Jaguars have an all-time record of 176-224 (.440). They’ve had one winning season in the last 12 years, and lost double-digit games in nine of those 12.

So, I guess if you were an optimist, you’d see the potential for growth. Or else you were in a really weird place before.

The Jaguars signed former Browns linebacker Joe Schobert to a five-year, $53.75 million deal in free agency, turning him into a rich man and a true believer at the same time.

“I want to prove I can be part of winning franchise,” Schobert said, via John Oehser of the team’s official website. “I want to be able to change the culture into a traditional winning culture, to be able to be a team that can go to the playoffs year after year and be one of the more successful teams in the AFC and competing for titles every year.”

Roll that around in your head for a second. A man came to Jacksonville for the chance to win.

Granted, times have been hard in Cleveland lately, with no winning seasons in the last 12, and double-digit losses in 10 of those seasons, and an 0-16 and a 1-15 thrown in for good measure. Schobert arrived just in time for those two, though the 2016 fourth-rounder has proven himself on an individual level.

Perhaps escaping institutional losing made anything look good, but the money certainly didn’t hurt.

Schobert’s being counted on to help turn things around, after a team that went to the AFC Championship Game three years ago collapsed under its own weight, with star players eager to escape.

Adding Schobert allows them to move Myles Jack to outside linebacker, and gives them a good set of linebackers to build around.

It’s something. And if you squint hard enough, it might look like hope. Or at least not Cleveland.

11 responses to “Joe Schobert wants to turn Jaguars into a “winning franchise”

  1. First step….Tank for Trevor
    Second step…Get many O-Lineman to protect him

  2. One person doesn’t change a franchise unless the team is one player away from going to the super bowl. I apologize, but Jacksonville is not that team. Adding Schobert definately strengthens the line backers and the guy is going to have 150 tackles, but h is weakness is missing tackles and pass protection. Stay healthy and God bless

  3. Joe is a good guy and a solid player. He also got a good contract that he earned through strong play, humility, and stability on an otherwise unstable team. The reason Cleveland didn’t keep him is that they have players at more critical positions to pay but his influence will be missed.

    Can’t blame Joe for saying that he wants to win while making good money.

  4. ajandrew2020 says:
    May 6, 2020 at 8:21 am
    One person doesn’t change a franchise unless the team is one player away from going to the super bowl. I apologize, but Jacksonville is not that team. Adding Schobert definately strengthens the line backers and the guy is going to have 150 tackles, but h is weakness is missing tackles and pass protection. Stay healthy and God bless

    Mahomes took a Very Good Team and Made them a Championship Team.

  5. I know you wrote “a man came to Jacksonville for the chance to win” but I still read it as “a man left Cleveland to win”.

  6. I didn’t know he was a stand-up comedian. Jags and winning franchise in the same sentence? Now that’s funny.

    Their overall record is 176-224…that’s 48 games below .500. They have had double-digit losses eight of the last nine years. Does that sound like a winning franchise?

  7. Man Schobert is a good player but that is an awful lot of money for a middle linebacker. He is a tackling machine but at money like that you need impact plays like sacks and forced fumbles. If he can bring a leadership and a new, professional attitude to the Defense maybe it will be worth it.

  8. Isn’t that the SAME goal all the other 31 franchises have?

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.