But there's no debate just how significant a win versus the Jets would be for a Jacksonville team that is still trying to forge its identity, both in its own locker room and on the national scene.
The New York Jets are everything the Jaguars want to be: an extremely physical team on both the sides of the ball that will continue to get better as its franchise quarterback (Mark Sanchez for the Jets, Blaine Gabbert for the Jaguars) continues to progress.
It's a blueprint for success. The Jets have made it to the AFC Championship Game the past two seasons and have become media darlings in the process because of regular sound bites produced by outrageously hilarious coach Rex Ryan and his players.
Now, the Jaguars will never be as hyped as the Jets because they aren't in New York (isn't that right, Jason Hill?) but beating New York this weekend would be a tremendous step for the franchise.
Halfway through a rebuilding process, the Jaguars could expedite that process by overpowering the Jets. Jacksonville has made a commitment to improving in the trenches by drafting offensive linemen early the past few years (Eugene Monroe, Eben Britton and Will Rackley were selected in rounds 1,2,3, respectively) as well as the defensive line, with Terrance Knighton and Tyson Alualu looking like building blocks up front for the next decade. New York started turning things around in 2006 when they selected Pro Bowler offensive linemen D'Brickashaw Ferguson Nick Mangold.
Beating a team that is currently where the Jaguars want to be would be a huge confidence boost for a young team that could use signature wins to show that they're on the right path.
It would also open up the eyes of the talking heads. Now the guys on ESPN would likely look at a Jets loss as something New York did wrong and not what the Jaguars did right, but it would get people talking about the Jaguars. That would be a step in the right direction for a franchise that has been more or less irrelevant from a national perspective the past few years.Tags: Blaine Gabbert, Eugene Monroe, Football, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jaguars, Mark Sanchez, New York Jets, NFL