Tag:Wayne Weaver
Posted on: April 8, 2011 7:23 pm

Jaguars struggling with ticket sales again

Posted by Andy Benoit
W. Weaver (US Presswire)
A story that didn’t get enough attention last year was how the small market Jacksonville Jaguars sold out every home game in 2010. This just one year after the franchise saw seven of its eight home contests blacked out and was facing constant speculation about a forced relocation.

When the news is negative, the media tends to report it. (And the public tends to clamor for it.) Thus, here we are writing about how the 2011 Jags are facing similar problems as the ’09 Jags. Despite twice extending its season ticket renewal deadline, the club remains 12,000 season tickets short of the 40,000 mark it wants to reach before making single game tickets available.

To stoke sales, owner Wayne Weaver held a conference call with season ticket holders earlier this week.

"We've gotta almost repeat that Herculean effort that we had last year," Weaver said, according to the Florida Times Union. "... They'll be talking about us again in the press saying we're not a great NFL market. ... It will send the wrong message to the national media and the National Football League."

Maybe if he would have announced the end of the lockout, he might have gotten fans' attention.

The Jags had anticipated needing to only sell 8,000 tickets. The new deadline is April 29, which makes you wonder if there might not be a subtle motivation for the front office to make a big splash with its first-round draft selection on April 28.

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Posted on: April 5, 2011 3:21 pm
Edited on: April 5, 2011 7:36 pm

Offseason Checkup: Jacksonville Jaguars

Posted by Josh Katzowitz


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On Dec. 12, 2010, the Jaguars were 8-5, and they were just beginning the week of practices that led to a showdown with the Colts that basically was for the AFC South title, a crown Jacksonville never has won. Indianapolis showed up that night and won by 10 points, and the Jaguars never recovered, losing their final three games and missing the playoffs for the third-straight season.

It was a huge disappointment, and you have to wonder about the future of this organization with this coaching staff in place. That is the No. 1 question facing this franchise heading into next year.

1. Avoid late-season slumps
Do you put this on Del Rio? Do you put this on Jacksonville being a bad cold-weather team? Do you put this on late-season injuries to Garrard and Jones-Drew in 2010? It’s hard to know. But after starting 7-5 in 2009 and 8-5 in 2010, the team went on to lose four games and three games, respectively, to end those years on the sourest of notes. We don’t know the answers to the above questions, but somebody might want to figure it out.

2. Defensive everywhere but DT
Though their 2010 first-round pick of DT Tyson Alualu was deemed a little bizarre at the time, the rookie from California had a pretty good year. He should continue to be an anchor in the middle of the defensive line. Now, just about every other position in Jacksonville’s defense needs to be upgraded. Perhaps most important are the defensive ends, who can help lessen the time the Jaguars unremarkable secondary must cover opposing WRs. Former first round pick Derrick Harvey has been a disaster, Jeremy Mincey is barely passable as a starter and Aaron Kampman has had a couple major knee injuries.

3.Quality Wide Recievers
Is Mike Thomas truly a No. 1 guy? He had a nice season last year (66 catches, 820 yards, four TDs) as a second-year player, but how will he fare without Mike Sims-Walker – who simply wasn’t the consistent playmaker the Jaguars needed? That’s a major question for Thomas and WR Jason Hill. If they can’t produce, Jacksonville still has young receivers in Tiquan Underwood and Jarrett Dillard. Jacksonville could feel the need to upgrade this position before next year, but if not, it’s still a talented, albeit mostly unproven, corps at this point.

It seems like nobody can really tell if QB David Garrard is worth keeping around, though he actually played pretty good football last season. Meanwhile, there’s no question Jacksonville will hang on tightly to RB Maurice Jones-Drew, who recorded 1,324 yards in 14 games last season and surpassed Tennessee’s Chris Johnson as the AFC South’s best back (his backup, Rashad Jennings, also is quality), and TE Marcedes Lewis proved himself a valuable commodity.

The offense most likely will continue to play conservatively – in part, because of the strength of Jones-Drew and to mask some of Garrard’s inadequacies – but the real test will be the defense. For Jacksonville, it’s the playoffs or bust, and most likely, we won’t know how good this team – or how safe Del Rio – really is until Week 13-17.

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Posted on: January 3, 2011 5:44 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2011 7:24 pm

Del Rio retained by Jags sans defensive playcalls

Posted by Will Brinson

As reported earlier by CBSSports.com, the Jacksonville Jaguars are retaining Jack Del Rio as their head coach, but there's a couple caveats. First, he's not calling the defensive plays anymore and if he misses the playoffs again, he's gone.

Owner Wayne Weaver addressed the media on Monday and opened up his comments by discussing the bad front office work early in the draft before Gene Smith took over in 2009 and how he'd spent the day talking with players about a possible change in the coachig staff.

"I had to reflect and say am I better off to blow this thing up and start over again with the coaching staff?" Weaver said, per Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union. "If we're not in the playoffs, it's pretty apparent we'll have a different coach."

Weaver also said that one player who he respects told him that "starting over would set this team back."

However, Weaver did say Del Rio will no longer handle the defensive playcalling for the Jaguars and Mel Tucker will take over that role.

Weaver believes the Jags have the nucleus for a strong defensive team and that the fans "will have to trust him."

"I’ve made bad decisions in my life but I wouldn’t be sitting here if I didn’t make a lot more good ones than bad ones," Weaver said.

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Posted on: December 16, 2010 2:30 pm
Edited on: December 17, 2010 2:05 am

Wayne Weaver: Fans have been 'great 12th man'

Posted by Will Brinson

FORT WORTH, TEXAS -- You could forgive Wayne Weaver for having more on his mind than labor negotiations these days. After all, the Jacksonville Jaguars are on the verge of a historical moment, having a shot to win the AFC South for the first time (though they do own two AFC Central titles) in Indianapolis this weekend.

That's not to say Weaver isn't concerned about the labor issue. Obviously, he is. But his eyes lit up when asked about how the Jaguars -- and their fans -- have responded to the challenges they've faced in 2010.

"This group of men are one of the best groups we've had in my 17 years of ownership of the team," Weaver told CBSSports.com following the owners' meetings. "They're working hard and playing together as a team. They're focused, they've got great leadership with guys like Maurice Jones-Drew, Marcedes Lewis, Daryl Smith -- I could go on and on and on listing them.

"We're coming together as a team at the right time and we know we have to take one game at a time to use the old cliche and this game coming up is really important. We know we have to go and win."

Of course, the players aren't the only ones who have responded in a big way throughout 2010 -- the city of Jacksonville and the fans have done an absolutely outstanding job of supporting a team that, at one point, appeared dead in the water. (That point was the Monday night loss to Tennessee for those wondering.)

Instead of giving up on what might have been a lost season, they rallied and made sure to remind the NFL-watching world that Jacksonville, despite the complaints of some, is an NFL city thru-and-thru, by selling out every single home game in 2010.

"Well, think about this -- we blacked out seven of our eight games last year and we haven't blacked out a game and we've already sold out our Washington game," Weaver told CBSSports.com. "So we're not going to black out any of our home games this year.

"The community has really stepped up. They've been great 12th man fans and I couldn't be more proud of the way the city, our mayor, our city leadership have stepped up, because it couldn't have happened without all of that coming together."

The fans won't have a chance to fill up the stadium Sunday, but the Washington game, if the Jaguars play the Colts as close or closer than they always do, could be a pretty nice little reason for Weaver, the fans and the city to celebrate an already fantastic season.

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