Finally! A Breath of Fresh Air
Friday, January 17th, 2002. 6:07 P.M.
Remember that moment in time if you are a Jaguar fan. It is the moment in Jag history where one era ended, and the future began. Appropriately enough, the announcement of the new head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jack Del Rio, was more of a pep rally than a press conference. With nearly 2000 fans looking on, the Jaguars introduced their new coach to the fans and media of Jacksonville, ending a search that spanned over two weeks.
With his wife at his side, Jack Del Rio accepted the warm reception of the fans, the accolades of his new boss, and the key to the city. All the while the fans here in Jacksonville could sense a change in the air. The new era had been launched, and Del Rio was quick to set the course.
The city of Jacksonville is a town that is passionate about football. Always known as a college football town, it has been slow to embrace the Jaguars with its entire being. Perhaps part of that was the fact that the region had been a stalwart supporter of the Gators, Seminoles, and Bulldogs for so long that they found it difficult to pull away. But the major issue that kept fans from completely warming up to the Jaguars was the stoic, and sometimes-abrasive nature of the former coach, Tom Coughlin.
The fans in Jacksonville have wanted to embrace this team. They wanted to adopt it as their own franchise, and finally break free from their college bonds. Within fifteen minutes of the official announcement that Del Rio would take the helm of the Jaguars, the fans were clear that this was a new era, and that a man was in place that would finally give them a person, and a philosophy that would bring passion back to the city and it's fans.
Passion is back for the Jaguar nation.
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