Blake Bortles Knew Exactly What The Fans Needed To Hear After A Disappointing Preseason Performance
“Well, we played pretty bad. I don’t think they a whole of things to stop us. We played bad at every position and usually that’s what happens when you play bad — you don’t score a lot of points.”
There it is, ladies and gentleman. The perfect answer to preseason failures. I know that sounds sarcastic, but I couldn't be more serious. These interviews are for the fans, and do you know what the fans want to hear after a first team offense struggles mightily in it's most telling dress rehearsal? Well, it's safe to say the answer to that question isn't "impending doom". They don't want to hear their starting quarterback talk about "hitting the playbook harder", or "developing chemistry", or "coming together as a team". All of those cliches reek of hopelessness with less than two weeks to go before the start of the season. How could Jaguars fans remain blindly optimistic if their leader was out there alluding to team-wide troubles? They don't need the truth. They just need a reassurance that their undoubtedly inflated expectations still have a chance to be met until the season starts and they have a real reason to go into panic mode.
Basically what I am saying is that collective crapiness seems much more fixable than shared confusion. Everyone can relate to occasionally sucking at something they are usually good at. Just so happens that every Jaguars starter fell victim to it on the exact same day. Hey, as far as Jags fans are concerned what they just witnessed is as ugly as this season can possibly get. Think about that. What are the odds that they play "pretty bad" at EVERY position AGAIN?! Even the most impressive seasons have low points. The Jaguars experienced theirs before the games even counted AND they still won! If you can't ignore obvious flaws during preseason victories then when can you ignore them?! Either way, things can only go up from here. I'm sure Jacksonville fans are all-too-familiar with that phrase, but this time they actually have a legitimate reason to believe it could be true! Even if it turns out to be false, Blake Bortles' nonchalance towards his team's cumulative failures just bought them at least two more weeks of irrational confidence and that's all we are really looking for as sports fans. Well, that and quarterback that can ease the burden of a negative message by calmly delivering it with his hands casually resting on the inside of his shoulder pads.
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