by Ryan Wilson
The Jaguars are a mess. Apparently, that can't be stressed enough. After losing to the Browns two weeks ago, and the previous winless Bengals last Sunday, Jacksonville prepared for today's grudge match with the 0-8 Lions by sending linebacker and team captain Mike Peterson home for insolence. Because talking back to the Del Rio WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.
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And this was after we learned that some Jaguars players were having a good laugh in the locker room minutes after losing in Cincinnati, which, apparently, is the exact wrong emotion for such situations.
And today, via ESPN's Chris Mortensen, head coach Jack Del Rio has fined Peterson 10 grand for his insubordination. It's not clear if Peterson will be active for the game -- I think he will; Del Rio wants to set an example, for sure, but not so much of one that the Jags actually lose to the Lions -- but bigger issues remain. Namely: Jacksonville, a preseason favorite to make a deep playoff run, are sitting at 3-5 and playing some pretty unspectacular football.
It was also reported that Del Rio has banned all music (even MP3 players!) from the Jags locker room. That should solve everything. By the way, while Del Rio's going ban-crazy, he might want to ban John Henderson from doing emergency eyeball surgery.
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