After losing to the previously winless Bengals this past Sunday, you might think it would be hard for things to get much worse for the Jacksonville Jaguars. But, hark, they just may be. On Wednesday, Head Coach Jack Del Rio decided to give starting middle linebacker Mike Peterson the day off by sending him home early -- reasons not disclosed -- and it appears that may just be the tip of the iceberg.
"There is a tremendous amount of dissension," said a league source with knowledge of the dynamics in Jacksonville. "That team is a house of cards. Poor leadership and bad character."
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According to the reports, there was a great deal of laughter echoing from the Jaguars locker room following their loss to the Bengals, while players have been told to turn down their music (you wild kids with your long hair and your rock and roll music!).
In the Jaguars defense, a lot of people were laughing after Sunday's game. But I'm not sure that's something Del Rio wants to hear at this point.
The Jaguars were a playoff team a year ago, winning an opening round game on the road and putting up a fight in the second round against the Patriots juggernaut. They entered this season as a sexy pick to take control of the AFC South, and now they're a disappointing 3-5 and tearing themselves apart from the inside.
On the plus side, the Jaguars get the winless Detroit Lions on Sunday. Detroit is entering the game with either a second-year quarterback that's going to embarrass himself (or not), or a guy they just signed a couple of days ago.
The Jaguars have to win this game ... right?
UPDATE: PFT passes along the news that Peterson is still not with the team today.