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An Old Guy Ushers In a New Era

Veteran DE Jason Babin on the youth movement in Jacksonville, the bad rap Jaguars fans get and controlling the message

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Jenny Vrentas
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1. I think my role as a leader on this team is important. The coaches asked me to do that when they came in, to help out, and I enjoy it. I am the veteran guy, and I’ve picked up a few things over the years. I think it’s starting to work. One of our biggest things is to protect the team. That’s the approach we take, and that’s the approach I try to take every time.

2. I think coach Gus Bradley has created a positive place with a genuine coaching experience between the coaches and players. What you see is what you get; there isn’t anything behind the scenes. It’s really great to be around.

3. I think the teammate who has impressed me the most is [cornerback] Alan Ball. He’s done an awesome job. Just the way he competes—you get him at 100 percent every day. If I had to give an award to somebody, it would be him.

4. I think when people say that the Jacksonville fans aren’t here, that’s not true. They’re here, they’re hungry, and we’re going to do everything we can to give them something to cheer about.

5. I think all offseason, all training camp, you’ve seen a supreme focus from Blaine Gabbert. Everyone has been happy and excited to see that from him.

6. I think I’ve learned to keep my off-the-field activities close to my chest. It’s often gotten me in trouble, when it comes to running with the bulls and some of my more out-there hobbies. I can’t confirm or deny what I do or don’t do, but I don’t put them put there on social media.

7. I think I honestly forget that I’m 33 years old. I’m in here with these young guys and they’re talking, hanging out, and I’m like, “I’m 10 years older than these kids.” But when you’re in the atmosphere, it’s not something I really think about. I’m like Peter Pan; I don’t want to grow up.

8. I think it’s going to be interesting to see who emerges as the toughest offensive lineman to face this year, the head honcho. Before Jason Peters got hurt, he was probably the guy in the NFL.

9. I think I learn from watching the pass rushers around the league who are really dynamic and fast, like Cameron Wake and Robert Mathis. It’s a similar approach that I have, so you see what they’re doing. I’m not going to watch a guy who is 280 pounds, because we’re not going to rush the same.

10. I think playing the Eagles, my former team, next week in the preseason, will be more like playing Chip Kelly than playing the Eagles. It’s not the guys that I left. I do have a few players, a few buddies who are still on the team that I talk with. They’re coming to our place, so we’ve got to represent.

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6 comments
GTT
GTT

Jacksonville has a team because they once filled the Gator Bowl just to show Bob Irsay they wanted to the Colts to move there. They also had the biggest crowd in USFL history and that was a regular season game. It's a rabid football town, however, it is very much working class and if the product is not good, people will spend their limited dollars on something else.

Mike N
Mike N

I wish I could chase and hunt Babin with 8" barrel .357 magnum on a game preserve like the faux machisimo lets people hunt animals on his ranch!

pamperofirpo
pamperofirpo

4. I think when people say that the Jacksonville fans aren’t here, that’s not true. They’re here, they’re hungry, and we’re going to do everything we can to give them something to cheer about. 

Really? I am the first to comment on this piece. (I actually got to this article by accident.) The lack of comments is reflective of how much Jacksonville cares about their team. Within three years, the Jags will be playing out of Wembley Stadium in London. Their owner already owns an English Premier League team.

Mike N
Mike N

@pamperofirpo 

+1

JAX, OAK and CIN lead the NFL every year with the most blackouts (75% or less seats sold 72 hours before kickoff),  that's all you need to know about their fan base!!!

MicahFry
MicahFry

@pamperofirpo The article is less than 24 hours old. The site is new and yes, we have less numbers than most teams. We still love the Jaguars and there are 2 NFL owners who own Premier League teams and their teams aren't moving. Shad Khan loves Jacksonville and Jacksonville loves the Jaguars. We're not going anywhere thank you very much.

davidgraham813
davidgraham813

@Mike N @pamperofirpo The Jaguars haven't had a blackout since December 13, 2009. They were 20th in attendance last season. Misinformed comments like yours are what Jason Babin is talking about. 

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