JACKSONVILLE, Fla.: City Meyer is undefeated out of the country.
Meyer used to be Notre Dames receivers trainer in 1996 when the Combating Irish performed Army in Dublin, Eire. Notre Dame received 54-27. Twenty-five years later, Meyer will attempt to get to 2-0 when his winless Jacksonville Jaguars (0-5) play a house sport in opposition to cross-state foe Miami (1-4) at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on Sunday.
Its simply roughly ironic have been going all of the solution to London to play a staff from Miami, rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence mentioned Wednesday.
The Jaguars have misplaced 20 consecutive video games, six shy of the NFL file set by way of Tampa Bay in 1977. They in reality have a greater successful proportion in London (.429) than in Jacksonville (.333) since they began taking part in every year around the pond in 2013.
London is meant to be Jacksonvilles 2d house. The 8,500-mile spherical go back and forth is essential for the small-market franchises monetary steadiness. The Jaguars credit score about 11% in their native earnings to taking part in every year in a foreign country.
Jacksonvilles price tag, tv, sponsorship and stadium earnings streams are smaller than NFL groups in better markets. Making money in London is helping offset one of the disparity, and the sport stays a essential a part of the groups long-term plan.
Jacksonville performed a house sport at iconic Wembley Stadium yearly between 2013 and 2019 and would have performed there once more ultimate yr had COVID-19 no longer shuttered global shuttle. The Jaguars signed a long-term care for the NFL that granted them prolonged territorial rights necessarily permitting sponsorship offers in the UK and landed them price tag earnings from Wembley, an 86,000-seat venue.
Jaguars proprietor Shad Khan, who additionally owns Fulham Soccer Membership, is able to signal every other contract to stay Londons staff and play one house sport every year at Wembley. Khan attempted to toughen Jacksonvilles foothold in London by way of bidding to shop for Wembley in 2018. He withdrew his be offering for the English Soccer Associations primary asset after spotting the level of opposition to the sale.
Khan unquestionably nonetheless can be curious about buying Wembley and would favor taking part in there Sunday. A confluence of things associated with scheduling problems led to by way of COVID-19 compelled Jacksonville to accept taking part in one among 3 NFL video games at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
And the Jags ended up dealing with the Dolphins in a matchup of Florida groups which might be a five-hour pressure aside.
Jacksonville has 26 gamers on its 53-man roster who’ve performed a minimum of one sport in London. It used to be the next proportion a couple of years in the past, however a roster overhaul and lacking ultimate years go back and forth led to that quantity to dip.
Meyer and a number of other assistants additionally might be making the go back and forth for the primary time. Meyer is depending on a gaggle of staffers who’ve been over there sufficient instances to have it right down to a science to make it clean for everybody and provides the Jaguars their very best probability of finishing an embarrassing skid.
Ive no longer finished it, however the Jaguars have, Meyer mentioned. The Jaguars have a gorgeous just right plan.
Meyer allowed his management committee, a gaggle of gamers who function liaisons between the locker room and the training workforce, to lend a hand select what day to depart. They’d a number of choices, two of which incorporated leaving previous within the week. They landed on leaving after apply Thursday.
Meyers primary worry is ensuring everybody remains hydrated earlier than and all through the flight and will get quite a few leisure in hopes of feeling very little jet lag led to by the point distinction.
The only factor I discovered: the gamers in reality, those Ive talked to, revel in it, Meyer mentioned. They prefer going over there. We had an extended dialogue about it, lengthy dialogue about why we do it after which the global attraction of the NFL.
The Jaguars, on the other hand, have no real interest in taking part in house video games in Germany. The NFL decided on Dsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich to go into a last bidding level to host a regular-season NFL sport.
Germany has a powerful and rising NFL fan base and is among the worlds biggest economies, making it a logical goal for a league with visions of globally enlargement.
However the Jaguars are dedicated to London, their 2d house and probably the web page in their first victory in just about 400 days.
The leaders we’ve in this staff were superior and clearly its been a tricky get started, particularly for the blokes which were right here, Lawrence mentioned. It’s difficult roughly the location have been in. … If we stick in combination and simply make those performs right here and there sooner or later everythings going to fall into position. With a bit of luck thats faster moderately than later.
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