Another lesson from Florida for suffering Chicagoans

Bears coach Matt Nagy, left, and general manager Ryan Pace answer questions during a news conference on Jan. 14, 2019, at Halas Hall in Lake Forest, Ill. (Erin Hooley / Chicago Tribune)

Bears coach Matt Nagy, left, and general manager Ryan Pace answer questions during a news conference on Jan. 14, 2019, at Halas Hall in Lake Forest, Ill. (Erin Hooley / Chicago Tribune)

Gather round frustrated Bears fans to learn how the fans of another perpetually losing NFL team, the Jacksonville Jaguars, handle defeat.

They don't show up. Unlike the Bears fans who thin and thin will keep shelling out big bucks to watch and moan defeat.

There's a COVID joke making the rounds down here in Jax: Even though fans were allowed to come to watch the Jags in person with social distancing, you couldn't tell the difference from a regular game. With widely spaced seating, the joint still looked like a regular season game, with the stadium less than half full.

In other words, the fans handed the owner his hat in the best way they could. They didn't show up to watch a team that this year won only one game. They were so bad they couldn't beat the Bears in the unfriendly confines of  TIAA Bank Field.

So what's that your saying? Not showing up hasn't worked? Especially if they are worse than the Bears.

Except for this: The stab in the rich owner's fat wallet got his attention. Today it is announced that

The Jaguars have hired Urban Meyer as their new head coach, turning to one of the most successful college coaches in NCAA history to help spur a turnaround of one of the NFL's worst franchises.

NFL purists will complain that he's "just" a college coach. Yet, here's his record:

Meyer won three national championships and compiled a 187-32 college coaching record during stints at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State. He won two of those titles (2006, 2008) with the Gators, whom he led to a 65-15 record in six seasons. He also led the Buckeyes to the 2014 national title and compiled an 83-9 record in seven seasons in Columbus, Ohio.

No doubt, Meyer will cost the Jags a pretty penny, but he's a proven commodity unlike some of the jamokes that the Bears hire. Moreover, the Jags are showing an admirable public relations strategy by hiring a near-sainted, home-state winner. Unlike the pathetic, disastrous and embarrassing press conference that the four horse-ass men that the Bears trotted out to justify their latest losing strategy.

The Jags will have the number-one pick in the upcoming draft, which they are expected to use on Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. (I wonder if the Bears couldn't find a way to screw up such a sure thing, like they did when they traded up to nab from the bottom of the heap their non-franchise quarterback.) The Jags also  have $76.2 million in salary-cap space this offseason, the most in the NFL.

Nothing ever is guaranteed in the NFL. But I'm already checking the odds for the next time that the Bears and Jags meet. If it's played in Jacksonville again, at least people will be able to come out and watch in person.

Related: John Kass, " Corporate weasel words pave the road to Bears fans hell"

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