He returned in Week 6 and threw three touchdown passes and no interceptions against the Patriots.
But the real curveball is that getting a team a decade earlier may be a terrible scenario for Jacksonville. With another decade to grow as a city and improve its bid for an NFL team, the Jaguars played their first games at the newly built Jacksonville Municipal Stadium that’s still the team’s home today, now under the name TIAA Bank Field.
When the shine of a new team wore off, the Jaguars went through the challenges of being a bad team in a small market without much tradition. It was exacerbated by the recession of 2008, and has since been an exaggerated issue for a city that hasn’t struggled that much to support the Jaguars. But the buoy through the toughest times was a stellar stadium and its ironclad lease.
If the Colts came to Jacksonville, they would’ve played in the Gator Bowl — an aging stadium that was demolished in 1994 to make way for Jacksonville Municipal Stadium.
The hit heard ’round the world.
Well, I suppose that’s how some may refer to what transpired on January 8th, 2006. On the Cincinnati Bengals’ second offensive play from scrimmage in the Wild Card contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers, defensive tackle Kimo Von Oelhoffen tumbled into Carson Palmer’s left knee after completing a 66-yard pass to Chris Henry.
He tore two ligaments and had his kneecap dislocate on the play. Jon Kitna filled in admirably, but the Bengals’ Cinderella season ended with a 31-17 loss at Paul Brown Stadium.
Fifteen years. That’s how long Bengals fans had waited to once again be proud of their team and how long the drought between playoff berths was back in 2005.
For some who are new around these parts, the heartbreak ushered in 2011-2015 might be your first tastes of Bengals heartbreak. But, for those of us with longer memories and relationships with this team, there are deeper wounds.