JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Between Maurice Jones-Drew's holdout, Justin Blackmon's arrest, coach Mike Mularkey's injury policy and playing future home games in London, the Jacksonville Jaguars received plenty of attention in the preseason.
None of it really positive.
It surely wasn't the ideal way for owner Shad Khan and Mularkey to start their first season together.
The Jaguars, though, get a chance to turn things around in Sunday's season opener at Minnesota. It's not a game that's going to get the team in the playoffs, but it certainly could set the tone for what players, coaches and the owner hope will be a different direction for a franchise that has missed the postseason 10 times in the last 12 years.
Mularkey says the opener will be "good for us to see where we're at."