Sep 28, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) leads the huddle during the second quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
3) Can the Jaguars Keep it Together?
7-25 is a tough pill to swallow for Gus Bradley. I’m certain that even in his worst nightmares the Jacksonville Jaguars were winning more games than that. Yet that’s the reality two years in.
So far, the Jaguars have managed to keep it together. The roster still believes in Bradley and the front office is still fully behind him. Bradley is the captain of the Jaguars and he is guiding the team well. How long will that last if there isn’t tangible progress for the team in year three, though?
Coaches who lose the locker room are usually fired rather quickly. Players have to believe in the person leading them and while Bradley has kept the locker room with him through two disappointing seasons, it gets harder and harder for a head coach to gain buy-in when the progress isn’t translating to wins. The Jags’ rebuild is massive and it will continue beyond 2015, so Bradley has to make sure he still has the team with him post-2015 regardless of whatever the record is. If he can manage that then he should be great, but if he can’t then the Jaguars will be at risk of falling apart. How much longer can they keep it together under Bradley?
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