We’ve talked considerably about head coach Gus Bradley and his future with the Jacksonville Jaguars in the wake of the team’s latest loss (this time to the downtrodden Houston Texans), including whether or not he should be fired, if he should be given the rest of the year, or if we should just see what this team does under Doug Marrone.
Overall, the sentiment of the fanbase and most local analysts is that Bradley should be let go and it should be done sooner rather than later. 38 games into his tenure and with only 8 wins to show for it, there’s very little evidence to believe Bradley is actively making his players better and preparing them aptly for each week’s game.
This has led some to believe that Bradley could be on the chopping block as soon as this week if the team gets embarrassed (again) in London. Well Alex Marvez of FOXSports is reporting that Bradley is safe this weekend in London:
"When asked specifically about his level of patience with both Bortles and Bradley, Khan said he is taking a long-term approach. If nothing else, he sounds determined to let Caldwell and Bradley have an appropriate amount of time to shape the team in their image.“I think if you look at metrics, Blake is a second-year quarterback and I think he’s doing much better, quite frankly. I think there is a lot of work to do, and Gus and Dave Caldwell have done a lot of heavy lifting. We’re to the stage now where we’ll be seeing some of the results.“I’m very, very optimistic and believe in what they are doing. It’s frustrating and maddening at times, but if you know football, regrettably it’s the right thing to do.”"
Reading between the lines a little bit, it sounds like Khan is frustrated by the results so far in 2015 but the progression of Blake Bortles is the biggest indicator that this team is headed in the right direction. Wrong or not, it appears Khan is running with that and will probably let this staff finish out the year.
I’m still skeptical – if the Jaguars get absolutely laughed out of Wembley Stadium on Sunday, Khan is going to have a full two weeks to think about the state of the franchise and whether or not he and the fanbase can handle 9 more games of the same garbage on the field. We’ll have to wait to find out just how sincere these comments are.
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