The Jacksonville Jaguars ended the 2015 regular season with a thud on Sunday, losing in embarrassing fashion to the Houston Texans. The offense and defense both looked completely inept and all the progress made (at least on the offensive side) seemed distant and faded.
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Even though the Jaguars won more games than they ever have under head coach Gus Bradley, 5 wins is an unabashed disappointment when context is considered. The AFC South was in complete shambles withAndrew Luck
injured, the Titans a mess under an interim coach, and the Texans unable to decide who to start at quarterback.
The schedule became comically easy when they played a ridiculously injured Ravens squad, a downtrodden Chargers team, and a Falcons contingent that had completed a monumental collapse after starting 5-0.
All that considered, Cody Williams over at FanSided saw fit to give the Jaguars a ‘C’ for their 2015 season:
"C – JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS5-11, 3rd AFC SouthThe Jacksonville Jaguars have been more of a joke than anything else in the NFL over the past couple of seasons and rightfully so. The organization and team as a whole had been a comedy of errors coming into the 2015 NFL season, but they actually looked to have turned a corner—even if only slightly—this year. Sure, a 5-11 record isn’t anything to get overly excited about, but there’s hope from this Jaguars team.For one, the offense in Jacksonville finally looks like it belongs in the NFL. While Blake Bortles proved that he’s still susceptible to make incredibly questionable decisions throwing the football and while the offensive line could still use some major improvements going forward, there pieces are there to start building an competent offense that this franchise can have success with.It’s undoubtedly odd to say give a 5-11 team an average grade, but the Jaguars are a bit of a special case because of where they came from. They were a notably improved football team this season and, as they hopefully make more improvements this offseason, there is hope that they can actually fully escape being the league’s punch line after how they performed in 2015."
This is a sentiment seen across the web by analysts – the Jaguars are a bad team, so 5 wins is actually a decent season by their standards. Well it’s not, and a “passing” grade is completely inappropriate. The Jaguars were a below average team that completely underperformed and didn’t take advantage of their situation. Head coach Gus Bradley is coming back in 2016 but with the expectation of a significantly improved win total.
I’d be hard pressed to give the Jaguars anything higher than a ‘D’ if only to give some credit to Blake Bortles and the growth of the offense.