After almost beating one of the best teams in the league in week 1, the Jaguars were embarrassed by the Chargers in every aspect.
If this type of loss doesn’t get head coach Gus Bradley fired, it’s hard to imagine just how badly the Jaguars need to be outclassed for the fourth year head coach to lose his job. After giving the fans some hope by going toe-to-toe with the Green Bay Packers, the Jaguars laid an egg in San Diego on Sunday and legitimately looked like the worst team in the league. It’s hard to play as poorly as the Jaguars did over 4 quarters but they somehow made a Chargers team without it’s best receiver look unstoppable. Philip Rivers once again eviscerated the Jacksonville defense and got his team back on track after a tough loss, something Blake Bortles could learn from after putting together maybe his worst game as a pro.
Here are some other quick thoughts from today’s awful game:
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From the beginning, Philip Rivers picked up right where he left off last year when he dominated the Jaguars. The opening drive went for a touchdown and the Jacksonville defense didn’t put up any semblance of a fight. Rivers can probably drop back to pass on every single play and do whatever he wants against the Jaguars, but he actually didn’t even need to do much this week as Melvin Gordon also got in the mix and looked every bit of the first round pick the Chargers used on him.
The Jaguars let things go from bad to catastrophic almost instantly. The Jaguars only had 50 yards on offense by the time the Chargers scored 21 points and it was worse than the score would indicate. Blake Bortles had an awful game, throwing a costly interception when the Jaguars really needed to score before halftime. He never really got into a groove when the game was still in question, partially thanks to the same unimaginative and frustrating play calling that doomed the Jaguars in week 1. When is Greg Olson going to stop calling these dead-on-arrival screen passes?
- I won’t bury the lead too much here – head coach Gus Bradley needs to be let go. The team likely won’t do it midseason but there’s absolutely no reason he should still be employed by this or any football team. The Jaguars consistently look unprepared against good quarterbacks, and you’d think by the 4th time you face Philip Rivers you’d have a somewhat creative strategy for trying to slow him down.