After the most embarrassing and inexcusable loss of the Gus Bradley era, are we overreacting by asking for drastic changes?
It’s Tuesday so this will be the last we talk about the epic beatdown the Jacksonville Jaguars suffered at the hands of the San Diego Chargers last Sunday, but it’s worth reflecting for a moment and to ask the following – are we overreacting?
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The fallout has been swift from fans since Sunday’s debacle, as most want head coach Gus Bradley out. It’s understandable if you start the conversation off with his overall record (12-38, the second worst for any head coach with 50 games under his belt ever), and it’s easy fodder considering just how deflating the loss was in week 2.
Bill Barnwell, usually not the biggest proponent of the Jaguars, says we’re overreacting and should wait and see what happens over the next couple of weeks.
"Is it an overreaction? Yes. Bortles has made some bad throws, but he has also made plenty of pretty passes, especially during the Packers game. The investments on the offensive line haven’t yet paid off, as Luke Joeckel has been a mess at guard, and he’ll have to take over at left tackle again if Beachum’s serious-looking head injury keeps him out for an extended period of time. The defense hasn’t been great, but Amukamara played well in the opener, and Jacksonville’s two top-5 picks on defense have shown great promise. Jalen Ramsey‘s been very good as a slot corner through two weeks (although he was juked out of his shoes by Melvin Gordon on Sunday), while Dante Fowler picked up his first two NFL sacks against the Chargers.The schedule is also about to lighten up for the Jags: They get the Ravens and Colts at home over the next two weeks. Neither has looked especially impressive so far, even given Baltimore’s 2-0 record. If the Jags hit their bye at 0-4 after consecutive home losses, there could be fireworks, but they come out of that bye week with games against the Bears, Raiders and Titans. Jacksonville is still probably a year away, but it’s too early to write their 2016 off."
I agree with Barnwell to some extent – the Jaguars were wildly inconsistent last year (looking limp one week and then putting up 50 on Indianapolis) so it’s not out of the question to bounce back, and we (myself included) probably set ourselves up for disappointment thinking that the Jaguars could contain Philip Rivers given what he’s done to Bradley’s defense the last 3 years.
Even if the Jaguars recover, it still won’t excuse what happened against the Chargers – the Jaguars were outplayed and outcoached in every capacity and it was an all too familiar feeling for a team that’s supposed to be past games like that. It might be overreacting, but fans are right to be upset with the way the head coach prepared his team on Sunday.