The Jacksonville Jaguars are really, really bad at football – that fact is not lost on the creators of power rankings this week.
After all the offseason hype, the Jacksonville Jaguars are 2-10 and enormous changes loom on the horizon on multiple fronts.
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No one expects Gus Bradley to be back as head coach next year, but it’s hardly all his fault. Sunday’s loss to a Denver Broncos team that was completely inept on offense with Paxton Lynch at quarterback highlighted some of the offensive deficiencies on the team, particularly the unprecedented regression of Blake Bortles.
Heading into the final 4 games, all eyes will be on Bortles to see if he can show anything worth holding on to in terms of hope that he can recover and become a functional quarterback. Outside of that, there’s very little at stake anymore.
Here’s a brief collection of some rankings around the web as the Jaguars let the weight of a lost season sink them into oblivion yet again:
"31. Jacksonville Jaguars (last week: 31)Blake Bortles called this season the biggest nightmare possible, and he’s right. His numbers (and body of work) have regressed in all areas, and he’s leading the front office down a path of quarterback purgatory – not good enough to reach the playoffs but decent and young enough to keep on the roster for another season."
"30JaguarsThe young defense has done a nice job in the second half of the season. The next coach will love that unit."
"30. Jacksonville JaguarsThe memory of his prolific 2015 campaign continues to be a distant memory for one Blake Bortles, whose season has gone from middling to tough to downright sorry in a matter of weeks.On Sunday, the Jaguars quarterback committed the big mistake that has become an unfortunate trademark of his young career: throwing the game-defining pick-six. The difference for Bortles this season has been the lack of productivity to offset the giveaways. Last year, Bortles fired 35 touchdown passes against 18 picks. This year, that ratio sits at 20:15. He hasn’t thrown for 300 yards in a game since October — and he’s working in an offense centered around the passing game."
"30. Jacksonville Jaguars2016 record: 2-10 | Week 13 ranking: 29Blake Bortles, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft, has won exactly 10 games in his pro career. He has had 11 interceptions returned for touchdowns. Which will happen first: a Bortles win or another pick-six?"
The “Bortles has more career pick-sixes than career wins” train has left the station and it’s going to be making stops at every national mention of the Jacksonville Jaguars for the rest of the season.
With the Bears winning a 3rd game, it’s hard to justify keeping the Jaguars any lower than 30 at this point. I ultimately think they’ll end up at 30 when it’s all said and done, with only the Cleveland Browns and the San Francisco 49ers ranked worse.