The Jacksonville Jaguars made a big change this week, but it doesn’t translate to big changes in this week’s power rankings.
It’s finally over.
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The Jacksonville Jaguars made the move everyone has been waiting for, dismissing head coach Gus Bradley on Sunday after yet another comically improbable collapse to the Houston Texans. The Jaguars had become masters of finding new ways to blow games under Bradley, something that crystallized even further last week as the team lost despite finally winning the turnover battle, a kick return touchdown courtesy of Marqise Lee, and the Texans benching their starting quarterback.
Doug Marrone now takes over as the interim head coach, but that doesn’t change the prospects of the team much as we head into the final two weeks.
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:
"28. Jacksonville Jaguars (last week: 29)The Jaguars hit rock bottom Sunday, blowing a comfortable lead to the Tom Savage-led Texans. Gus Bradley was going to be fired regardless of the outcome, and now they’ll attempt to start over for two weeks with Doug Marrone as the interim coach."
"30JaguarsGus Bradley got fired after Sunday’s loss to the Texans, but does it matter this season? Not a bit."
"30. Jacksonville JaguarsIt’s almost always a knee-jerk reaction for a head coach to get fired before the team’s charter flight returns home from a road trip, especially with only two games left in the season. Then again, team brass reportedly wanted to release Bradley after the loss to the Vikings in Week 14. (So why wait until after a road game? Awkward.) Either way, can you blame owner Shad Khan after watching one of the most unsuccessful coaching tenures in league history? Bradley’s teams won only 14 of 62 games. Even if Tom Coughlin returns to this franchise as Gandalf the White, how do you win with a quarterback who threw for 92 yards on Sunday and leads the league in giveaways?"
"30. Jacksonville Jaguars2016 record: 2-12Week 15 ranking: 31The Gus Bradley era is officially over. The Jaguars went 14-48 (.226) during Bradley’s head-coaching tenure, tied for the worst record in the NFL in that span. The Jags’ season is effectively over, but they can play spoiler to the Titans and possibly the Colts the next two weeks."
Maybe it just happened naturally, but the Jaguars seemed to get a slight bump across the board after firing Bradley.
Okay, it’s mostly because teams like the Jets and Rams looked atrocious but still. The Jaguars are certainly not a worse team now with an upgrade at head coach, but they still aren’t good. This is a bad team until they show otherwise. I’d have them at 30 right now.