The Jacksonville Jaguars must end this losing streak
The Jacksonville Jaguars are in a huge slump. They lost five games in a row and play the Pittsburg Steelers this week. The Steelers are currently 6-2-1.
As the Jaguars prepare to face Pittsburgh this weekend at TIAA Bank Field in front of a packed house, could recent history help the home team stop their losing ways? They defeated the Steelers twice last season and that may help the home team’s confidence.
There is no doubt that the Jaguars are in the midst of a losing streak. What is a losing streak? A losing streak is an uninterrupted string of contests lost be a team or an individual.
It is easy to define a losing streak but more difficult to end it. For Jacksonville, losing continues to be a battle without a solution. One suggestion is to change the lineup. Other than injuries, this has not been done to any extent by Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone.
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Another suggestion is to provide team building activities to improve the team members trust in one another. A third simple suggestion is to look at the situation from the top down. There has been a lack of public input from Tom Coughlin, Shad Khan, and other top management personnel.
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First, ask what isn’t working. The defense has serious communication difficulties. That hasn’t been solved by the Jaguars coaching staff. Another issue is the poor play calling by the offensive coordinator. The return of Leonard Fournette may solve this to some extent. It is obvious there is no confidence in the other running backs.
The team must also continue to give Blake Bortles a chance to win the game with better offensive line play.
Sometimes it is impossible to pinpoint the issue. In that case, the obvious answer is to focus on the aspects you can fix and avoid fixating on issues that you can’t control. The Jaguars leadership has spent too much time and energy focused on injuries. It’s an issue you can’t control right now.
Next is, behavior standards may have dropped. This is an issue that must be addressed. There are interesting twitter posts, locker room fights, and on-field finger pointing. This is something Marrone, must address. He has stated it is his job to lead this team, something he told the media he has not done a good job of in recent weeks.
Last, does the team believe they can win? Jacksonville started the season very confident at 3-1, but as the losing started the finger pointing began. As each member loses confidence in the overall goal they tend to not trust the play calling.
Their fellow teammates and may start playing for themselves. This can lead to chaos. The Jaguars do not need a divided locker room in the midst of this losing streak.
Leadership is the answer to most of these problems. On the field and off the field the Jaguars players, coaches, and management appear unable to pinpoint and fix the problems. Let’s all hope that they will concentrate on what can be fixed and return to their winning ways starting this Sunday.
GO JAGUARS! MY TEAM WIN OR LOSE