The Jaguars need to make a change to jump start the team
The Jaguars have played the worst three-game stretch in franchise history. Logic indicates changes need to be made.
It appears nothing will change for the Jacksonville Jaguars as they move forward this week with a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
Head coach Doug Marrone made it very clear that changes will not be made despite the abysmal loss on Sunday to the Tennessee Titans, 42-20.
"“Needless to say, a performance like that led to fans once again questioning if Todd Wash will get fired but head coach Doug Marrone shot theses speculations down by telling the media he has no plans to do so,” James Johnson wrote."
He added that he has no plans to bench quarterback Nick Foles and continued to hold onto that decisions as he spoke with local media in a teleconference on Monday.
In other words, the status quo continues. Marrone says that he will continue to work hard and I have no doubt that he will. However, if the scheme is ineffective, hard work won’t change anything.
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I understand that big changes will probably not result in many more Jaguars wins, but sometimes you need to shake things up. Everyone says the right thing before and after the game, but the flat affect and lack of heart of the team say it all. Someone needs to “take one for the team.”
Obviously, nothing is going to be done as long as Marrone is the Jaguars coach. We assume the decisions about his staff and making changes on the roster are up to him. It also possible his comments and lack of decisions are from higher up the team’s management.
Let’s pretend that I make the decisions for the organization. First I would replace Foles with Gardner Minshew. Next I would replace Todd Wash with just about any body. Last I would start looking ahead and play some of my younger players.
Foles has shown me nothing. His stats look okay, but his lack of charisma is hurting the team. Minshew had that intangible feel that can’t be taught or coached. He brought some fun, excitement, and national attention to our team and that was worth a lot. By the way, he was 4-4 as a starter and as a rookie in the NFL, that means something.
Next, I would replace Todd Wash as defensive coordinator. A product of the Gus Bradley defense, the scheme is not working. When something doesn’t work it needs to be modified. Wash makes no adjustments. In addition, he insists on playing Myles Jack at middle linebacker even though it’s obvious he was much better at one of the outside positions.
Wash is not going to adapt or change so the team must adapt by letting him go.
Finally, let’s play the young guys and see what talent we have. Taven Bryan is playing more and playing better with more game time. Will Richardson and right guards and Dontavious Russell, a rookie nose tackle and Auburn alum, should get more playing time.
Its highly unlikely that these changes would produce a miracle or dramatic turnaround for the Jaguars, but they could jump start a moribund team. And with five games left, there really isn’t a reason not to make changes.