After yet another double-digit loss on Sunday, what happens now for the Jacksonville Jaguars?
The Jacksonville Jaguars have lost by a humiliating margin for five weeks in a row. They are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs and have no answers for this dumpster fire.
As I watched the Jaguars game yesterday I heard play-by-play announcer Mark Schlereth mention more than once that the offense needs more versatility and better play calling. The endless runs up the middle and short passes are not winning football.
The Chargers defense knew the Jaguars could not throw deep passes (even with Gardner Minshew at quarterback) and played accordingly. He went on to mention the linebackers were struggling. It was obvious the offensive line does a very poor job of pass protection. The Chargers, who by the way are having a poor season as well, had well-designed plays which led to explosive plays.
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So where do does this team go from here?
The typical Jaguars excuse is injuries and young inexperienced players. I loved the comments by Abry Jones, via Demetrius Harvey and Big Cat Country.
"Can’t make simple mistakes. It’s really just what’s beating us… Simple as that, just assignments. It don’t matter if you young or not, you’ve been playing football since pee-wee. It’s football,” he said."
Another excuse is coaching and that could be more than a possibility. The Miami Dolphins dumped good players in the offseason to concentrate on the 2020 season with the intention of drafting one of the highly coveted college quarterbacks set to come out in the NFL Draft.
It as widely mentioned they weren’t expected to win games this season, but they have become a competitive team along the way, even defeating the Philadelphia Eagles a couple of weeks ago. games. The Dolphins lost their first seven games but have won three of their last six games. They hired a new head coach, Brian Flores, who has injected enthusiasm and a drive to win.
Maybe the coach of this team does make a difference. Which also continues to leave Doug Marrone on a very hot seat.
I am not inside the Jaguars building, so I do not have access to what goes on inside the building. I can only speculate on who is in charge of the team and its daily preparation. Who decides the offensive and defensive schemes? We are still playing the Gus Bradley defense which has produced losing records for six of seven seasons. Why haven’t we changed or gotten personnel that suit that style of play?
The good news is that the defense has a scheme and is successful with some NFL teams. However, we have no effective offensive scheme at all that I can determine. Running Leonard Fournette up the middle with no blockers and throwing short passes is not a viable way to win football games.
The bottom line is simple. Changes must be made. It is unfair to the fans, players, and city of Jacksonville to put a non-competitive team on the field year after year. My opinion is the franchise needs a general manager who is on the same page as the coach so they can find players and a system that works.
The Jaguars must hire an experienced coach who is a proven winner. Finally, this organization must take a long look at the current roster and make changes as needed.