Things somehow got worse for the Jaguars in the late 2010s
The Jags defense was still its dominant self in 2018 but Bortles and their offense let them down. Things got so bad that the BOAT was benched in favor of the legendary Cody Kessler. You know things are downright bad when you give the starting nod to a quarterback who managed to only last three seasons in the NFL but the Jaguars had no other options.
Not surprisingly, Jacksonville parted ways with Bortles after 2018 but they once again mishandled the quarterback position, Management thought that giving Nick Foles — the same Nick Foles that played a huge role in Philly winning the SB — a four-year $88 million deal would fix all their offensive issues but they found out just after a handful of games that they had severely fumbled the proverbial ball. This time though, they had rookie Gardner Minshew in the wing and he quickly brought a spark to the Jags.
Even though the Jags won just six games in 2019, it seemed like they had found the answer at quarterback. But instead of adding reinforcements the following offseason, then-general manager Dave Caldwell proceeded to trade most of the defensive players that made the 2017 season possible in an effort to hoard draft picks to rebuild the roster. In the end, Caldwell wasn't able to see the fruit of his work, as he was fired near the end of the 2020 season. Not long after, they also gave head coach Doug Marrone the boot.
To replace Caldwell, the Jaguars promoted director of player personnel Trent Baalke to general manager. And to fill the void left by Marrone, they hired ** drum roll, please ** Urban Meyer, who had a history of building winning programs at the coaching level but also came with lots of baggage. On the bright side, the Jaguars drafted Trevor Lawrence, a generational talent that not even Meyer could ruin, so what could possibly go wrong?