The Jacksonville Jaguars entered Week 16 hoping to solidify their spot as the No. 1 team in the AFC South. Looking back, maybe they were too reliant on hope. They weren't ready to do what was necessary to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which explains why they lost 30-12 and why the game was pretty much decided by halftime.
Last year, a comeback wouldn't have been out of the question but the Jaguars are currently playing uninspiring football. Any hopes of potentially turning things around in what's left of the season are quickly vanishing. After all, the loss to the Buccaneers wasn't an isolated incident but rather a sign of a bigger problem. Simply put, good teams don't lose four games in a row, and Jacksonville isn't a good team right now.
The coaching staff isn't putting players in a position to succeed and players aren't executing, so whether the Jags make the playoffs or not, it appears as if they're poised to undergo significant changes in the offseason. For the time being though, here are four players that played a role in the frustrating loss to the Buccaneers, along with a couple studs.
4. Walker Little, offensive tackle
Offensive tackle Walker Little was playing pretty well, early in the season when he was filling in for Cam Robinson. However, his performance has experienced a dip in recent weeks. Perhaps Little has been bothered by the hamstring injury he suffered against the Cincinnati Bengals, but if he's healthy enough to be on the field, he deserves every single piece of criticism headed his way.
While Little may turn out to be the long-term answer at left tackle, his play is currently left much to be desired. That said, the rest of the offensive line isn't faring much better, with the unit giving up 19 total pressures in Week 16.