The Jacksonville Jaguars put forward another very poor effort Thursday night against division rival Tennessee. It was easily one of the worst performances for any team this season, yet Jacksonville owner Shahid Khan will reportedly stick with team coach Gus Bradley.
NFL owners are far too often impatient when it comes to building an NFL roster. It takes time to develop young players and acquire people, both on the coaching staff and roster, that fit their philosophy.
Overall, Khan exercising patience is a great thing, but keeping the status quo after this season is going to be viewed by the Jaguars fanbase as a major mistake.
Bradley is now 14-41 as head coach in Jacksonville, which is bad enough for a .255 win percentage. That’s the second worst win percentage ever for any coach that has been at the helm for at least 50 games.
The only one worst is Bert Bell, who coached the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers to a combined 10-46-2 mark from 1936-1941. In the Super Bowl era, just two other coaches, David Shula and Dave McGinnis, lasted at least 50 games and also posted a win percentage below .300.
But not only have the Jaguars been bad, they appear to be getting worse. They have absolutely no running game despite drafting T.J. Yeldon in the second round last year and signing Chris Ivory to big money this past offseason. Combating the problem, quarterback Blake Bortles appears to be regressing in his third season.
Bradley is a defensive coach, so he can’t take full blame for those deficiencies, however, the defense isn’t much better. Tennessee had 354 total yards, 20 first downs and 27 points in the first half Thursday. And both of Jacksonville’s recent top-five first round defensive picks, Dante Fowler Jr. and Jalen Ramsey, committed boneheaded penalties that extended drives.
The Jaguars might be as big of a mess as ever, and it’s getting to the point that making no changes would be unprecedented.