How about calling it a “change of culture” for the Jacksonville Jaguars? However it needs to be explained, the Jaguars need something new, something different that’s going to inject some type of life into a team that desperately needs help. If it wasn’t obvious before that something needs to be done in Jacksonville, then it was obvious after Thursday night’s 36-22 loss to the Tennessee Titans, which absolutely wasn’t even remotely as close the scoreboard says.
To make matters even worse, Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports that owner Shad Khan confirmed after the loss that head coach Gus Bradley will not be fired. Obviously, many Jaguars fans were hoping for change, and hoping for it quickly.
Khan says no coaching change.
— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) October 28, 2016
Take away two late, garbage-time touchdowns from the Jaguars, and this game could have ended 36-8, which would have been their worst loss of the season. While Jacksonville is not only trending down after two-straight losses, this comes on the heels of a team meeting with Khan himself, where the owner apparently asked the team what he could do to help them, per ESPN’s Mike DiRocco.
DiRocco pointed out that while Khan didn’t openly say it, that it was apparent that he was making it known that things had to change, or there’d be changes on the horizon. Then, the Jaguars looked exactly like they had all season, if not even worse than earlier on in the year. While quarterback Blake Bortles’ stat line may have looked nice in the end, he had just 64 passing yards at halftime, and the team was outgained 354-60 — in one single half.
The problem isn’t even so much the right now for the Jaguars, it’s what life has been like for this team since 2007. Mediocrity isn’t even the right word to describe what the team and fans have gone through, as since the 2007 season when they went 11-5 and a duo of David Garrard and Maurice Jones-Drew were leading the show, the team hasn’t made the playoffs. To take it even one step further, they’ve only hit the .500 mark one time, which was back in 2010 when they went exactly 8-8, and every season aside from that one they’ve failed to hit that eight-win mark.
Obviously, Bortles isn’t going anywhere currently, and as crazy as it seems, the Jaguars’ season isn’t even close to over. While they’re 2-5, the leader in the division currently is the Houston Texans at 4-3, a team who’s dealing with their own issues. The division is wide open, and that’s exactly why the change at head coach needs to be made now. Bradley simply isn’t getting the job done, and it’s not getting any better.
After starting his tenure out with the Jaguars back in 2013 with a 4-12 record, he was given the benefit of the doubt when a decline hit and the team went to 3-13 the next season. After a 5-12 record in 2015, though, the Jaguars were widely expected to be one of the most improved teams in the NFL. That obviously hasn’t happened and isn’t showing any signs of happening. If this continues, don’t be surprised if Bradley doesn’t last as the head coach for many more weeks, but by then, it may be too late.