uring Thursday's embarrassing 27-10 home loss to the Colts, the Jacksonville Jaguars acted like they were rejecting a newly transplanted organ. Virtually every notable personnel move the team made this offseason produced a notably disappointing game. Veteran free agent wideout Laurent Robinson, already benched after signing a big deal this past offseason, fumbled a reception away to end a promising drive. Former Giants cornerback Aaron Ross was lost in coverage on a 41-yard bomb that set up a Colts touchdown. Franchise kicker Josh Scobee missed his first field goal of the year. Most disturbingly, wide receiver Justin Blackmon — whom the Jaguars traded up to acquire with the fifth pick in this year's draft — continued to exhibit a total inability to separate from pro coverage and become a playmaker in the passing game. Jacksonville threw the ball 47 times against a team whose starting cornerbacks were both inactive, and Blackmon mustered just three catches for 25 yards. At least third-round pick punter Bryan Anger had a good game.
Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey is all in with quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Mularkey is sticking with Gabbert, even though he twice has hurt his shoulder in the past four games, is running the worst offense in the league and threw a pick-six against the Indianapolis Colts in a 27-10 loss Thursday night. Mularkey rejected the notion Friday of going to backup Chad Henne in an attempt to get a spark.
With the second half of the Jaguars’ season under way, it’s hard to assess the nightmare that transpired the first nine weeks without handing this franchise some brooms, mops and garbage cans. Unmistakably, head coach Mike Mularkey, his staff and the players have a lot to clean up. Losing their only prime-time game Thursday night against the Indianapolis Colts ensured the Jaguars of retaining the NFL’s worst record, which includes an unprecedented five blowout losses at EverBank Field.
This isn’t what Mike Mularkey envisioned. Not even close. The Jaguars’ head coach didn’t expect a six-game losing streak, or the worst start in franchise history. But if the first nine games of his first season with the franchise have been baffling at times and frustrating at others, Mularkey said the goal remains clear: Keep working. Keep doing the right things.