When the first half of Jaguars games wrapped up last year, coordinators Bob Bratkowski (offense) and Mel Tucker (defense) would be seen dashing to an elevator because both play-callers preferred the up-top view of the game.The new coaching staff’s operation is totally different — Jedd Fisch (offense) and Bob Babich (defense) are on the sideline, joined by all but one position coach.
Nobody expected the Jaguars to make a run at the playoffs. Heck, not many expected them to win more than five games. But it is a little surprising how poorly the team has played through the first three weeks of the season. Granted, the Jaguars have been missing some key players (Justin Blackmon, Marcedes Lewis, Blaine Gabbert), and there have been some injuries (Maurice Jones-Drew, Dwight Lowery, Dwayne Gratz), but they haven’t even been competitive in losses to Kansas City, Oakland and Seattle. That’s why they remain last in ESPN.com’s NFL Power Rankings.
The Jaguars are finally home after 10 days on the West Coast, and this week’s storyline? Well, there are several, but among them is that Sunday’s return to EverBank Field is a long, long, long way from a homecoming game. Who will start at quarterback for the Jaguars? Will there be changes in scheme? How will the team deal with a 0-3 start? All are issues, but perhaps the biggest issue facing the Jaguars this week is that the Colts – the Jaguars’ longtime AFC South rival – appear to have built themselves again into one of the best teams in the AFC and a division- and conference-title contender. The Colts, after a home loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 2, went on the road this past Sunday for a 27-7 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, a team many expect to contend for NFC West and NFC Championships this season. That left the Colts 2-1, tied with the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans for first place in the AFC South.