The Jacksonville Jaguars suffered their worst loss of the Gus Bradley/Dave Caldwell era with a 16-13 overtime loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Sure, they didn't get blown out and many people might think that a 3-point loss being called the worst of a regime is over the top, but they'd be wrong.
The Jaguars lost a football game to a bad roster led by a 40-year old backup quarterback.
Remember in Week 1 after the loss when I said I stopped letting football ruin my day a long time ago? Well, that was a lie because this is the most angry I've ever been about watching my team lose a football game. I am definitely mad online. There is zero excuse for the Jaguars losing this football game and it's a much worse loss than the blowout to the New England Patriots a week prior.
Once it was clear that the Colts were going to be without Andrew Luck, this should have been an easy victory for the Jaguars. I don't care who the Jaguars were missing, who was injured or what. The Colts are not a good football team without Luck and struggled to be one with him this season. The Jaguars, overall, have a better roster if Luck isn't there and should have easily one the game.
Instead, they bumbled all over the field. I thought Blake Bortles had a pretty good day overall, but in the second half the Colts adjusted what they were doing defensively and the Jaguars couldn't score. In fact, it was the tenth time the Jaguars were held scoreless in the second half since the beginning of the 2013 season. It was the 17th time they've scored less than a touchdown in the second half, as well, in the same time span.
Like, how in the hell is that even possible? In 47 percent of the games you've played, you've failed to score at least 7 points in the second half? How? I don't understand. That flies in the face of the law of averages, doesn't it? The Jaguars averaged 15.4 points per game in 2013, 15.6 in 2014 and currently sit at 15.5 points per game in 2015...
I don't know the stats for other teams in the NFL, but that seems ridiculous, no matter who you have on the field.
And I actually think Greg Olson called a good game. In fact, I haven't really had an issue with his playcalling at all, it's just the execution.
But really, the bigger point here is that the Jaguars ruined my birthday. And they did it by showing they're poorly coached. They can't get out of their own way and they struggle to adapt to anything in-game.
To me, that comes down to coaching. I patiently sat through two years of it, knowing that the real measuring stick was going to be this season and so far we've been left wanting. About mid=season last year I wasn't sure Gus Bradley was the answer for the Jaguars in the long term and through the last two weeks he's set that in stone, at least for me.
I don't want to hear about injuries. I don't want to have the process explained to me. I understand the undertaking they did when they decided to completely blow it all up and I agreed with the methodology, but in reality it appears like it's going to fail.
At least with Gus.
The team has the mentality of their head coach. They're upbeat. They're competitive. But, they also show the inability to adapt. They show the inability to overcome adversity. As soon as there's a big swing in momentum, they're done. I don't know if it's immaturity, since the offense is still so young or what, but that's what happens. There's too many coaching mistakes, lack of adjustments and changes to match what the other teams have done and too many times there are dumb mistakes made by the players.
I'm convinced Gus Bradley gets fired. It probably won't be any time soon and I'm not calling for him to be fired today, because that doesn't really change anything, but it's pretty clear hes not a good head coach.
The Jaguars have constantly tried to get better. It's time they got good, instead.