Well, Sunday’s game was something. Unfortunately, it was something with which Jacksonville Jaguars’ fans have become all too familiar — being embarrassed by their NFL Team.
The week leading up to the butt-whooping in San Diego, however, was filled with sentiment like, “We should win!” as opposed to the typical, “We could win.” In a game most felt like the Jaguars should have won, they got off the plane and promptly went down 35-0.
It was awful.
In a vacuum, it was awful. Not in a vacuum, it was awful. Now, I am not here to bash Gus Bradley - there will be (and is) plenty of that going around, and deservedly so. Although Sunday’s loss was just one game, Gus Bradley is now 12-38 as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
BUT, it was just one game in the 2016 season. It was a West Coast game against a quarterback who has historically decimated the Jaguars defense. And Phillip Rivers did it again. Maybe he just has the Jaguars’ number.
Two weeks ago, the Jaguars looked good against the Packers. So good, in fact, people noticed. So, if you are scoring the 2016 season at home: we have one good game, and we have one awful game.
Yes, I know the Packers have since shown they may have been somewhat of a paper tiger in week one, but the Jaguars performance still gave everyone hope that this year was different. Then week two happened, and the fragile bubble of optimism burst into flames.
There are 14 more games to be played.
As the Jaguars sit, they are 0-2. Two 0-2 teams made the playoffs last year: Houston and Seattle. It can be done. The question is whether the Jaguars have the team (and coaching staff) to do it.
While the Gus Bradley sample size is big (12-38), the sample size for the 2016 Jaguars is small. It remains to be seen whether the 2016 Jaguars are talented enough to overcome this 0-2 start. Many believe they already know the answer, but there are still 14 more games to be played.
This is really the first year under Gus Bradley where the Jaguars had any kind of expectations of success. Some of the sting from Sunday’s game is attributable to that. But, this is also first year under Gus Bradley where the Jaguars have expectations of success!
Maybe there is a learning curve for fans, as well. Falling to 0-2, with the way the Jaguars did so on Sunday, was frustrating, disheartening, sad, pathetic, etc... But that does not mean the expectations go completely out of the window. There are still 14 games yet to be played.
As I sit here and rack my brain, it becomes clear there are not really any positives to take out of the loss in San Diego (Telvin Smith is about as close as I get). The only way to move on from this game is to look into the Neuralyzer, and forget it ever happened.
From top-to-bottom of the organization, the urgency to win is becoming palpable. The Jaguars are 0-2 with 14 games to play. If they want to have a chance to salvage the season, and the Gus Bradley culture the players and staff all claim to love so much, they better start winning. Period.
The good news is that they have 14 more opportunities to do so.