Let’s answer some questions after another embarrassing Jacksonville Jaguars loss... this time to the Los Angeles Chargers!
Josh from St. George, GA
Q: Can we please fire the coaching staff to put us out of our misery? Gardner Minshew never had a chance!
A: I disagree. I think Gardner Minshew had plenty of chances, but he just wasn’t very good yesterday. That’s not to say anyone else was on offense. And the defense... phew. But he looked at least functional and that’s more than I can say about Nick Foles. Both of these quarterbacks were set up to fail with the poor roster around them — rosters that would be challenging for even very good quarterbacks to succeed with. With a new front office and coaching staff, as well as a revamped offensive line and another true outside receiver, it will be very interesting to see how Minshew plays in 2020.
Travis from Clyde, OH
Q: With as bad as this team has been this year, both offensively and defensively, what are our major problems besides the line? What do we need to do to make some quick fixes? I’m tired of losing in blowouts.
A: Unfortunately, there are no quick fixes. The roster is very bad and there are only a handful of young players I’d say are very good — Leonard Fournette, DJ Chark, Josh Allen, and Yannick Ngakoue. That’s it for the young core that you can roll with. The rest are either mediocre or wouldn’t even make another NFL roster. As you said, we need help on both the offensive and defensive lines, but we also need immediate help at linebacker, wide receiver, and tight end. We could use depth at quarterback, running back, safety, and cornerback. There’s not a single position group I’m confident in right now.
Isabella from Jacksonville, FL
Q: What the f*ck happened???
A: Shad Khan happened. He’s the one at fault. He hired Tom Coughlin. He created a new front office structure. He gave this front office another chance after last season. We can point to Dave Caldwell’s bad drafts or Doug Marrone’s inability to lead this team or Todd Wash’s ineptitude at calling a defense... but Khan is 100 percent to blame for keeping Coughlin in his position of power long enough to commit roster malpractice on this franchise.
Nicholas from Rockville, MD
Q: Do we have a chance to win another game this year?
A: Yes, but it’s likely they lose out to end the season.
James from Jacksonville, FL
Q: Can you please tell me a single positive from this game to keep the hope alive?
A: Gardner Minshew is at the very least functional within a chaotic, talent-lacking offense.
Josh from Dayton, OH
Q: This has to be the straw that breaks Shad Khan’s back, right? Something has to change!
A: You’d think so, but no one’s been fired yet. And Doug Marrone is still scheduled to host his weekly Monday conference call with the media.
Keith from Jacksonville, FL
Q: When was the last time this team lost six in a row by 17 or more points? You know it will happen in Oakland.
A: It’s literally never happened. The only thing that comes close is when the Jaguars the first eight games of the 2013 season by double digits. If we lose out to end the season (which I think we do) it will likely be the worst eight game stretch in franchise history in terms of production and point differential.
Buddy from Jacksonville, FL
Q: Who is the blame for this bust this season?
A: Shad Khan.
Dan from Los Angeles, CA
Q: After the game yesterday, many people now want a quarterback drafted. Wouldn’t it be better if we prioritized offensive line and some defensive players?
A: The only quarterback I could see sliding to the end of the first round, which is where I’d pick a quarterback, is Tua Tagovailoa. If he’s there at No. 20 overall (which is where the Los Angeles Rams’ pick probably ends up) I’d go get him. That gives you time to see what you’ve got with Gardner Minshew with also building around him with the higher pick you have in the first round. Minshew hasn’t played well enough to dissuade me from picking a quarterback in the first round, but he has played well enough to warrant some playing time in 2020.
Shaun from Baton Rouge, LA
Q: I’ve been here since the very beginning. Please give me a reason why I should keep optimism for this franchise?
A: As long as Tom Coughlin is running the show, I don’t think there is a reason for optimism.