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An 0-4 Start Should Cost Gus Bradley His Job

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“Playoffs? Ya kiddin’ me? Playoffs? I just hope we can win a game.”

Famous for such a quote was former Indianapolis Colts head coach Jim Mora Sr. as his team committed five turnovers to give away a game to the San Francisco 49ers in a 2001 loss.

Right now, that mentality is inside the minds of Jacksonville Jaguars fans and optimists as quarterback Blake Bortles committed three to give away a game to the now 3-0 Baltimore Ravens. Barring Baltimore and Green Bay having losing records at season’s end, Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley is now facing an 0-22 record against winning teams and his third 0-4 start in four seasons.

Let us not kid ourselves as such records could make anyone a failure. However, to have regarded the Jaguars as a playoff contender was a failure in epic proportions compared to anything on Bradley’s resume as the Jags never showed signs of taking any significant leaps in the previous three seasons.

They went from 4 to 3 to 5 wins and had been 6-12 against the AFC South, a division whose teams combined for the NFL’s worst divisional winning percentage of .391 in 2015. To add insult to injury, as a memento for their third and final win in December 2014, they chanted “we believe in victory” after facing its ferocious rival, the 2-14 Tennessee Titans.

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Photo by The Washington Times

They may have acquired talented players like Malik Jackson and gained recovered and new high-quality draft picks like Dante Fowler, Jalen Ramsey, and Myles Jack. Nonetheless, it is not as if they had a great coordinator to set them up for any defensive success. Predecessor Bob Babich was fired after 2015 for guiding the unit to be at the league’s low end after not learning from his past mistakes with the Chicago Bears. To replace him, the Jaguars internally promoted defensive line coach Todd Wash. Without looking at his last name, you could tell that this hire was pretty much a wash as the pupil of the failed predecessor became the unproven and, eventually, underachieving successor.

Sure, the offense may have been better than the defense, but it was not good enough to save the defense from itself. The offensive line did not exactly upgrade with positional coach Doug Marrone retained and failed draft pick Luke Joeckel staying at left tackle. Plus, despite Bortles not having a lopsided touchdown-to-interception ratio in comparison to his first year, his sacks (106.0) and interception totals (35) remained at high rates after his first 30 games. Now, he has worsened with poor footwork and is set to lead the NFL in interceptions with a projected thirty-two at the end of the year.

But the fun does not stop there. The Allen brothers, Robinson and Hurns, have just two touchdowns between them, both scored by Robinson, and the running game is averaging a miserable 2.8 yards per carry. And they claimed they upgraded at running back by adding oft-injured Chris Ivory?

When a team is last and 14th in scoring points in its first two and third seasons respectively, and in the bottom-five in allowing points during that same timeframe, the only jump that they are ready for is one off a cliff. Most damning of all, as they have been 4-21 on the road, and every team has to outscore and prevent scoring from the opponent, the Jaguars have clearly not done either well enough to be competitive anywhere.

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Photo by Jacksonville.com

Based on what preceded and enabled the 0-3 start, it would not surprise me if Bradley failed to take responsibility for any of his mistakes and thus collaborated with general manager Dave Caldwell to use free agency to bail himself out. With incompetent people like Babich, Wash, Marrone, and Jedd Fisch leading and a pool of players that was sparse or disappointing in talent, both administrators may have constructed a pile of junk as an attempt to make their jobs less difficult.

As a result, things have become more difficult as Andrew Luck and the Colts are coming to town and history does not sit well on the Jaguars’ side. Only three 0-3 teams have made the playoffs since 1990, and if the Colts defeat them, being 0-4 will not only make it harder to enter the postseason but keep Bradley long-term.

The Jaguars have averaged 3.5 victories after every start that is 0-3 or worse since Bradley’s arrival. With coaching staff stagnations, changes, and poorness, and roster turnover not making things better, Bradley has run out of chances.

There is no point in keeping a guy that has failed as a schemer and leader and averaged four wins in his first three seasons but none with greater expectations in 2016. At the end of the day, a leader’s guidance, ideas, and changes have to impact the franchise, and, in Bradley’s 52 games, going from 2 wins under Mike Mularkey in 2012 to an average of 4 from 2013 to 2015 has not.

With the bye week taking place in less than two weeks from now, an in-season firing of Bradley could get the Jaguars their first win versus the Bears in Week 6. If they capitalize on it and turn around their season, the change will be proven fruitful and cost-efficient as Bradley has only one more year of pay after 2016.

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Breaking: Foles Signs with new NFL Team

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Even though NFL free agency isn’t until Wednesday, the NFL’s first day of Negotiation period is moving at a rapid pace.

With that said, the Jacksonville Jaguars have signed the tallented backup quarterback Nick Foles. The deal that Foles signed is for 4-years $88 million. He can also earn up to $102 million.

Foles was drafted in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles where he did play and start for the Eagles for three seasons. In 2015, he was traded to the St. Louis Rams and then the following season in 2016 signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.

In 2017, Foles returned where his NFL career started and helped the Eagles win their first Super Bowl in Franchise history when he filled in for Carson Wintz.

Now, heading into 2019, he is expected to replace Black Bortles as the starting quarterback in Jacksonville.

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NFL Week 8: Eagles-Jaguars Preview

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NFL Week 8: Eagles-Jaguars Preview

Its week 8 in the NFL and the Eagles and Jaguars are going to kickoff Sunday across the pond. For the Philadelphia Eagles, this is their first time in the United Kingdom. As for the Jacksonville Jaguars, they are in London for the sixth time since the NFL started the London series back in 2007.

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For Carson Wintz and the Philadelphia Eagles, the today’s game is a must win if they want to keep pace against the Washington Redskins in the NFC East. Last week, the Eagles were defeated by Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers by a score of 21-17.

Here is a list of who is and who’s not playing in today’s game in London.

Offense

  • OT Matt Pryor
  • OT Jordan Mailata
  • RB Darren Sproles
  • QB Nate Sudfeld

Defense

  • LB Nate Gerry
  • DB Corey Graham
  • CB Sidney Jones
  • DT Haloti Nagata (Active)


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Jacksonville Jaguars

For the “home team” Jacksonville, the Jaguars are playing in their sixth straight game in London. Their first game was back in 2013. As for the 2018 Jacksonville Jaguars team, they are entering today’s game with a 3-game losing streak.

Here are players who will not be playing in today’s game in London.

Offense

RB Leonard Fournette

TE James O’Shaughnessy

Defense

  • DT Eli Ankou
  • CB A.J. Bouye
  • DB D.J. Hayden
  • DE Dawuane Smoot
  • DB Tyler Patmon

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Will the Jacksonville Jaguars Move to London?

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Will the Jacksonville Jaguars Move to London?

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Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts carries Britain’s Union Jack as he enters the field before the Jaguars met the San Francisco 49ers during their NFL football game at Wembley Stadium in London, October 27, 2013. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Next week the Jacksonville Jaguars will take on the Super Bowl champions Philadelphia Eagles. The Game will be on at 9:30 am ET/ 8:30 am CT here in the United States, and in the United Kingdom, that would be 1:30 PM ET/ 12:30 PM CT on CBS.

On the heels of the first of three games, this season a report was released about the owner of the Jaguars wants to have a practice facility in London for the team to Practice.

Once the facility is built, the team is requesting to have three home games in London and three games in Jacksonville, Nothing is set in stone but word is that it will happen in the near feature.

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