Jaguars Headed for the Brink and Other Must Reads from Around the AFC South

Nate Dunlevy@NateDunlevyGuest ColumnistSeptember 17, 2012

Gabbert and the Jaguars go down in a heap.
Gabbert and the Jaguars go down in a heap.Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

It wasn't supposed to be this bad.

With camera crews from 60 Minutes shadowing Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan, the team was supposed to put up a plucky fight.

Instead, this team got plucked.

The article of the day comes from Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union, who focused on the humiliating setback on a day when the owner was being profiled for a major news show.

Jacksonville is now hovering at 0-2, and if this team can't win in Indianapolis in Week 3, it might go all the way to November without a victory.

An owner like Shad Khan isn't going to tolerate that kind of humiliation.

Gene Smith has to be sweating.

As much as this franchise doesn't want to endure another rebuild, if Smith goes, Mike Mularkey and Blaine Gabbert may find themselves in trouble as well. That's just the nature of regime change in the NFL.

The darkest timeline is set to descend in Jacksonville and only a win can stave it off.


General Interest

Scott Kacsmar of says offenses have been erratic in the NFL early on.

Keith Goldner of Drive-By Football says teams need to pass when backed up against the goal line.

J.J. Cooper of Football Outsiders has his Under Pressure piece.

Danny Tuccitto of Football Outsiders wonders how much time is necessary for a game-winning field goal.

Kevin Clark of the Wall Street Journal says TV can't keep up with no-huddle offenses.

Football Outsiders audibles its way through Week 2.

Chase Stuart of Football Perspective looks at yesterday's games.


Indianapolis Colts

Adam Schefter of and several Indianapolis Star reporters consider what would have happened if the Colts hadn't cut Peyton Manning.

Phil B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star begs for Andrew Luck to be turned loose.

Keith Goldner of Advanced NFL Stats looks at the Indy win.

Conrad Brunner of 1070 the Fan said it was a big win.


Jacksonville Jaguars

Eric Stoner of Big Cat Country looks at the Jaguars defense in depth.

Paul Kuharsky of says the Jaguars barely had the ball.

Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union says Gabbert took a step back.


Tennessee Titans

Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean calls the Titans' loss "Frustrating. Embarrassing. Disgraceful."

David Climer of The Tennessean says losing is one thing, but getting crushed is another.

John Glennon of The Tennessean say third down was ugly for the Titans.


Houston Texans

Stephanie Stradley of the talks about how important it is to blow out bad teams.

Jerome Solomon of the Houston Chronicle calls it "a routine day at the office".

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle says the offensive line took over the game.

McClain says that this is what the Texans were supposed to do.


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