Is it possible that Tom Coughlin is chuckling a little bit right now?
The Jacksonville Jaguars really have not been able to enjoy continued success since the first head coach of the team took the expansion franchise to conference titles in 1996 and 1999.
Since then, it has been lean: a few winning seasons, a lot of turnovers and injuries that have devastated the team over the years.
But when you look at this team, it is the same old song and dance.
Nothing has changed. Nothing has made a difference. Nothing has made the fans and the NFL brass think this is a team that can rise to the top of the AFC ladder.
And the fans and local media seem to be resigned to the fact that this is a losing franchise.
Forget being lovable losers because they have not been afforded the same considerations as the Cleveland Browns or the Chicago Cubs.
This is a team in need of a crash cart; the offense has no pulse and the defense suffers from anemia because it seems it cannot tackle anyone.
This is not a problem that can be fixed with a few Band-Aids and some Tylenol. There needs to be major reconstructive surgery.
The quarterback needs to be able to throw the ball at will, the running game should be able to burst through the line at any time and the offensive line should be able to block any pass-rusher trying to take a swipe at the maligned, Blaine Gabbert.
Oh, by the way, I wrote in the preseason that Blaine Gabbert had the chance to be the most improved player in the NFL. I am rescinding that statement. It’s not going to happen.
Jacksonville's owner, Shad Khan. has some of the deepest pockets in the NFL and needs to put his own stamp on the team. While he relies on the likes of the general manager, Gene Smith, for guidance and finding the right players and coaches, he also needs to make his own mark.
Before former team owner Wayne Weaver sold the team to Khan, he signed Smith to a three-year contract extension.
Khan needs to bring in his own man. He needs to see if Mike Mularkey is truly the answer as head coach. He also needs to realize that signing high-priced players who are not completely clean as a whistle may be the way to go in finding a winning formula.
This isn’t something Khan can just think of, it is something he “must” do.
There are only a handful of players on this team that are worthy of being “retained” to start the rebuilding process again. Maybe Khan needs to rid the team of everyone (Maurice Jones-Drew included) and start over, as if this team was an expansion franchise.
The stats of the NFL show that passers like Brandon Weeden, Andrew Luck, Christian Ponder, Robert Griffin III and others are better than Blaine Gabbert. The losses and the lack of production have to stop.
Let’s see what a rich owner who wants to make a splash can do in securing a pass-rusher or two. Let’s see if a quarterback like Kyle Orton or maybe Tim Tebow (yes, I said it) can be more effective. Let’s see if finding a guard and tackle could help to open holes on the opponent's offensive line. Let’s just see if this team can finally get a few more wins and gain some respect.
Right about now, this is all the fans, the team, ownership and the NFL can hope for.
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