Coming into the 2012 season, the Jacksonville Jaguars were riding feelings of hope and elation with the hiring of Mike Mularkey, the firing of Jack Del Rio, and new owner Shahid Khan. Even with Maurice Jones-Drew's ridiculous holdout, the fans of the Jaguars were thinking that improvement was well on its way.
To quote Lee Corso, not so fast, Jacksonville.
The Jaguars are now 1-8 with no hope whatsoever in sight for winning another game this season. QB Blaine Gabbert, while arguably somewhat improved from his rookie year, continues to struggle with a less than stellar offensive line and limited running game. WRs Cecil Shorts III, Laurent Robinson, and rookie Justin Blackmon have shown signs of life at times, but the offense's overall performance is pitiful.
Some may argue that it's Mularkey's first season as head coach, but he arrived with his fair share of doubters from the start. During half time of the Jaguars-Colts Thursday night game on November 8, 2012, he remarked that this was the worst offense he has ever seen.
The defense shows signs at times, but overall they struggle from lack of talent and too much time on the field. Defensive Coordinator Mel Tucker must sleep very little these days; his unit is simply overmatched and outplayed week in and week out.
Owner Shahid Khan, when he spoke at his first press conference, stated quite clearly that he wanted to build a winner, and he would do whatever it takes to make the Jacksonville Jaguars a successful organization.
He has his work cut out for him.
What does Mr. Khan need to do? Recently, he stated that he was not into knee-jerk reactions, and he would evaluate the team's needs now and when the season concluded. Clearly this team is not going to the playoffs this season, so the time for making decisions will soon approach.
Let's take a look at what could and/or should be done.