JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Despite Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles playing for the first time since he suffered a broken collarbone in the season opener, Sunday marked another disappointing loss for the team.
The team brought back the former Super Bowl MVP in hopes of reviving a so-so season, but all hope was gone by halftime, as the Indianapolis Colts easily handled the Jaguars on their home turf. After the Jaguars’ 33-13 loss to the Colts dropped Jacksonville’s record to 4-6, fans who are getting tired of losing have started to ask for changes in the organization.
Jaguars fans in Jacksonville Beach told News4Jax on Sunday evening that they had been hopeful with Foles back in the mix, the team would be coming back with a win. But now, they said, they’re just disappointed.
“I was really excited for Foles to come back and I thought we would see a lot better than what we did,” Jaguars fan Jimmy Kitchens said. “But I am not giving up -- maybe one more game. If we have the same results next week, then it might be time to look back to (Gardner) Minshew.”
Jaguars fan Altoria White wished head coach Doug Marrone would have stuck with Minshew, the rookie who filled in at quarterback while Foles was out with the injury.
“I think they should have kept Gardner in. Nick did OK at the beginning, but then you see the final score,” White said. “I am a Jaguars fan either way, though.”
Marrone has said he is planning on sticking with Foles for the rest of the season. When asked about changing gears midseason and benching Minshew for Foles, News4Jax sports analyst Mark Brunell said that while Foles didn’t have the best game, he hasn’t lost faith in him. Brunell added that Foles, historically, has been known as a quarterback who plays best toward the end of the season.
While some fans are staying hopeful, others feel the coaching staff and many higher-ups should be let go. Brunell is saying not so fast, but several members of the sports media say fans have a reason to want change. Local call-in shows are finding there is a lot of outrage among part of the fan base.
“This defense has been overrated all year. This defense continues to be overrated. They are bad. They are a bad NFL defense,” 1010 XL radio host Ryan “The Hacker” Green said Monday.
A furied response lit up the microphones and phone lines at 1010 XL all day long. News4Jax on Monday stopped by a broadcast of XL Primetime, where former Jaguar and 1010 XL radio host Leon Searcy said he has been hearing from fans demanding change.
“Of course they’re unhappy. Fans have been sold a bag of goods 11 out of the last 12 years and I think fans deserve better than the product we saw on Sunday,” Searcy said.
The question is: Where do the changes need to happen? Searcy said Sunday’s game against the Colts is the type of game that gets a coach fired.
“It’s not that you lost. It’s how you lost. You got your butt kicked,” said Brunell, who doesn’t think the Jaguars are to that point yet.
Brunell pointed out that while the Jaguars are almost eliminated from playoff contention, the team is not totally out of the running.
“It’s too early really to start thinking about the front office, is Doug Marrone going to keep his job and who’s the quarterback next year,” Brunell said. “Too soon for me.”
Next week, the Jaguars are back on the road to face the Tennessee Titans.