The only thing left to play for is pride.
After Sunday’s disaster in Nashville, it’s fair to wonder if there’s much of that left on the Jaguars.
In a must-win game to stay in a crowded pack for a wildcard spot, the Jaguars were as bad as they’d been all season in a 42-20 blowout to Tennessee. That loss and how it played out almost certainly sets the stage for an organizational overhaul.
“I can’t speak for all the other head coaches, but I don’t worry about it. It is what it is, and if you don’t win you will always have a chance to get fired, and if you win, still have a chance to get fired if you don’t win well enough,” said Jaguars coach Doug Marrone. “So, you just work your butt off and it’s up to other people to handle that. I just leave it up to them. What I am going put my time in (to), is how we can coach them better and how we can play better.”
It’s more likely a question on when, not if, owner Shad Khan wants to start that undertaking. The Jaguars’ performance over the past month likely warrants that changes are coming at some point. Jacksonville was crushed by Houston (26-3) and taken apart by the Colts (33-13). The one-sided loss to the Titans completed the trifecta.
The Jaguars just aren’t able to take the next step.
The defense was abysmal again, unable to control quarterback Ryan Tannehill and bruising running back Derrick Henry.
Tannehill was nearly perfect passing against the Jaguars (14 of 18, 259 yards, 2 TDs) and added a pair of rushing touchdowns. Henry, the former Yulee High School star, added another highlight to his tape against the Jaguars, ripping off a 74-yarder in the decisive third quarter. Henry had a 99-yarder last year against the Jaguars.