The Jacksonville Jaguars are guaranteed another losing season, their ninth in the past 10 years.
The Jaguars (1-9) locked up their latest sub-.500 record with a 27-3 drubbing at the hands of unbeaten Pittsburgh on Sunday. It was Jacksonville’s ninth consecutive loss — fifth by double digits — and the 100th in nine seasons for owner Shad Khan.
Everyone is waiting for Khan to make the expected move of firing general manager Dave Caldwell and/or coach Doug Marrone, the first step in a much-needed overhaul that would signal a new direction after a decade of dysfunction.
A new regime would undoubtedly address the team’s quarterback situation with a draft pick that’s looking more and more like it will be No. 2 overall, behind the winless New York Jets.
So there’s hope (once again) for the Jaguars, who host Cleveland (7-3) on Sunday.
And as bad as football in Jacksonville has been in recent years, it could be worse. The Browns had a losing record 16 times in 17 years (2003-19) before breaking through this season behind quarterback Baker Mayfield.
Detroit, the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams and the Oakland Raiders endured similar pain in the past two decades before finding success. The Lions had 10 straight losing seasons (2001-10), including a winless one. The Rams did the same between 2007 and 2016. The Raiders posted a losing record 11 times in 13 years between 2003 and 2015.
Finding a quarterback played a role in each team’s turnaround.