Jaguars lock up another losing season, their 9th in 10 years

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson (18) can't make the catch as Jacksonville Jaguars safety Daniel Thomas (20) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

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.