The winner of the most disappointing team in the National Football League goes to…the Jacksonville Jaguars.
After making Derrick Henry look like the Heisman Trophy winner again with his 238 yards, and 4 tds performance in Nashville, the Jags sit at the bottom of the AFC South with a record of 4-9.
We all knew the Jags were going to have a problem scoring, but the fact that it is at the point the Jags defense gave up such production is a sign the Jags are still looking for answers and limping to the end of the season.
Changes have to come quick for a franchise that seemed to finally turn the corner of depths of the NFL last season with an elite defense, and a running game that could open up play action down the field. A formula that led them to the AFC Championship game, all they needed were the young core of players to take the next step towards consistency.
Instead, injuries and players not taking the next step in development has the 2018 season being a complete waist. One key player that was surely ready to take the next step after last season in making the offense a respectable unit was Blake Bortles.
Bortles has taken a lot heat since being drafted in 2014, from me included, but there was some optimism heading into 2018, but as the offensive line, and weapons around him got injured he never found a rhythm, leading an offense that is 30th in league, and has been benched for Cody Kessler the last two weeks.
Bortles finished the year 223-369 2572 yds, 13 tds, and 10 ints, and a 60% completion percentage.
So how does a team that looked to lack any type of competitive spirit on Thursday night try to start getting a head for next season?
According to BleacherReport.com, The Jaguars don’t plan to bring back Bortles despite the extension. Jaguar fans might have rejoiced as many feels that Bortles was holding the franchise back.
Tom Coughlin will most likely make his first impactful move as the Vice President of football operations by making a change to the quarterback position that hopefully helps the defense instead of surely depends on it, which is hard to do in the Modern NFL.
There is still work to be done on the entire team, as the fact the Jags gave up 238 yards rushing to one player is a story for another time. Being in a quarterback driven league, bringing in a capable single caller is the only step left for this team to fully utilize the defense.