JACKSONVILLE – Let's get to it …
Gary from St. Augustine, FL
John, this was terrible. This has to be as bad as it ever has been – and it has been bad. Tell me it can't get worse. (Please?)
I received multiple emails following a 20-0 loss to the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn., Sunday suggesting this was a low point in Jaguars history – or that this is rock-bottom for a franchise that has struggled to an astonishing extent much of the last decade. I don't know that Sunday was "rock bottom" because the Jaguars' defense played respectably much of the game and a 20-point loss overall isn't historically bad stuff. But if you're asking about the last four or five weeks … then yeah … overall that period has to be considered among the worst stretches in franchise history. The Jaguars haven't led in any of the last five games. They have trailed by double digits in the first half of all five games, which means they're getting rolled out of contention remarkably quickly. They have produced 218 yards or fewer in four of the last seven games. They haven't scored a touchdown with – or to take –the lead since October 17. They rushed for eight yards Sunday, a franchise-record low. It's staggering statistical stuff. I suppose it could get worse offensively. It's hard to imagine.
Jeff from Atlantic Beach, FL
The head coach can't be the biggest distraction on a team.
I made every effort to keep this topic to a minimum in this O-Zone. In-season Mondays are best reserved for discussing the previous day's game, but in this case the questions around Head Coach Urban Meyer were prevalent enough to deserve a response. Yes, Meyer has been too much of a media topic for too many wrong reasons lately, with multiple incidents reported by NFL.com's Tom Pelissero Saturday. Meyer referred to at least part of the report as "nonsense" in his post-game press conference Sunday, and more on the issue can be found here. No one looking at the situation remotely objectively would say such reports are positive. It's difficult to discern how much influence the "bad looks" have had on-field results. I don't know that it's reasonable to think the Jaguars would be in the playoff chase without the off-field stuff and distractions. Has the "stuff" cost the Jaguars a victory or two? Who knows? But it certainly has been too much and unnecessary. Not certain what else to say.
WJBIII from Yulee, FL
What are the chances that the Jags will have the No. 1 overall pick again?
The Detroit Lions currently have the worst record in the NFL at 1-11-1 and the Jaguars are 2-11. The Lions over the last month have been mostly competitive. The Jaguars have lost five consecutive games and haven't led in any of them. I would say the Jaguars' chances of selecting No. 1 overall in the 2022 NFL Draft are … well, this.
Taylor from Columbia, MD
While I can't stand what Urban Meyer has done so far and find it hilariously unprofessional what he said to coaches in those meetings …when he called them losers, he was not wrong.
Meyer said he didn't call his assistants losers. And if he did … yes, he was wrong.
Louie from Texas
O-man, it's almost unbearable to watch. I've been a diehard jags fan for far too long. I miss the days of Mark Brunell, Keenan McCardell, Fred Taylor, Marcus Stroud, John Henderson, Donovin Darius ... etc. There is no identity for this team. Now, don't get me wrong, I know this team has deficiencies everywhere, but as a head coach you have to make it known what your identity is. I could care less if we were a run-heavy team and got blown out every game, but when I see the Jags play, I have no clue what the offense is trying to do. Rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence is digressing, there's no downfield playmaking ability, and the run game is nonexistent. I know you sarcastically say, "It's always coaching in the NFL," but this is ridiculous. A good coach can make a poorly built roster into a decent team. That's their job as a coach. At what point will you ever accept that this coaching regime is failing miserably? With the "noise" surrounding Urban Meyer, this has to be his only season as a head coach. At some point, Jaguars Owner Shad Khan has to be held responsible for the poor hiring decisions as well. There is no continuity with the Jags (other than picking early in the draft). Sincerely, a Jags fan looking for a new favorite team.
I get way too many emails like this. I don't post them all. It's not that I don't empathize. It's not that there's not some accuracy in them. There's just not much to say.
Bill from Hawthorn Woods, IL
O … we watch for recreation and enjoyment. This is neither. I'm actually too embarrassed to admit in groups I'm a Jags fan at this point. I claim the Bears in public given my geography because it's safe and (amazingly) they are less bad. For the first time since 1995, I'm done watching. I'll check in next year if there is some sign this will get better. I can't allow myself to waste the hours on a Sunday afternoon anymore. This organization isn't worthy and I must protect my own dignity. See you in 2022. Maybe.
I get way too many emails like this. I don't post them all. It's not that I don't empathize. It's not that there's not a lot of accuracy in them. There's just not much to say.
Dan from Eureka, MT
John, you have stated several times that you haven't seen or heard anything to indicate that Urban Meyer won't be the head coach of the Jaguars next year. If he was facing pink slip after the season, what do you think you would see differently that would indicate that? Given the historic dysfunction within the franchise, it's fair to assume ownership is seriously considering a regime change.
Don't assume that. I fully expect Meyer to be the head coach of the Jaguars through this season and entering the 2022 season. What would I see or hear differently if he was facing "a pink slip?" That there was a chance he wouldn't be back, I guess. I don't see or hear that.
Chuck from Jax
O, I know you keep saying Meyer will probably be the head coach next year, but when your team is 2-11 and your head coach is making more negative headlines than your team, something has to give. It has to be time for Khan to realize his man crush on Meyer was a mistake and cut him loose before he screws up the team even further. What say you?
I say what I just said.
Quan from Earth
The 2021 Jaguars are officially a bigger disappointment than the 2020 Jaguars. OyVey!
This seems to be tainted a little by recency bias, because there were some pretty dark times in 2020. But it's a legitimate conversation and that wasn't supposed to be the case.
_Zack from Pisgah, AL _
This team is absolutely horrific. I try not to be a victim of the moment, but has it ever been THIS bad?
This was bad. From this writer's eye, it was the worst game of the season for the offense. How could it not be? Four interceptions, eight rushing yards, the first shutout in 12 years. Saying it's the worst moment in franchise history isn't fair to a defense that played well for the most part.
Jake from Cary, NC
Who wins a game between last year's Jags team and this year's team? It feels like a tossup.
Yes, it does.
Yoav from Saint Johns, FL
There are no more "winnable" games this season.
This isn't true. The Jaguars can win games the rest of the season. They can win next week against the Houston Texans and they can win against the New York Jets. They must play muuuuuuuuch better than they did Sunday, but they can win.
Andrew from Summerville, SC
This is simply not a competitive team, and I don't see how they can win another game this year without a major improvement.
The Jaguars won't win another game this season without major improvement.
Nancy from Negative
If the Jaguars continue to improve like this every week there is no telling how many weeks in a row they can be shutout. Truly impressive. Hats off to Urban the winner.
That's not nice.
Jim from Callahan, FL
Watching Meyer walk off the field after the game ... looked like he's totally dejected ... done.
I understand the constant criticism of Meyer these days. The Jaguars are 2-11 and struggling to an epic degree – and there are too many off-field reports. But to criticize how he walks off the field … I mean, is he supposed to do cartwheels after a shutout loss?
CT from Section 235
I hate everything and everybody associated with this team, including you.