JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars lost Sunday and General Manager David Caldwell was dismissed.
Because the latter news has been long awaited by many observers and fans, and because many observers and fans long ago stopped paying close attention to games aside from what the outcome means for draft position, the details of the loss might go overlooked.
That would be too bad, because there was a plenty to create hope for in a 27-25 loss to the Cleveland Browns at TIAA Bank Field Sunday.
The Jaguars again overcame adversity on Sunday. They were without defensive coordinator Todd Wash and two other defensive coaches because of COVID-19 protocols. They were without starting wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. And defensive end Josh Allen. And offensive guard Andrew Norwell.
They also were without four of their top five cornerbacks – including starters Sidney Jones IV and CJ Henderson – in addition to being without safety Daniel Thomas.
They played with their third starting quarterback in five weeks – journeyman Mike Glennon – yet, had a chance to tie a playoff contending team in the final three minutes.
We'll discuss Caldwell's firing and what's next in the front office in this O-Zone Late Night. And in Monday's O-Zone. But for a moment it was fair to recognize a strong effort for an overmatched team. It was very nearly a significant upset.
That's not enough, but it was worth noting.
Let's get to it …
Royce from Jacksonville
This was among the early emails after Jaguars Owner Shad Khan announced Caldwell's dismissal following Sunday's loss. We'll go heavy into the Caldwell move in the days ahead. Suffice to say the move felt inevitable at 1-10 and the timing felt right because it gives Khan a chance to search for a general manager in December – and presumably to hire from a larger pool than had he waited until January.
Paulie from Duval
It seemed certain to happen, and is definitely the best move, but after the news hits it's always kind of sad. I wish it had worked out for Dave. Shine on you crazy diamond.
Scott from Daytona Beach
So, you think we'll win at least one game this year? Not looking good.
I do think the Jaguars will win at least one game this season. In fact, I guarantee it.
Gary from St. Augustine, FL
Go for two up two in the third quarter? Dumb. Dumb. Dumb.
You're referencing Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone's decision to go for two following a third-quarter touchdown that gave the Jaguars a 19-17 lead Sunday. The Jaguars converted a kick to make it 20-17, but Browns defensive end Olivier Vernon was called for a penalty. That gave Marrone the option of going for two from the one-yard line instead of the two-yard line. He said it's his philosophy to go for two in that situation. A lot of people disagreed with it. But that's his philosophy, and you know what? You're 1-9. If you're going to go down, go down doing what you believe is right.
Jaginator from (formerly of Section 124)
I guess someone forgot to tell Shad Khan that Tom Coughlin was the Executive VP of Football Operations from 2017-19.
No, he knew.
Clayton from Gambier, OH
Mike Glennon had plenty of experience when the team signed him in September. Should he have started earlier?
The Jaguars signed Glennon as an unrestricted free agent in March. He looked good as the starting quarterback Sunday but remember: This was Glennon's first start for the Jaguars – and his first start in three years. Gardner Minshew II looked good in his first start this season. So did Jake Luton. A lot of quarterbacks look good for a game or two and then don't look as good once defensive coordinators get an idea how to defend them. Let's let Glennon start another game or two before determining if he should have been starting since September.
Pat from Duval
Mike Glennon was great today. If we had wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. would we win this game?
Gregg from Jacksonville
Not looking good already … the flyover helicopter had Browns colors.
This was the much-ballyhooed, eagerly anticipated, sometimes-awesome First Email of the Game, and hey: Give Gregg credit. He took a swing. He seized his day. Sometimes you reach and it doesn't reach back. I get it. I've been there.
Jerell from Columbia, SC
FINALLY!!!!!!!!!! WHOS NEXT!!!? DONT STOP THERE KHAN! I know you don't like holding people accountable but it's a must.
This was the first Email I received after the Jaguars announced Caldwell's dismissal. Jerell was on his game Sunday, I suppose.
Chiana from Jacksonville
Should we get a new coaching staff, they should try keeping our Special Team Coach. That unit looks like one of the best this season, outside of having to use roughly 45 kickers.
Jaguars special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis long has been one of the NFL's best at his position. That hasn't changed this season.
Logan from Wichita, KS
Where do I send my resume?