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O-Zone Late Night: Colts 28, Jaguars 14

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Jacksonville Jaguars against the Indianapolis Colts during an NFL football game, Sun., Jan. 3, 2021 in Indianapolis.

The Jaguars' 2020 season ended Sunday. 

Some would say the ending was merciful, considering the 2020 season that ended with a 28-14 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis Sunday ended with a franchise-record 15-game losing streak. And those would say that? 

Well, they might be right.

The 2020 season without question will be remembered decidedly and understandably un-fondly by Jaguars fans. Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell was dismissed in late November and reports are widespread that Head Coach Doug Marrone likely will not return for the 2021 season. 

The story around the Jaguars appears now to be about change. Such are the ramifications of 1-15.

So it is that this O-Zone Late Night will be about the immediate future as much as Sunday's loss, a loss that wasn't surprising and seemed a fitting end to as difficult a season as the Jaguars ever have endured. It's over now. The future is upon us.

Let's get to it …

Alan from Jacksonville

Hey Zone, do me a favor and don't tell Trevor Lawrence I was hoping Clemson would lose to prevent him from getting injured. On another subject, why are the Jags hunting for a head coach before securing a general manager? Doesn't it make the job less attractive if they can't hire their guy?

I won't tell him. On your "other subject," reports are that the Jaguars may hire a head coach before a general manager – with widespread reports late Saturday that the head coach could be former Florida and Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer. If Meyer indeed is the selection, it appears the general manager indeed likely would be hired after the head coach. This would be different than the Jaguars' last general-manager/coaching hire – David Caldwell/Gus Bradley in 2013. Caldwell that season was hired first as general manager with Caldwell then running the head-coach search and hiring Bradley. But there's nothing that says you can't hire the head coach first – or that the general manager must be "over" the head coach in terms of organizational structure. In this case, it sounds as if the head coach would have final say and essentially be the voice/face of the football side of the organization. That can work. It was essentially how Tom Coughlin ran it in the early days of the franchise. That worked. And what was happening for the last seven or eight seasons for the most part didn't work. So why not?

Jakob from Hawthorne

Why was week 17 so different than week 1?

Injuries. There were other factors, but as for the difference between the Jaguars beating Colts in Week 1 and having little chance in Week 17? Start with injuries.

The Other Michael from Middleburg, FL

I have never been happier to see a Jaguars season end.

Fair.

Unhipcat from Carlsbad, CA

So, started out the year wearing my Bortles No. 5 jersey but that didn't go so well so stopped wearing it and that didn't go too well either. So, decided to wear it today to see if that was the missing magic but forgot and Colts just scored so just put it on and have a cold space dust in hand so here we go, let's see what happens.

This was the much-ballyhooed, wildly anticipated, sometimes-disappointing First Email of the Game. Credit Unhipcat for the old "College Try." It didn't work. No surprise. It was that sort of season for the much-ballyhooed, wildly anticipated, sometimes-disappointing First Email of the Game. And pretty much everything else.

Logan from Wichita, KS

I was clearly wrong. One quarterback can easily make this Jaguars roster a playoff team. Look at how talented this roster is at every spot. No one can score on us with this defense. It is stout! I am glad to finally see how wrong I was. Question: What is the record for most losses in a row? How is it even remotely possible the Jaguars don't SHATTER that record?

Logan remains "all in."

The other Ryan from Denver

One fer the Jags, played their heart out today looking forward to next season. Couldn't ask more of a team that was fighting for their jobs.

The Jaguars showed heart all season. They never quit, and played their best football coming out of a Week 8 bye after the season was long since lost. They played hard again Sunday, and their near-rally from a 20-0 first-half deficit was remarkable. It wasn't enough. Fight and guts aren't enough in professional football. But they did have it. Never doubt that.

Nelson from Jacksonville

At least we don't have to watch Glennon anymore reckon.

Probably not.

Geno from Wenden, Germany

So, John. It's so ridiculous to claim Mike Glennon is the better player to win games when you're just handoffs to the running back. Didn't they say he was the one for the deep passes? I don't see any flying. Then Gardner Minshew II can play, too. Black Monday is coming up. Hopefully the head coach and all the head coordinators will be replaced.

I expect major change this week. I don't expect to look back on the 2020 Jaguars season and think, "Wow, the coaches really mishandled the quarterback position and left a great option on the bench" at any point in the season.

Nelson from Jacksonville

Thank God it's over.

Fair.

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