JACKSONVILLE – Meet the new team, same as the old team.
Unsurprisingly, if disappointingly, the Jaguars on Sunday looked as they did the previous five games. They made too many mistakes, couldn't make enough plays defensively and weren't nearly good enough offensively in a 30-16 loss to the Houston Texans at TIAA Bank Field.
Changing head coaches changed little.
In retrospect, it wasn't realistic to think it would. While there was too much off-field drama with former Head Coach Urban Meyer, and while the franchise needed to reset to restart, changing head coaches wasn't going to cure all that ails this team has in the short term.
And in reality, this looked like a very tired team Sunday.
Tired emotionally. Tired mentally. Tired from days and weeks of … stuff.
The fans undoubtedly are tired, too. Three weeks remain. Time will tell what this team makes of them. For tonight, there's a sixth consecutive loss to discuss. Let's get to it …
Jeremy from Wise, VA
Self-inflicted wounds. Penalties and dropped passes. Every week.
This indeed was the story Sunday. Again. The Jaguars haven't led in six weeks. They have trailed by double digits in all those games. Some of that is because the offense is just, plain broken. But a lot of it is dropped passes. And untimely penalties. The Jaguars might not have won if not for five drops and big special teams errors Sunday. But they might have. Interim Head Coach Darrell Bevell talked a lot afterward about the Jaguars needing to play a clean game. That would be a start.
Mike from Saint Augustine
Goodness gracious … the same movie over and over again.
This was the much-ballyhooed, oft-giddy, sometimes-pertinent First Email of the Game, and there was a lot of truth to it. The Jaguars allowed a first-drive touchdown with the assistance of a special-teams/fourth-down penalty on Adam Gotsis. That allowed the Texans to take a 7-0 lead they never relinquished. That felt really familiar. The Jaguars fought back – as they have in recent weeks – and couldn't make big plays at the end to finish the rally. So, same movie? Some of the subplots vary, but overall … yeah.
Todd from Jax
Just a statement. Officially the worst team in the NFL.
The Jaguars have lost six consecutive games and have the NFL's worst record, so … yes.
Steve from WALLINGFORD, CT
We should have never let Keenan go as wide receivers coach. I always thought our wide receivers all outperformed their draft position/contract when he was the coach. I definitely haven't felt that way with the group since he left.
Former Jaguars wide receiver and wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell always did a nice job with the receivers. Considering the state of the wide receiver position this season, I don't know that it's realistic that the group would be that much better had he stayed. But maybe. Sure.
DJ from Jax
When will the Jags as an organization start making better decisions? I'm truly embarrassed to call myself a fan of the Jags. This may be my last season giving my support and most definitely my money.
The Jaguars dismissed Meyer as head coach last week. Perhaps that will be a start to your stated desires. Time will tell, I suppose.
Christopher from St. Augustine
I'm sure I'm late to the game, but I'm a math teacher and I've never understood how penalties offset. If the other team has two penalties and we have one, why don't teams just take the difference? I'm sure it's a simple answer, but I don't get it.
As my late Uncle Otto often said, "Because them's the rules."
Austin from Jacksonville
Fire Darrell Bevell. Someone off the street, anyone else, please. I can't stand it. He should retire after this game. He makes me sick. His clueless face when they cut to him. At the very least he could have stayed upstairs.
This is an awesome day for me, a watershed moment if you will. I used to think it was always coaching in the NFL. Now I know it's also always interim coaching in the NFL.
JT from Palm Coast
At this point all I hope for is that none of our cornerstone pieces get injured and Trevor gets more game reps. Other than those things this season is seriously over. We can't even stop the Texans, John.
The Jaguars are 2-12, JT, and they have trailed by double digits in 12 of 14 games. They fired their head coach after 13 games. The season realistically has been over for a while.
Logan from Wichita
There is nothing good about this organization. There is no chance in hell they will ever improve.
This is incorrect. I can't tell you when, exactly, the Jaguars will improve. I can tell you that they indeed will improve.
Ryan from Detroit
We don't have the most penalties; we don't give up the most sacks, but we always, always shoot ourselves in the foot in the MOST inopportune times.
The Jaguars are 2-12. They're a bad team. That's what bad teams do.
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