When Will the Jacksonville Jaguars Make Changes?

By Liam Wirsansky on October 29, 2020

With their season in shambles and already looking ahead to the draft, the question on many Jacksonville Jaguars fans’ minds is seemingly how long owner, Shad Khan, will retain the current front office. To many, the Jaguar’s Week 7 loss followed by their Bye week was the perfect opportunity to make some change to their personnel after their sixth straight loss and (1-6) overall record. Yet a week after HC Doug Marrone’s comments regarding DC Todd Wash’s security on the team, and another poor outing by the defense in which they became only one of three teams in NFL history to have allowed 30+ points in six consecutive games in a season, there have been no significant changes of any kind to the front office or coaching staff yet.

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With the early season firings by the Atlanta Falcons of their HC Dan Quinn and GM Thomas Dimitroff, as well as the Houston Texans firing HC/GM Bill O’Brien, fans and national media pundits alike have been expecting similar actions by the Jaguar’s ownership. The 2020 season marks the 4th year HC Doug Marrone has been in charge and the 8th season that GM David Caldwell has been in his position, and with only one season with a winning record between the two of them, their departure seems nearly inevitable at this point by the NFL season’s end. While other team’s practices have been telling and even exemplary for the benefit that firing a terrible front office regime can have, it is better to look at the Jaguars’ recent history for a more accurate materialization of what lies ahead.

Take former Jaguars HC Gus Bradley for example. He has the worst winning percentage in league history for an NFL head coach, and still lasted almost an entire four seasons with the Jaguars, before being fired in Week 15, with a 2-12 record overall. GM Dave Caldwell survived the season and has somehow still hung onto his position despite a 36-76 total record since becoming the Jaguars General Manager. While he has brought in quality talent, and even led them to an AFC Championship Berth in 2017, the front office has had trouble retaining their star players and have often gotten themselves into contract issues with poor free agent signings, like QB Nick Foles. The Jaguars may have the most projected cap space next year, but have proven that many times the extra cash that they can offer is not enough to attract some of top tier free agents that other bigger markets can, especially ones with better management player relations and locker room records. The current Jaguars regime still appears to be riding high off of their unexpected run in the 2017 season, in which they were minutes away from a Super Bowl berth, as it has been the only sense of success in Jacksonville in over a decade of disastrous play. Shad Khan’s reluctance to already fire the current regime should be concerning to fans for the future of this team and the looming decision the owner will have to make come season’s end.

If Jaguars fans remember the end of an abysmal 6-10 2019 season, similar sentiments were being held towards the job security of the front office then, with many believing that it was only a matter of time before they were replaced. Fast forward to the 2020 season with several questionable offseason moves in between, and the Jacksonville Jaguars have only gotten worse from a team performative aspect. Many of the veterans that were traded away for draft capital in the upcoming 2021 draft have been performing at a high level, with Ravens DE Calais Campbell and DE Yannnick Ngakoue combining for more sacks (9) on the year than the entire Jaguars Defense (6). The team seems to be in the midst of another rebuild and with the current prospects for next year, it seems more difficult to believe that anyone will be let go from the current front office regime and even harder to imagine in the middle of this season, when the team made drastic strides to become less competitive in the present for a bolstered future during the offseason.

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With not even half of their games played, the Jacksonville Jaguars may not have a winnable game left on their schedule. The reality that many fans are facing at this point in the season is whether they should be hoping for losses rather than fluke wins that push them farther away from the first draft pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. The focus may be on mock drafts in the upcoming months and if the team will select a top QB prospect like Trevor Lawrence, but if Sunday’s game against the Chargers proved anything the Jaguars  have some exciting players to watch this season, like rookies James Robinson and Leviska Shenault Jr., who continue to impress on a weekly basis.

Liam Wirsansky is a Senior at Florida State University, pursuing a double major in Theatre and Information, Communication, and Technology (ICT). He serves as the President and Artistic Director of White Mouse Theatre Productions at FSU and is also the playwright of the plays, Moonchildren and Finding a New Year.

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