1. The Jaguars were a popular “breakout” or “surprise” team this season, but have gotten off to a disappointing 1-3 start. Why have they struggled? Can they turn it around after their bye and make a push for the playoffs?
There’s plenty of blame to go around for the Jaguars’ rocky start, but I would lump a large portion of it on two folks – head coach Gus Bradley and quarterback Blake Bortles. Bradley now boasts the worst record of any head coach in the modern era (13-39) and he no longer has the same excuses he had over his first 2 years. The talent is there in Jacksonville to compete, so total meltdowns like what happened to the Jaguars in San Diego in week 2 are inexcusable. It’s become quite clear Bradley just isn’t a very good head coach, putting the Jaguars at a weekly disadvantage.
Bortles hasn’t helped matters with his play over the first 4 games either. If he was playing at a higher level, the Jaguars would likely be 3-1 as opposed to 1-3. Bortles had a chance to win the game at the end against the Green Bay Packers and he had numerous chances to put the Baltimore Ravens away in week 3. He’s struggled and it’s hurt the Jaguars so far.