Shad Khan: Jaguars won’t make coaching change

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We can question the team’s decision to pass on fourth-and-1 with the game on the line, though it would be unfair to boil a game down to just one decision. It would also be unfair to criticize Andrew Luck for not scrambling, which is what we’ve been asking him to do for the last three years. Something in Indianapolis’ offense is fundamentally, irreversibly broken. The offensive line — the source of so many disagreements between management who feel the talent is there but not coached, and the coaches who feel like the talent is coached but not talent(ed) — is not allowing for any sort of rhythm. Luck was sacked six times on Sunday and when he wasn’t uncomfortably rolling away from pressure, his receivers did not seem to break into empty space. Fourteen of Luck’s 27 completions were to running backs, which cannot be what the team envisioned heading into the morning.

The worst of Jacksonville’s schedule is behind them in many ways. Winnable games against the Bears, Raiders and Titans are up next with the Lions, Titans and a season-ending date with the Colts on the distant horizon. Also, the AFC South is fixing to turn into a logjam, assuming the Texans’ defense struggles to adjust completely to the loss of J.J. Watt. Houston has a marked advantage in talent, but some of their most difficult games remaining, including next week’s date with the Vikings in Minnesota and a Monday night matchup against the Broncos in Denver to close out the month.

Thomas (back) caught 30 balls for 281 yards and four touchdowns in nine games with the Jags, his lowest totals since breaking out with the Broncos in 2013. Odrick played in just six games in his second season in Duval, as he struggled with separate hip and shoulder injuries.

In a lost campaign for the Jaguars and with changes on the horizon, sitting Thomas and cheap jerseys and Odrick down for the remaining four games feels oddly just. Their designations show how disappointing and underwhelming Jacksonville’s highly-touted signings and acquisitions have been during the two-year-long attempt to salvage the Gus Bradley era.

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The Associated Press, which first reported the meeting between Khan and players, described it as an open forum rather than an indictment of their current situation. A person familiar with the situation told NFL.com that Khan also spoke with the Jaguars prior to their matchup against the Colts in London.

This jibes with Khan’s attitude. As a well-researched owner, he knows that patience is paramount to team building. Even if Bradley is not the head coach of the future and the team opts to make a chance after the season — a maneuver that would not be surprising given the one-year extension he received at the end of a five-win 2015 — the Jaguars are showing potential candidates in the future that they will not rapidly cycle through coaches until they find a short-term answer.jersey

Khan’s comments after the game indicate Bradley will get another chance to right the ship. But can Bradley turn it around? Even his players seem puzzled at the idea of how to do that at this point.

“Coming into this year nobody saw this coming,” receiver Allen Hurns said, via ESPN.com. “We thought we would be a high-powered offense and no one would be able to stop us, and the most frustrating thing is we don’t know what’s going on. There’s no answers for us. I could look at myself in the mirror and say, ‘OK, I need to get my (expletive) together so this offense could roll.’ Most frustrating thing is not having the answers.”

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The talented Jacksonville Jaguars wideout was limited after leaving Sunday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs with a concussion. Hurns remains in the league’s concussion protocol but practicing Thursday moves him closer to getting cleared to play Sunday against the Houston Texans.

The Jaguars are quickly entering must-win games halfway through the season despite playing in the AFC South. The Texans squad they face sits in first place at 5-3, and a loss to Houston would put them four wins behind with six more games to go. A divisional title seems to be the only route for Jacksonville to make the playoffs, and perhaps even save coach Gus Bradley’s job.

The Lions offense looked like it was still on the bye week in the first half. Detroit gained just 20 yards on their first five drives, including four straight 3-and-outs before getting a field goal to close out the half. Matthew Stafford wasn’t his most accurate, but — as he has all season — made the plays in the fourth quarter. Stafford hit tight end Eric Ebron on a 61-yard catch-and-run to set up the game-winning score (a tight end Jet Sweep by Ebron). With no running game, Stafford was able to salt away the clock with a bevy of short passes on a 15-play, 7-minute, 57-second drive to ice the win.

Detroit has trailed in the fourth quarter in all 10 games this season, with each contest decided by seven or fewer points. They’re the first team in NFL history to have each of their first 10 games decided by seven or fewer points. Coming out of a bye against a bad team, it wasn’t the crisp game Detroit fans hoped for, but Jim Caldwell’s team remains atop the NFC North ahead of a Thanksgiving tilt versus Minnesota.