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The Jags have taken us all on a CRAZY ride the last 12 months.

November 27, 2018 - 10:01 am

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The Jags have taken us all on a CRAZY ride the last 12 months and the last 36 hours have been maybe the sickest to date,

To recap: Jacksonville went to Buffalo and somehow managed to find a way to lose. Not just lose, but lose their seventh straight game. And get into a fight on the field that led to Leonard Fournette getting suspended for this week.

That’s a bad Sunday.

And that bad Sunday turned into a bad Monday for offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, who was canned yesterday. 

And if you were surprised by that move, well, then your name is Nathaniel Hackett. Because he seemed to be the only person on the planet who was shocked that he was fired yesterday. He told Ian Rapoport that he thought he was being called in to discuss a quarterback change: “It wasn’t anything negative, (Doug Marrone) just decided to make a move. I guess he didn’t think I was good enough, that’s the only thing I can think of. It’s a shock."

In other words, not a quarterback change, a coordinator change. 

Nate, my dude, you just lost to the Bills. You’re lucky you were allowed back onto the plane. But I do love Hackett saying that “I guess he didn’t think I was good enough, that’s the only thing I can think of.” Uh, right. That’s how firing a coach goes. He doesn’t think you’re good enough. 

But Hackett wasn’t done: “I guess the football Gods had it out for me. We started off hot, had so many injuries, we were a completely different team. Guys busted their butts, but you can only do so much. I wish I could've figured something out." 

Damn. This guy is awesome. One of a kind. I feel like I’m just getting to know him and he’s already been fired. “The football Gods had it out for me”?!? That is rich. Rich as hell.

I mean, what the hell are you even talking about? You’re the offensive coordinator of a 3-8 football team. The offensive coordinator of probably the most disappointing team in the NFL. Either the guy presiding over it is getting rolled. Or the guy next to him is. And that’s you. You’re 3-8 and that record doesn’t begin to do justice to the disaster that is the Jags. So, that has nothing to do with a bunch of football gods sitting on clouds and deciding the guy they want to jack with is Nathaniel Hackett. I’m pretty sure the football gods don’t even know how the hell Nathaniel Hackett is, much less deciding he was the one they were going to rain down on.

But Hackett wasn’t wrong about everything. After the Jags announced the firing of Nathaniel Hackett, they also announced that they were in fact making a quarterback change and that Cody Kessler would be the starting quarterback. 

Really? So soon? Kind of feels like a rush to judgment on Bortles. I mean, sure, the guy did complete just 12 of 23 passes for 127 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions against Buffalo, but damn, doesn’t this dude have stacks and stacks and stacks of goodwill already banked???

Sure, that was his sixth game below 200 yards passing this season, but that’s what makes him unique. With all the rule changes in the NFL, plenty of quarterbacks can throw for more than 200 yards in a game, Blake Bortles is the unique guy who can still throw for less than 200 yards. In an era of wide open offenses, Bortles is the ultimate throwback to the days when the forward pass was a novelty. 

Next you’ll come in here and cite some statistic about how Bortles leads the league in interceptions, turnovers, and pick sixes since he came into the league. And to that I say, that’s only because he had more time than Nathan Peterman. You give Peterman a few more games and he’ll shatter those records.

But seriously, what a freaking year for Blake Bortles. One day you’re a play away from the Super Bowl, the next you’re looking up at Cody Kessler on the depth chart. Insane. 

Honestly, if you’re Bortles, you have to be like, hey, I just did what I do, why are you benching me for that? I mean, you do know I’m Blake Bortles right? And this is who I am, and what I do. I throw soul crushing pics and I lose games. Hell, you do know that Chad Henne damn near beat me out; you know that, right?? And that right there tells you all you need to know about me: losing my gig to Cody Kessler is nearly as embarrassing as nearly losing my gig to Chad Henne. This is news? To anyone?

Nor is it news that the offense was built around Leonard Fournette and when Fournette wasn’t there, they fell apart. And the whole damn thing fell apart. On both sides of the ball. 

This isn’t only about Bortles. This is about the Jags front office too. They could’ve had any number of quarterbacks in the offseason, guys like Teddy Bridgewater, for example. But instead, they rolled with Bortles and they crapped out. 

And now they’re going with Cody Kessler in a game against the red-hot Colts and likely without the suspended Leonard Fournette. Good job, everyone.  Duuuuuuuvaaaalll! 

There has never been a team that went from joke to killer and back to joke again as quickly as these guys have. Again, great job, great effort….Duvvaaaal. I always say, gimme an A or gimme an F and they’ve given us both in just one year’s time.  Duvvvaaaaaallll!!! What to do now? Well to quote the Jacksonville queen herself: nothing to do but get drunk, find a tenderoni and take him home and ruin him.