Maybe I just enjoy playing devil's advocate, or maybe I just don't agree with much of the outrage following the Jaguars 16-10 loss in Carolina. I just don't see how Jack Del Rio has become a scape goat for the Jaguars' poor offense. For as much grief as he's given for the offense, he's been given no credit for the defensive success. Why? You tell me.
As of this morning, the Jaguars have the 5th ranked defense in the NFL. Are we really thick enough to believe Jack Del Rio, a head coach with a strong defensive background, has nothing to do with the Jaguars improved defense? I don't mean to blast this fan base, but we're turning into the French during the late 18th century. We're ready to chop heads at the drop of a hat.
Yes, the Jaguars' offense is bad. Actually, terrible is a better word for it. That means this team has a long way to go to get good, but that doesn't mean we should be ready to fire the head coach after 3 weeks. That doesn't get us anywhere. Let's give Del Rio his fair shot at making the playoffs. After all, the Jaguars are just 1 game out of first place in the division.
Now I want to address the play calling issue. Yes, the play calling was far too conservative, but it very nearly worked. On the 3rd down screen to Deji Karim on the drive before the Panthers touchdown drive, a lineman, Uche Nwaneri if I remember correctly, missed a block that would have led to a Jaguars' first down. If he makes that block, the Jaguars could very likely have won the game. It's not like the Jaguars chose a strategy that had a 0% chance of getting them the win. They gave the game to their defense instead of the offense. That's a move I like, especially considering the lack of offensive success.
If there's anything I can guarantee, it's that the Jaguars will improve as the season goes along. This is a young offense with a rookie quarterback. The Jaguars defense is still gelling. Let's just take a deep breath and prepare for a rough few weeks. Let's also suspend the use of the guillotine until the season is over. An interim head coach doesn't help anything. The Jaguars made their bed, now they need to sleep in it.