The bye week could not have come at a better time for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Following the most embarrassing of a string of poor home games to start the season, and sporting a poor 1-4 record, the Jaguars needed a week off to regroup and refocus on the final 11 games of the season.
Now, the Jaguars have an opportunity to come out this Sunday on the road against the Oakland Raiders and show that this team has improved like we were told so many times this off-season by people inside the organization.
At this point, nobody is safe if the Jaguars continue to play at the low level they have to start the season. A continuation of the poor early season performances could lead to an off-season of drastic change in the front office and on the field for the Jaguars.
In my opinion, second-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert has 11 more games to show that he is indeed capable of being an effective passer in the NFL. Gabbert has yet to show any sort of ability that would validate the high draft pick used to select him and patience is starting to run out with his development.
Jaguars general manager Gene Smith’s future is likely tied to Gabbert’s success. Smith hand picked Gabbert to be his franchise quarterback, but if his decision to back Gabbert backfires they might both be out of a job after the season.
Unfortunately for new Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey, his fate also might be linked to Smith and Gabbert. Mularkey and his staff were hired to give Gabbert and the Jaguars the best possible chance for success, but if the team does not show any signs that success is on the horizon it would probably just be worth it for Jaguars owner Shahid Khan to clean house and start fresh with a new general manager, coach and quarterback.
It is time for the Jaguars to start playing with a sense of urgency like their jobs are on the line, because they probably are.