Last week, we chose the Chiefs as the biggest loser of Week One. Kansas City probably deserves the honor again, but picking them in back-to-back weeks seems overly cruel.
I considered a number of teams for this week’s worst loss. Minnesota gagging a 17-point lead at home was in the mix. Miami’s absolute inability to win at home deserved consideration. Colts fans collectively lost hope Sunday.
Ultimately, no team fell harder in Week Two than the Jacksonville Jaguars. (We considered not going with the Jaguars because Jag’ fans oddly think PFT doesn’t “like” the team. But that’s true with a dozen squads and passing would be like letting the terrorists win.)
Heading into the day, there was still hope that perhaps Luke McCown could do for the Jaguars in 2011 what David Garrard did for them in 2007. In just 19 passes against the Jets, McCown threw more picks (four) than Garrard did for all of 2007 (three).
McCown said he only made physical mistakes, and he did miss some passes wildly. He also didn’t seem to read coverages and made poor decisions during the 32-3 beatdown in New York.
The Jaguars were underdogs in the game, but that’s not the point. This game reminded Jacksonville that the team can’t seem to compete against quality opponents. Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union notes the Jaguars are 9-13 over their last 22 games. Just one of those wins came against a team with a winning record. Too many of the losses were blowouts.
The presence of Blaine Gabbert gives the fanbase hope for the future, but 2011 wasn’t supposed to be about the future. Jaguars G.M. Gene Smith has built up this roster for three years pointing towards the 2011 season. He spent huge money in free agency. Del Rio probably won’t be around next year unless he wins now.
We know it’s a long season, but the ceiling with McCown appears limited. Mediocrity looms again.
There is a sinking feeling that the Jaguars have been through all this before, but this is not 2007. Luke McCown is not the 2007 version of David Garrard.