The Jaguars fell to 1-8 on Thursday night against the Colts, but there aren’t going to be any big changes with the team before they take the field in Week 11.
That was the message from coach Mike Mularkey on Friday and it includes the quarterback position because “everybody’s got to play better.” He went on to say that successful teams don’t panic or make big changes in the wake of a loss, which apparently did not lead to a follow-up question about what that had to do with the Jaguars but the result is that next week’s Jaguars team will look a lot like the one that lost in Jacksonville.
John Oehser of the Jaguars website reports that Mularkey said Blaine Gabbert will start against the Texans next week as long as he’s cleared medically after aggravating his left shoulder injury in the fourth quarter. Mularkey also said that running back Maurice Jones-Drew is questionable for the game, but that he’s less likely to return to the lineup than defensive back Dwight Lowery.
Owner Shad Khan is also resisting the urge to make any big changes before the end of the season, although it seems inevitable that they will be coming if things continue down this path. Successful teams might not panic, but they also don’t stick with things that clearly aren’t working.