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Dave Caldwell: Winning record for Jags a “reasonable expectation”

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 28:  Team general manager David Caldwell (L) chats with Shahid Khan, the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars on the field before their game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on December 28, 2014 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) Getty Images

Jaguars owner Shad Khan hasn’t been shy about sharing his thoughts about what he wants to see from the team in 2016.

He’s said fans in Jacksonville have suffered enough losing and that he wants to see the team win now. Khan’s also said that he believes the team has the talent in place to meet that goal in coach Gus Bradley’s fourth year on the job.

There’s been no ultimatum concerning what failing to meet that goal will mean for Bradley or General Manager Dave Caldwell, but the urgency is clear. Caldwell said he isn’t feeling increased pressure as a result of Khan’s comments, but agrees that expecting a winning team makes sense this year.

“Not any more than the previous three years,” Caldwell said, via the Florida Times-Union. “Our pressure comes from within. … We’ve been doing this for four years, and to have a winning record is probably a reasonable expectation. I think [Khan] will make a decision at the end of 16 games and say it’s the direction he likes or doesn’t.”

One thing that will have to change if the Jaguars are going to meet their reasonable expectation is to get off to a faster start to the season. In Bradley and Caldwell’s first three years, the Jags have been 0-8, 1-7 and 2-6 at the midway point of the season. However equipped the team may be to overcome mistakes within an individual game, they aren’t good enough to dig themselves out of those holes because it’s almost impossible to find teams that can spot the field such an advantage and then make it to the postseason.

The Jaguars host the Packers on Sunday in their first chance to get things moving in the right direction.

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14 Responses to “Dave Caldwell: Winning record for Jags a “reasonable expectation””
  1. mightymightylafootball says: Sep 8, 2016 10:19 AM

    I really don’t know what I think about that perspective.

    Ummm, good for you, I guess? Or maybe not? I really dunno…

  2. jags2daship says: Sep 8, 2016 10:33 AM

    As Jaguars fans we expect to win now. If this team cant compete the coach needs to go. We have enough chess pieces in place where it’s time to see results. Let’s go get those friggin cheese noggins and stomp them into the ground on sunday and show people DUUUUVVVVAAAALLLLL is here.

  3. nhpats says: Sep 8, 2016 10:39 AM

    Jax should get two easy wins against the cupcake Colts. Probably two more against the Titans as well. Split with the Texans and that is 5 wins already.

  4. jjb0811 says: Sep 8, 2016 10:47 AM

    Bad coaching & a bad O-line will doom the season.

  5. jjb0811 says: Sep 8, 2016 10:47 AM

    And too many penalties too.

  6. finchy74 says: Sep 8, 2016 10:52 AM

    I like what management has been doing with this team.

    Big, explosive passing plays. Bortles hopefully continues to improve (i don’t see why he wouldn’t). I like TJ Yeldon a lot. Maybe my biggest concern is the pass rush but hopefully Fowler improves that significantly. Love Telvin Smith.

    Good, young football team. I haven’t seen any of their pre-season games so I don’t know how they’ve looked, but I like that roster a lot. Good opportunity on Sunday to start the season well. 90 degrees + on sunday against a very beatable Packers team.

  7. shackdelrio says: Sep 8, 2016 10:57 AM

    Not with Gus Bradley as head coach

  8. zoxitic says: Sep 8, 2016 11:07 AM

    In Bradley and Caldwell’s first three years, the Jags have been 0-8, 1-7 and 2-6 at the midway point of the season.

    3-5, here we come!

  9. dadsource says: Sep 8, 2016 11:25 AM

    With at LEAST 6 new starters on defense, a revamped offensive line, a better running back, and everyone else back and deeper at every position- this team is poised to win 11 games. Anything less than the playoffs should get Gus fired. I hate his defensive philosophy. He doesn’t use linebackers in space correctly and expects a huge pass rush off the ends to compensate for the space. Without Bruce Smith and Reggie White coming off the edge, it opens up short passing lanes. Blitz, and it’s just that much worse.

    If the Jags end up with a losing season, Gus needs to go. The parts are there.

  10. aypeeswhippingstick says: Sep 8, 2016 11:27 AM

    jags2daship says:
    Sep 8, 2016 10:33 AM
    As Jaguars fans we expect to win now. If this team cant compete the coach needs to go. We have enough chess pieces in place where it’s time to see results. Let’s go get those friggin cheese noggins and stomp them into the ground on sunday and show people DUUUUVVVVAAAALLLLL is here.

    Bring your swimming suit jags2dship. It will be over by halftime and you’ll be swimming in the stadium pool crying your drunken eyes out!

  11. kneedragr says: Sep 8, 2016 12:12 PM

    More like a pipe dream.

  12. aypeeswhippingstick says: Sep 8, 2016 12:47 PM

    It should be a great day for Packer fans at Lambeau South!

  13. whenwilliteverend says: Sep 8, 2016 1:48 PM

    Well, what else is he supposed to say? We’re going to suck? I’ll be surprised if they make the playoffs. Keep in mind they were 5-11 last year and 3-13 the year before. In order to make the playoffs they would have to at least equal the win total of the previous two years combined. They went 5-11 with a last place schedule. They will get a 3rd place schedule this year which will be a little more difficult. I just don’t see them going 8-8.

  14. jags2daship says: Sep 8, 2016 3:45 PM

    Id go to the pools but I prefer my seat 6 rows from the goal line. Closer to the action. I cant wait to laugh all you cheesdix when you lose. Its going to be a good loss for you guys

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