Jaguars have fallen apart since last year’s win over Patriots

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It was exactly a year ago that the Jaguars looked like perhaps the best young team in football. Since then, things have not gone according to plan.

In Week Two of 2018, the Jaguars beat the Patriots to improve to 2-0. That same Jaguars team had nearly beaten the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game the previous season, and it looked like Jacksonville was building a great young team for years to come.

In the 16 games since beating the Patriots, the Jaguars are 3-13.

What has gone wrong? Nearly everything. They realized that Blake Bortles, the quarterback they had drafted third overall and then given a big second contract, wasn’t the answer. Leonard Fournette, the running back drafted fourth overall, missed half the season and didn’t play well when he did play. Injuries were an issue, the team seemed to be tuning out coach Doug Marrone, and the Jaguars quickly went from the high of 2-0 after beating the Patriots to the low of 3-8 and out of playoff contention a couple months later.

This year isn’t looking any better. The Jaguars are 0-2, Nick Foles was hurt in his first game as Bortles’ replacement, and now Jalen Ramsey — who appeared to be the most important piece in a great defense — is requesting a trade.

Whether it ever works out for Marrone and Tom Coughlin in Jacksonville remains to be seen, but it certainly isn’t working now. That big win over the Patriots was only a year ago. It feels much longer than that.

44 responses to “Jaguars have fallen apart since last year’s win over Patriots

  1. That’s what happens. Teams load up for an annual SB and if they can somehow randomly will win the game, they end up imploding because they blew their wad.

    Alternatively, if a team gets embarrassed after putting so much into it for their personal SB, that losing team also loses its edge and goes into an entrenched tailspin.

    It’s one of the Pats’ hallmarks the last 15 years.

  2. They won the battle but lost the war.

    Slow and steady wins the race. The NFL is a meat grinding, emotional roller coaster marathon.

  3. This is called the “Rex Ryan Effect”.

    Put 100% of your energy into beating NE, and if you do – even on a last play fluke lateral like Miami last year – you then act like you won the SB, party all night and then completely fall apart.

  4. We’ve quite a few times over the years seen a team get an early season win over the Pats and assume they’ve made it and don’t have to work so hard any more. The result is always the same. Pats recover and go on deep in the playoffs or the Super Bowl, the other team fades away.

  5. the “answer” everyone will claim is to fire marrone. of course, once you get a new coach in, there will be the 4 year turning over of roster, and of course the cycle will start again.

    today’s player is the problem. they show little perserverance when on a team struggling. instead of bear down, it’s trade me so i can be on a winning team.

  6. Teams create so much noise in effort to beat NE they forget B’s first rule which is to ignore the noise.

    It’s so simple but so hard to achieve. Sort of like see this button? All you have to do is sit here but whatever you do, for gods sake don’t push it.

  7. Reminds me of 2 particular cases. One is Rex Ryan with the Bills and Jets against the Patriots and the other Jeff Fisher against the Seahawks when coaching the Rams. Their teams were always ready to go against that one opponent and played great games, but then utter mediocrity the reminder 14 weeks.

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  9. The GM should have been fired the moment they inked Bortles to a new deal. Anyone who didn’t see Bortles’ deficiencies doesn’t belong in an NFL FO. That signing was the instant where the Jags doomed themselves to two or three years in the wilderness.

  10. That insufferable Bart Scott on WFAN is still celebrating his “Super Bowl” win against the Pats in the divisional round in 2010. Since then, the Pats have been to 8 straight AFC Championships, 5 REAL Super Bowls, and have won 3 Lombardis. Keep celebrating, Bart.

  11. Couldn’t handle success, this happens every year. The pats will lose a game or 2 and that squad actually starts believing they are the cream of the crop, only it doesn’t work that way. You have to put the work in each week. Unfortunately very few coaches are able to get that kind of buy in.

  12. There was a reason Bills fans were mystified by the hiring of Doug Marrone as head coach. It wasn’t clear why the Bills hired him after he compiled mediocre results at Syracuse(!) and he proceeded to put together completely unremarkable seasons in Buffalo, punctuated by not winning and not relating well to the players, other coaches, management, the press, or fans. How did Jacksonville see this and think he was their guy?

  13. mistrezzrachael says:
    September 17, 2019 at 9:29 am
    How many teams fall apart after beating the Patriots once??? Is a big list

    33 10 Rate This

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    If you gamble, the easiest money in sports:

    1. NE lays an egg or loses to a team they shouldn’t lose to and bet on that team to lose the next week. Like clockwork.

    2. Even if the team loses to NE, but plays them closer than they should, beat on that team to lose the very next week as well.

  14. bullcharger says:
    September 17, 2019 at 9:39 am
    Marrone should have been fired long ago
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    Define “long ago” please. Marrone has only been there 2 years and they went to the AFCCG during the first one

  15. These kinds of articles are total ego-fests for Pats fans. Guess most of them are too young to remember what it was like to beat the Dolphins back in the day (or the Yankees, Canadiens, etc.)

    Yes, Pats fans, it IS our Super Bowl, of sorts, when we beat your team. I still remember the one meaningful win the Bills had against the Pats, w/ Fitz at the helm – it was absolutely exhilarating. I’m not embarrassed about that. The Pats under BB and Brady are an extremely tough team to beat, and you are very lucky fans to have been able to experience that.

    Who knows – there may come a day when you get excited about a regular season win again, or where beating a more dominant team (there will be others coming down the pike) feels amazing.

  16. Maybe they can trade for Flores since Miami doing a fire sale, then can Marrone clearly he can’t coach at this level. Not controlling the locker is on the captains and coaches, every team has poison/cancer players you can’t mesh 60 some players and 20 or so coaches they will never get along so it is up to the coach to make it work. Marrone and Coughlin have failed.

  17. Doug ” Bologne ” Marrone is an idiot … I will never say confronting or yelling at your coach is the way to go about things … I am not for that … But i know why Jalen wants out. Marrone is weak and folds under pressure. Look at the proof , In the AFC Title game against the Patriots, he played not to loose in the second half versus attacking like a Lion in the Jungle does … He is weak … Look at the game on Sunday, The Texans knew Fournette was getting the ball on the 2pt conversion and he goes with that B S conservative approach again … Instead of letting Gardner win you the game. He has no true confidence and we will never win anything relevant with him as our head coach … Book it … I just said it … straight fire 

    #SaxsonvilleForLife

  18. Pats wrecked the Seahawks, Falcons, Steelers, Rams, Chargers, AFCE, Texans, Colts, Jags, etc. That’s Where the trolls come from. I love it.
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  19. rogergoodellmyhero says:
    September 17, 2019 at 10:36 am
    The Patriots homers are out in full force today, another day in the life of an unemployed Patriots homer.
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    Is part of your daily job descriptions to cry on articles related to the Patriots? You are more of a Pats homer than half the people who post here. You figure the amount of time you spend on these boards talking about the Pats once would say you have a fixation with them. But lets not get facts in the way.

  20. The Jags have talent. What they don’t have is the coaching to go with it. Kahn needs to admit it. Caughlin may, or may not, be a good fit. But Marrone is simply a terrible fit and has to go! He’s destroying this team. Players are starting to want out of Jacksonville. I’m a believer you coach to the talent you have. You don’t change what your players do best. Past time to hire a good coach that allows the Jags to be the Jags. It will never happen with Marrone as the HC!

  21. Fans love to jump to conclusions. It’s better to sit back and observe for a while to see what has staying power.

  22. Coughlin never had a guy like Ramsey (loud-mouthed malcontent) on any of his teams before. Seriously, if you were a GM, why would you want someone like that on your team. He’s a locker-room cancer and will demand a contract making him vastly overpaid, especially given his attitude. Marrone may be a jerk but he did get them to the AFC Championship game two years ago without much to work with on offense. It looks like they finally found their QB of the future with Minshew. Now all they need to do is address that offensive line. Why they didn’t bother to upgrade it after last year’s debacle is mind-boggling…bordering on incompetence.

    There’s no way the Jags will give Ramsey a new deal after putting his hands on Marrone. No matter what you think of Marrone, that’s something you just don’t do. I wouldn’t be surprised if he lasts the month in Jax. I feel sorry for any team that trades for him. They’ll be getting a good CB for sure but they’ll also be getting a guy with a big mouth and a lousy attitude and a guy who will want more than the five-year $75M Xavien Howard is getting from Miami. This guy is slowly becoming AB 2.0.

  23. Look, there is plenty of blame to go around here.

    First is LEADERSHIP. They have consistently drafted guys who are high on talent, low on leadership, and looking at Myles Jack, Jaylen Ramsey, Leonard Fournette, Harrison, etc- these guys are extremely talented but way too emotional and not at all coachable. Fournette hits the wrong holes all the time, Ramsey freelances and blows assignments, and Jack pursues too hard and runs past the action.

    Marrone is part of the problem, but more of a game manager than a coach, no discipline and bad decisions.

    GM is the problem. Don’t draft malcontents. Draft leaders. Pozluzny leaving really hurt. Now the loudmouths who can’t read assignments are popping off. And that offensive line is just….offensive…

  24. patsarticlemustpost says:
    September 17, 2019 at 11:38 am
    rogergoodellmyhero says:
    September 17, 2019 at 10:36 am
    The Patriots homers are out in full force today, another day in the life of an unemployed Patriots homer.
    ———————————–

    Is part of your daily job descriptions to cry on articles related to the Patriots? You are more of a Pats homer than half the people who post here. You figure the amount of time you spend on these boards talking about the Pats once would say you have a fixation with them. But lets not get facts in the way.
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    I caught me one! Too bad this thing is worth nothing more than the lint I find in my pockets. Patriots fans are so sensitive….

  25. “Guess most of them are too young to remember what it was like to beat the Dolphins back in the day (or the Yankees, Canadiens, etc.)”

    I remember the Squish The Fish 1985 season AFC Championship game when we finally beat the Fins after losing 18 straight in Miami.

    Not all of us are too young to remember.

  26. I caught me one! Too bad this thing is worth nothing more than the lint I find in my pockets. Patriots fans are so sensitive….
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    Sadly that has made your day. Pats fans are so sensitive yet the people who complain about them are not? Your logic is off the charts. Its okay buddy. Your team might be good one of these days. Until then keep living through the Pats success to give you something to talk about.

  27. patsarticlemustpost says:
    September 17, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    Sadly that has made your day. Pats fans are so sensitive yet the people who complain about them are not? Your logic is off the charts. Its okay buddy. Your team might be good one of these days. Until then keep living through the Pats success to give you something to talk about.
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    Why does this trout keep coming back? Keeps taking the bait over and over again. Talks about being sensitive while flapping it’s jowls.

  28. Why does this trout keep coming back? Keeps taking the bait over and over again. Talks about being sensitive while flapping it’s jowls.
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    I see you offer nothing. The good thing is I could respond to you 500 times and still not come close to the amount of times you post about the Pats. Why do you keep posting about the Pats? Is it that lonely in your world? I like to respond to the idiots and you do have that in spades. I find it funny because you cannot shut it off. You will respond and then you have to wonder who has who on the fishing line. I am so sorry the Pats are good. See, now I am sensitive to your feelings.

  29. patsarticlemustpost says:
    September 17, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    I see you offer nothing. The good thing is I could respond to you 500 times and still not come close to the amount of times you post about the Pats. Why do you keep posting about the Pats? Is it that lonely in your world? I like to respond to the idiots and you do have that in spades. I find it funny because you cannot shut it off. You will respond and then you have to wonder who has who on the fishing line. I am so sorry the Pats are good. See, now I am sensitive to your feelings.
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    Damn this person is a virus. Keeps coming back like the herp and tries to spin my words into insulting myself. Nice try Patriot homer but you fail once again. I’m sorry you have nothing to live for but the Patriots. I’ll be sure to check for your obituary when the Patriots go back to mediocracy.

    Now respond back to daddy….that’s a good girl.

  30. Jags lost to the Chiefs (no surprise), and lost a close game at Houston. Not time to panic yet. Everyone in their division has a loss already. That said, Thursday night at home against the Titans is a must-win.

  31. rogergoodellmyhero says:
    September 17, 2019 at 2:59 pm
    patsarticlemustpost says:
    September 17, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    I see you offer nothing. The good thing is I could respond to you 500 times and still not come close to the amount of times you post about the Pats. Why do you keep posting about the Pats? Is it that lonely in your world? I like to respond to the idiots and you do have that in spades. I find it funny because you cannot shut it off. You will respond and then you have to wonder who has who on the fishing line. I am so sorry the Pats are good. See, now I am sensitive to your feelings.
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    Damn this person is a virus. Keeps coming back like the herp and tries to spin my words into insulting myself. Nice try Patriot homer but you fail once again. I’m sorry you have nothing to live for but the Patriots. I’ll be sure to check for your obituary when the Patriots go back to mediocracy.

    Now respond back to daddy….that’s a good girl.
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    Now you’ve resorted to name calling????
    At least keep us entertained with more of the tinfoil hat theories & the other bazzaro world insight you have to offer…
    Personally I find you both funny & sad, funny in your comments & sad for such disdain in your own team that you CONSTANTLY flock to anything & everything Patriots related to post & bring some self induced happiness to your football season since you get NONE from yours….. yes, very sad…..ENJOY!!!

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