This is probably the end of the short, unfortunate era, one that began nine months ago when Bortles signed a…
This is probably the end of the short, unfortunate era, one that began nine months ago when Bortles signed a three-year deal that signaled Jaguar’s commitment. Coupled this with their total lack of interest in competing for Bortles-No Teddy Bridgewater, not even A.J. McCarron – and you begin to realize where everything went wrong. During a season of teams that go all the way, where Rammerna and Saints and Vikings pushed their chips in the middle of the table by stacking stars, the Jaguars went all the way to the guy with 59 percent finishing company. In one year dominated by Jared Goff, Patrick Mahomes II and Drew Brees, the Jaguars are a team of modern football and it shows. It’s hard to imagine that the Jaguars are watching this season – they are now 3-8 after a worst case scenario loss for Josh Allen and Bills and Thinking Bortles should come back in 2019. He would have 16.5 million dollar in kill money next year if he was cut. Bortle’s offensive coordinator, Nathaniel Hackett, was fired on Monday. Third Coordinator Bortles has been fired since he arrived in 2014. There are other problems in Jacksonville. The defense is bound to eighth in defending the defense after the end of last year. Jalen Ramsey, one of the best corner races in football 2017, looks deadly in 2018. They are riddled with injuries. The Bortles plan only worked if everything was so perfect in 2018 as it was 2017, a ridiculously wrong plan in a league where nothing lasts for a long time. It is not Hackett or Bortles fault that the defense is not as good; It’s Jaguar’s fault that they designed a team where crime was sentenced if the defense even regressed a little. Bortles was the bitcoin, a bright trend at the end of 2017 that looked at all odds as something viable. Check either the value now.
If you are unfamiliar with Bortles’s impossible as it may seem-he is the third third overall picking of the 2014 draft. He has been joke of jokes from a variety of sources, from Ted Cruz to the popular NBC site The Good Place . He has never been a good quarterback. His career number captures him in with David Carr, Joey Harrington, Trent Dilfer and Mark Sanchez. What he has been in stains is a guy who can do enough to ride a historically good defense to win. In retrospect, it seems like a bad decision to commit to the quarterback proving you could win a bad quarterback. He threw the ball as little as possible and it was who worked. The Jaguars did not only work with AFC South, but Bortles started throwing the ball more without turning it over. It’s too strong to say he looked good, but he did not look very bad for weeks at a time. Jaguarna won two playoff games and should have hit the Foxborough patriots in the AFC title game and blew a 20-10 fourth lead.
If you are looking for evidence that quarterback plays a role, you are welcome to consult almost all games in NFL’s history. The latest example is the 2018 Jaguar, who has wiped out his franchise’s great roster talent by experimenting with the idea that the position can be thrown out of the game. In the process, they have probably closed the door on one of the most promising championship windows in the NFL. They spent $ 50 million on just their defensive line this season, almost $ 1.5 million more than any NFL team. They hit more free agent signings than just about any team in the last memory, but they spent so much that they probably have a limited championship window. Soon they must start throwing talent for cap space, which has been further restricted by its quarterly plan. Roster talent without quarterback is not a strategy.
It has been quarterbacks worse than Bortles; He did not invent to be bad, but he may be the most frustrating in recent times. The Jaguars did not cast Patrick Mahomes or Deshaun Watson because they wanted to build a running game around Bortles. They passed on, among others, Khalil Mack, Mike Evans, Odell Beckham Jr. and Aaron Donald to elaborate on him. There are dozens of what-about-scenarios with the Jaguars and basically everyone is better than they are currently.
Jacksonville Defense was probably the funniest device in 2017. Calais Campbell, A.J. Bouye and Jalen Ramsey were among the best in their position all year round. The Jaguars were historically good in perhaps the last year the defense really meant. The last four teams of last year’s final play were in the top five in points defense the first time since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. Of the four most dominant teams of this season-Rams, Saints, Chiefs, and Patriots-No rank in the top 10 in scoring defense.
There are 22 quarterbacks with a match rating over 90 years 2018, double the number five years ago, the season before Bortles entered the league. There was three years in 1993. This was the year the Jaguars rolled with Bortles. Even in a low season, Bortles was in turn for several laps than Terry Bradshaw ever thrown for so there are periods in NFL history where Bortles would be acceptable as a starting point. This is not one of them. If you are going to wear Bortles on a roster, you must maintain the possibility that he will not work out. This is evident when you see some of his incorrect passports and – despite his success at UCF and his high draft status – that he simply is not so talented. The Jaguars signed him for the extension in part because they already paid him $ 19 million as part of his fifth-year alternatives and it helped to lower his cap this year. But they could have got a better backup. They could have prepared a quarterback. They could have written a broad recipient better than Donte Moncrief for $ 7 million. Bortles failed and the people around him failed. Then you get to 3-8 10 months after making Super Bowl.
Before last season’s final play, I talked to Bortle’s family, his friends, his teammates and the current Hackett and came away with the impression that Bortles cared about someone of the criticisms that were held on him. Everyone looked joking, and everyone cared except Bortles. His dad told him to “love” to visit some of his son’s critics and Blake would shake it out and tell him he would not go. The criticism will not be released now. Bortles will be ripped because he did not play well, and it is certainly fair, but it is worth asking what Tom Coughlin was with with Bortles in the first place. Bortle’s plan was always inadequate. The Jaguars learned wrong lessons from last season, which was one of the strangest in memory. Blake Bortles is a joke again, and it’s deserved, but save some laughter for the people who put him in this position.