By: Hays Carlyon
NASHVILLE – Tennessee running back Derrick Henry ran for two touchdowns in 16 seconds.
And that was it.
The Jaguars allowed a 7-3 halftime hole to become a 42-20 embarrassment on Sunday, losing their sixth consecutive game at Nissan Stadium.
This one ended any faint hope the Jaguars might make a late-season push to playoff contention.
The Jaguars were 4-4 but have now lost three consecutive AFC South games by a combined score of 101-36. In each game, the Jaguars allowed at least 216 rushing yards.
They lost each game by at least 20 points.
This simply can’t continue.
Jaguars coach Doug Marrone and his staff are clearly out of answers. No one questions their work ethic or desire to win, but it’s obvious they can’t fix this. The Jaguars (4-7) have too much talent to be this hideous.
“Am I pissed? Yes,” Marrone said. “Am I embarrassed? Yes.”
So is every Jaguars fan.
The Titans opened the second half with a touchdown drive that ended in quarterback Ryan Tannehill finding linemen Dennis Kelly on a 1-yard pass in which he was an eligible receiver.
The Jaguars quickly punted and Henry took over.
He broke a 74-yard touchdown run with ease. The Jaguars then fumbled the kickoff return when Michael Walker was hit. The Titans recovered at the Jaguars 7-yard line.
Henry scored on the next play, pushing the lead to 28-3.
The Titans added a 65-yard catch-and-run by rookie receiver A.J. Brown to make it 35-3 with 6:57 left in the third quarter.
Tennessee (6-5) scored 28 points and gained 209 yards in the first eight minutes of the third quarter.
We rarely see that when a college football heavyweight takes on a struggling FCS team.
Marrone is 6-17 in his last 23 games.
He’s lost his touch when it comes to coaching this team.
His staff is regressing as well.
The Jaguars are consistently out-schemed by the opponent on both sides of the ball.
The front office had an outstanding draft in April, but the big decisions at quarterback continue to look like enormous mistakes.
First-year starting quarterback Nick Foles looked rough in his second consecutive game since returning from a broken collarbone suffered in the opener.
It’s unfair to judge Foles based on two games as he works himself back into football shape, but he looks terrible. His arm doesn’t look as strong as it did in training camp and he seems tentative.
There’s no rhythm in the offense so far with Foles.
Marrone says he’s going to stick with Foles over rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew (4-4 as a starter with Foles out). Marrone also is keeping defensive coordinator Todd Wash in place.
None of that really matters.
There’s no way Jaguars owner Shad Khan can keep Marrone as head coach.
The only remaining mystery is whether Marrone will get fired before the season ends on Dec. 29.
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