By: Hays Carlyon
This is an easy call for Jaguars owner Shad Khan to make in light of another embarrassing performance. The Jaguars lost to Detroit 34-16 Sunday at TIAA Bank Field. The Jaguars have lost five consecutive games, giving up at least 30 points in each game.
You owe it to your loyal customers, Shad. The die-hard few you have left.
Your patience has already forced many fans that love the Jaguars to go away.
You need to get them back.
They will come back, but they must see a different direction.
That starts with the removal of general manager Dave Caldwell and coach Doug Marrone. Both must go.
They have no quarterback. They have no defense. They have no answers.
Each week you stand pat with your football administration is another gut punch to your fans.
The firing of Marrone alone will not be viewed as enough to bring your customers back.
Your customers are smart and they know a clear, new vision is needed.
The Jaguars are 9-25 in their last 34 games.
Shad, it’s time for you to launch your new legacy as owner.
I’m not going to waste anyone’s time writing several hundred words to support my conclusion that a clean sweep must happen.
I won’t go into detail about how two more successful franchises than yours (Houston and Atlanta) have already fired both the coach and general manager (Bill O’Brien held both roles with the Texans).
Instead, I’ll offer a plan.
Here’s how you fix the Jaguars, Shad.
Hire Carolina offensive coordinator Joe Brady as Marrone’s successor.
Brady is a 31-year-old prodigy. He’s fared better than expected this year with the Panthers, his first season with the team.
Brady showed his acumen last season when he won the Broyles Award for his work as an assistant at LSU. The Tigers averaged 48.4 point per game and 568.5 yards a game.
Brady spent two seasons as an offensive assistant with the New Orleans Saints, working under Sean Payton.
Brady also spent two years as a graduate assistant at Penn State. He coaches linebackers at his alma mater William & Mary in 2013-14. Brady played receiver at the school.
The Pembroke Pines native is ready to lead his own program.
He knows exactly where offense is going in this sport because he’s helping drive innovation.
Adding a veteran defensive coordinator, ala Wade Phillips when Sean McVay became coach of the Rams, would be smart.
Hire Kansas City director of football operations Mike Borgonzi to replace Caldwell. Borgonzi has been with the Chiefs for a decade. He’s been part of the entire build. The world champion Chiefs are on the cutting edge of offense and have done a masterful job building up both sides of their roster.
A Brady-Borgonzi combination should be Khan’s top goal now.
It’s time, Shad.
Show your customers you won’t insult their intelligence anymore by staying the course.
Show your customers you can hire the right people to bring a winning product to Jacksonville.
They want to come and cheer.
You can do it, Shad.
But you must do it now.
(You can email Hays at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @HaysCarlyon)