I’ve always been all about scoreboard. That’s the ultimate judge, but after last night’s Jags-Titans game, I’m reconsidering.
Because the scoreboard last night said that Tennessee won and Jacksonville lost, but the truth is, we all lost. Because we all had to sit through that performance by the Jags.
Most days, I have the best job in the world. And then a few times a year, I don’t. Like last night, for instance.
You probably watched five minutes of that game and turned it off. Believe me; I would have, if I could have. But I couldn’t. I had to sit through that entire disaster, start to finish. Believe me, I didn’t want to. I had better things to do. Hell, the Jags themselves, treated that entire first half like they had someplace else to be and better things to do.
But I grinded it out; because that’s my job. And a few times a year, my job sucks. Like when I’m forced to watch something like that. I didn’t want to watch it, but I’m paid to watch it. Problem is, the Jacksonville players didn’t want to play it and they’re paid to play it. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a team roll over and quit like that. I know it’s Thursday Night and it’s a short week, so it’s tough. But when the going gets tough, the tough quit, apparently.
And believe I’m never going to go in on someone just to do it; or spit some molten lava just to go all hot take: I’m not about that life. And I think long and hard before I ever call anyone a quitter. Calling someone a quitter is the worst thing you can do, but how else would you describe what the Jags did in the first half.
According to team owner Shad Khan, Gus Bradley won’t be fired today either. Bradley said after the game: “This is some soul searching. We need to find out what’s the issue. I think all of us are frustrated in our play.”
Uhhh, Gus, in order to do some soul searching, your guys actually have to have a soul. And based on what I saw last night, I don’t think they do. They certainly don’t have much pride. I’d love to know what their reactions were when they turned on their phones at halftime and saw the entire nation was calling them out as quitters. And don’t be confused by that final score either. Tennessee had called off the dogs long ago. Blake Bortles, who has regressed badly this year, put up some more empty, meaningless numbers in the second half after he had lost the game in the first half. Forget the final score that was a beatdown of the highest magnitude.
The kind of beatdown that costs guys their jobs and careers. Maybe it won’t happen today, but it will happen. And sooner than later.