I have just one word to say to Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey, who is somehow under the delusional belief that his 1-4 team can still make the playoffs this season, but I need a little help from my good friend Jim Mora.
Playoffs? Are you kidding me?
Nobody said it better than Mora when he was coaching the Indianapolis Colts. But this is certainly the time to break out that soundbite after Mukarkey said that he still thinks that his Jaguars team can make the playoffs in 2012, considering they are off to a 1-4 start and rank toward the bottom of the NFL in both offense and defense.
Seriously, Mike. Are you kidding me?
“I certainly hate to count us out of the playoffs,” Mularkey told The Florida Times-Union.
The let me do it for you. You are out of the playoffs.
Ironically, the only team the Jaguars did beat this season was the Colts, although I’m not sure that would happen if they faced off today. In fact, I would say that the Colts are the far superior team going forward in comparison to the Jaguars. They already have a better record.
Now granted, if any coach knows what it take to start out a season 1-4 and have his team battle back to make a playoff run, it is Mularkey. His Buffalo Bills started 1-4 in 2004 and fought hard to finish the season 9-7. They still missed the playoffs, but they did turn things around.
I do not envision a similar scenario playing out this season in Jacksonville. They simply do not have the players.
Maurice Jones-Drew is still a very talented running back. he is one of the best offensive players in the game. But Blaine Gabbert is not getting much better. Justin Blackmon may have a bright future, but it has not started yet. The Jaguars rank dead last in the NFL in passing yards per game, and just 18th in rushing yards. Defensively, they are not much better, allowing the 21st most passing yards and 29th most rushing yards per game. This is coming off of a 41-3 loss against the Chicago Bears.
The Jaguars have a bye week this weekend, meaning they will go a week without embarrassing themselves. Although with very few people actually in attendance and with little to no interest in their games that are actually not blacked out, the Jaguars can take solace in the fact that at least they are not embarrassing themselves in front of many people.
The bottom line is that while Jacksonville may be good enough to win four or five or even possibly six more games, this is in no way a playoff team in 2012.
Despite what Mularkey may want to make you believe he believes.