With the 2016 NFL season in the books, the Jacksonville Jaguars franchise will likely have to answer some difficult questions in the upcoming weeks. Former head coach Gus Bradley was fired before Week 16, and while the team split their final two games, it’s unlikely to expect anyone from the current coaching staff to be retained.
A lack of support in the media from some of the team’s most prominent defensive players made a return from anyone on the defensive staff even more unlikely. Free safety Tashaun Gipson, corner-back Jalen Ramsey and Davon House all made disparaging remarks about their roles in the team’s defensive gameplan, all citing different reasons for why the team struggled.
Gipson’s comments were particularly damming, stating that he “didn’t do his research” before signing with Jacksonville, and that he’s “not a guy that wants to sit middle of the field 15 yards downfield all game.” He went on to say that he called himself the “babysitter”, because all he was asked to do was prevent touchdown runs. It’s safe to assume that Gipson thought of current defensive coordinator’s scheme as overly conservative.
Ramsey, who is a legitimate Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate, also made comments about he was used in a conservative role throughout the course of the season. House on the other-hand, complained about he didn’t see enough playing time, but that was more of a direct result to his poor play in the beginning of the season than anything else.
With such negative comments coming out almost immediately after the game, the fate of Jacksonville’s coaching staff, particularly on the defensive end, looks very bleak moving forward.