With a chance to clinch the AFC South title on Sunday, the Jacksonville Jaguars fell short in a 28-20 loss to the Tennessee Titans that officially eliminated them from playoff contention. Two second-quarter interceptions by Trevor Lawrence put them behind the eight-ball and they were not able to muster up enough offense late to catch back up.
Sitting pretty with an 8-3 record in late November, the Jags completely collapsed down the stretch by losing five of its last six games. Their swoon allowed the surging Houston Texans to creep up and snatch the division title from right under their nose. Now that their season is over, it’s worth asking if head coach Doug Pederson will be a candidate to lose his job when firings around the league rev up on Monday.
The Jags head coach is most likely safe, but questions have to be answered for how this team threw away what looked like a surefire postseason berth in the AFC. The team gave up 28+ points in four of those five losses to close the season and a banged up Trevor Lawrence did not look like a franchise quarterback trying to power his team to the playoffs. Their only bit of relief came in the form of a 26-0 shutout victory over the Carolina Panthers, the worst team in the entire league.
Pederson in all likelihood will be in charge when the 2024 season fires up this September, giving him an entire offseason of reflection. But this collapse will make him a prime hot seat candidate heading into the new campaign.