Man, what a time. My first game back in Jacksonville was probably the most depressing game of the season, but suddenly the mood changed when Gus Bradley was relieved of his coaching responsibilities. Don’t expect change this season, but we can at least hope for a brighter 2017. With all that being said, let’s get into it.
Stud of the Week: Jalen Ramsey
I haven’t raved over Ramsey in a few weeks, even in games where he plays well, but today it is undoubtedly deserved. He and Jadaveon Clowney played like the best two players in that game, hands-down. Ramsey faced a tough matchup in Texans WR Deandre Hopkins, who Ramsey trailed for most the game, but still played out of his mind and even reeled in his first career interception.
Now, if you look at Deandre Hopkins’ stat line, you’d think he had a pretty good day. He finished with 8 catches for 87 yards, which isn’t great for fantasy players but is fine for moving an offense. However, the targets number shows how dominant Ramsey was in this game. Hopkins’ 8 catches came on an insane 17 targets, most of which were defended by Ramsey. Ramsey had 4 PBU’s and an INT in the game, mostly in coverage of Hopkins. Even when Hopkins started making catches, he usually only had a step on Ramsey and needed perfect throws from Texans backup QB Tom Savage to be able to make the catches. Ramsey won the matchup against one of the best WR’s in the NFL. Too bad we couldn’t bring him the W that he deserved.
Dud of the Week: Blake Bortles
I don’t really know how much I can criticize this guy, but every ounce of it is deserved. Yes, the Texans are a very good defense (and this is actually the third really good defense we’ve faced this year), but Bortles is awful, plain and simple. It’s not one aspect of his game, it’s the fact that his game has no positive aspects to it. His mechanics are absolute dog shit, he has no awareness of the game or the field and cannot run an NFL offense. He’s completed below 50% of his passes in 2 of the last 3 games, despite playing in a league that cares about the offense succeeding far more than the defense. People have tried blaming the run game, but even in a game where we run the ball at an okay level, he holds the offense back.
I honestly may puke from typing Bortles’ stat line today. He finished 12 of 28 for 92 yards, one rushing touchdown and an interception. TJ Yeldon and Chris Ivory both finished with higher YPC than his YPA. Hell, his YPC was below most NFL QB’s YPA at an abysmal 8.7 yards. This game showed fans again that Bortles is not the franchise quarterback, nor will he ever be. He has no chance to become one because he cannot perform a single aspect of his game at a professional level.
Obligatory Goodbye to Gus Bradley
The fans finally got what they wanted this week when HC Gus Bradley was fired, but I loved how people, despite their happiness for him leaving, constantly talked about how good this guy was for the city. When Shad Khan took over the team, he realized we needed an entire organization that cared about the city and the team. After the failed Mularkey experiment, he went out and tried to find the best man for the job. Was he successful in finding a good HC? No, he actually found the worst coach in the history of the NFL. However, Bradley’s personality was the one the team needed to get through the era of roster hell and complete lack of faith that we were in 4 years ago.
I don’t know what you guys think, but early into his tenure, Gus made it easier for me to watch the team, despite having no chance of success. His positivity ended up turning into a lack of public accountability once the team acquired enough talent to make a playoff run, but it did help in 2013 and 2014, where I just saw despair in the team.
Gus, despite being a terrible HC, I will always appreciate the commitment you made to try and make this city and this franchise better. I hope you find somewhere to make a positive mark in the NFL. I’m just sorry that it wasn’t here.
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