ESPN: Jaguars Are Least Competitive Team Since 1970
Something is rotten in the state of Florida, and it's not just Richie Incognito. Tampa Bay and Jacksonville are winless, but the Buccaneers have blown four fourth-quarter leads compared to the Jaguars holding four leads the entire season -- none coming after the 12-minute mark of the second quarter.
At Insider we look at the DVOA for all 0-8 teams since 1989, verifying the notion that the Buccaneers are the best 0-8 team and the Jaguars are the worst.
The lack of competitiveness from the Jaguars is astonishing as even the worst teams like the 1976 Buccaneers (expansion year) were still usually good enough to keep the game close late. They may continuously fail to make plays to win games, but at least they still put up a fight.
There have been 34 teams to start 0-8 since the merger. I've included a table that shows how many fourth-quarter comeback and game-winning drive opportunities each had while starting 0-8 (games 9-16 not considered). It also lists how many fourth-quarter leads they held.
|0-8 Teams: 4QC/GWD Opportunities (Games 1-8)|
|Team||Year||4QC Rec.||GWD Rec.||4Q Leads||Team||Year||4QC Rec.||GWD Rec.||4Q Leads|
Tampa Bay's blown four leads (ties 2000 Chargers) while the Jaguars are the only team yet to even have an opportunity. Every other team, even the old ones without clear-cut data, had at least two opportunities. The other teams not to hold a fourth-quarter lead at least had a second-half lead, or in the case of the 1986 Colts, a second-half tie.
The 2013 Jaguars are the only team since the merger to not have a tie or lead after halftime through eight games.
It wouldn't surprise me if both teams got their first win this weekend, but through half a season, how they've played to produce that 0-8 record has been historical.
10 comments, Last at 10 Nov 2013, 5:22pm
#2 by Revenge of the NURBS (not verified) // Nov 08, 2013 - 3:57pm
Ryan Leaf was involved, so 2000 SD's record makes more sense.
Seriously, that team was 1-8 in one-score games. 6 losses by 3 or less. If clutchness truly exists, they possessed its exact opposite.
#3 by Scott Kacsmar // Nov 08, 2013 - 5:11pm
I recall the 2000 Chargers taking me a long time to put in the database with all their close losses. For the season they finished 1-15 overall and 1-9 at GWD opportunities. Amazingly, they blew 7 fourth-quarter leads and registered 3 lost comebacks.
Yes, Ryan Leaf involved, but Jim Harbaugh was the QB for 4 of those GWD losses.
#4 by LionInAZ // Nov 08, 2013 - 8:21pm
I'm a bit shocked to see that the 2008 Lions aren't on the list, but it is true that their big failure was defense, not offense.
It would be interesting to see the converse-- which teams blew the most 4Q leads over the same span. I bet the Lions show up at least once on that list.
#5 by Scott Kacsmar // Nov 08, 2013 - 8:33pm
They're on the right. Every 0-8 team since the merger's there. I just decided to split table in half and stretch it instead of a longer vertical one. 2008 Lions were 0-5 at 4QC and blew three 4Q leads on their way to 0-8.