Originally posted on This Given Sunday  |  Last updated 11/9/12
Last night's game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Jacksonville Jaguars was one of the worst NFL games in my recent memory. The final score wasn't outrageous (27-10 in favor of the Colts), but the way the Jaguars lost was just ugly. At 1-8, the Jaguars are the worst team in the NFL, and their play has regressed so far this season. With so much going wrong, it appears that owner Shahid Khan will be launching a full-scale rebuild at the end of the season, but what exactly does that mean? What follows is a simplistic blueprint for rebuilding a franchise as quickly as possible. 1) Blow it up. The first step of rebuilding a franchise is to wipe the slate clean. That includes a new general manager and a new coaching staff. Gene Smith took over as general manager of the Jaguars in 2009, and the team hasn't improved. Mike Mularkey took over at the beginning of this year. He may be safe as the head coach, but if I was Shahid Khan, I'd fire everyone. 2) Cut dead weight. By that I mean a team in full-scale rebuild mode (think the Colts following the 2011 season) needs to identify players that aren't pulling their weight and get rid of all of them. Keep the core players that have talent and be rid of everyone else. 3) Pick an identity. Every great team in the NFL has a distinct style of play. It's important for a general manager and a head coach to shape their team to the style of football they want to play. 4) Hit homeruns with high draft picks. The final big piece of a rebuild is to find playmakers with early round draft picks, especially when picking in the top ten or five. The Jaguars have drafted Tyson Alualu, Blaine Gabbert and Justin Blackmon inside the top ten under Gene Smith. Among that group, Alualu has been okay, Gabbert has been awful most of the time, and the verdict on Justin Blackmon is still out, although early returns aren't great. That's it. Obviously, my plan is extremely simple, but that's what a team's owner needs to do when things go sour as they have for the Jaguars, among others, this season. Blow up the front office, and bring in new people. That's what I expect Shahid Khan to do at the end of the season, but he won't be the only owner to hit the reset button in January. [follow]
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Craig Sager to receive Jimmy V Award for Perseverance

Tracy McGrady jokes: ‘If Bradley Beal is a max player, I’m coming back’

The spectacular nonsense of Cavs, Raptors

Report: Ronald Leary requests trade from Cowboys

Pacers reportedly interested in hiring Nick Van Exel as assistant coach


How Alex Rodriguez’s injury has helped the New York Yankees

Report: Baylor fires president amid ongoing sexual assault scandal

Report: Titans OL Byron Bell to miss season with ankle injury

Sanchez surprises all, starts OTAs with Broncos 1st team

Le'Veon Bell: Bengals, other teams try to injure me

Report: Tyler Eifert needs ankle surgery, out three months

Charles Barkley: 'I’ve never seen the NBA as bad as it is'

NFL owners vote to tweak instant replay for 2016 season

Is Kris Bryant becoming an elite defender?

Over half of Finland watched the World Championship gold medal game

Dikembe Mutombo didn’t give Bismark Biyombo permission for finger wag

Mark Davis: Move to Las Vegas would ‘unite the Raider nation’

Spanish Olympic sailors assaulted in Rio de Janeiro

Twins announcer Dick Bremer confronted by player for negative commentary

Eddie Lacy not yet at target weight for Packers

Three possible destinations for Rick Nash

Super Bowl locations through 2021 announced at 2016 NFL Spring Meeting

Tom Brady receives support from science professors in Deflategate fight

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The five most disappointing MLB teams this season

QUIZ: Identify these NHL Hall of Famers by their nicknames

QUIZ: Name every winner of the Belmont Stakes since 1867

Sniping quotes highlight NHL conference finals animosity

QUIZ: Name every NBA franchise's original incarnation

The 15 biggest playoff upsets in NBA history

Cy Young Award contenders at the quarter mark of the season

QUIZ: Name the NHL franchises that have never won the Stanley Cup

How the goalies stack up in the Stanley Cup Conference Finals

Ranking the four potential NBA Finals matchups

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker