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The Titans annihilated the Jaguars and probably should have got Gus Bradley fired

The Titans carried a 27-0 lead to halftime and cruised to victory in the second half.

Jacksonville Jaguars v Tennessee Titans Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The Tennessee Titans did everything well, the Jacksonville Jaguars did nothing right, and by halftime the game was over. With their foot off the gas pedal in the second half, the Titans coasted on a 27-0 lead earned in the first 30 minutes and finished the game with a 36-22 victory that certainly looked like the end of the road for Gus Bradley.

With the loss, Bradley’s record as head coach of the Jaguars dropped to 14-41 — dropping what was already the worst win percentage of any coach in the Super Bowl era with at least 50 games.

A week ago, a 33-16 loss to the Oakland Raiders was enough to convince Jaguars owner Shad Khan to hold a meeting with players and coaches to find out what was wrong with the team. But Ian Rapoport of NFL Network said even that meeting didn’t mean the end was on the way and that Bradley “does have the rest of the season to stake his claim.”

Still, there was a sense of urgency and that the wins must come soon or else Bradley would be shown the door. And the ensuing performance was possibly the worst of Bradley’s entire 55 games with the Jaguars so far.

The statistics at halftime told the entire story. The Titans had 354 total yards and 20 first downs. The Jaguars had 60 total yards, three first downs, and 55 penalty yards.

For the Titans, it was exactly the type of game that the team had in mind when it traded for DeMarco Murray and drafted Derrick Henry. The pair bulldozed through the Jacksonville defense to the tune of 188 combined rushing yards.

It was balanced by an excellent performance by Marcus Mariota, who connected on a few deep passes, but mostly kept the Titans offense moving with efficient and accurate passing. He finished the day 18-of-22 passing for 270 yards with two touchdowns and even helped block on a touchdown run for Murray.

On the other side, Blake Bortles struggled for most of the night. While he finished 33-of-54 passing with 337 yards, three touchdowns, and zero interceptions, his poor play came early and it was garbage time that allowed him to put together a deceptively great stat line.

The win got the Titans back to .500 and earned the team a possible share of first place in the AFC South if the Detroit Lions beat the Houston Texans on Sunday. While Tennessee has road games in three of the next four weeks, all of the games look winnable and are followed by a Week 13 bye.

For Jacksonville, there’s no reprieve. The team had an early bye week and has a road trip to play the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 9. Typically teams like to wait for a bye week to make a coaching change, but the 10-day break until the team’s next matchup is as good of a time as any to show Bradley the door.