The Jacksonville Jaguars have no idea what they're doing. I have proof.
No, it's not their horrific record over the past decade, although that's a large enough sample size of futility to be convincing.
It's also not the poor draft choices, coaching hires, or free agent signings, although they've clearly had more misses than hits in each of those categories.
It's the very clear lack of foresight the Jags showed when deciding to place the fifth-year option on incumbent signal caller Blake Bortles and re-sign veteran Chad Henne to be the only back-up with any experience on the roster.
The combination of those two moves, juxtaposed with the team making it clear the starting position is now up for grabs after just the second preseason game, is really the only information anybody needs to know that Jacksonville needs a clue.
It's a shame, because I am rooting for the Jags. I don't like it when a team has been down as long as they have. It's not good for the fans. It's not good for the players. It's not good for anybody.
Unfortunately, given that the latest inexplicable decisions were made with former head coach Tom Coughlin now at the helm in charge of personnel, it is hard to envision it getting any better anytime soon.
Sure, the Jaguars could have had confidence that Bortles would have a good year and want to protect themselves financially in that event by having him under contract for 2018. I'd understand wanting to stay the course with him.
But then you can't bench Bortles -- or whatever it is they are doing -- after the second preseason game.
If the Jaguars end up benching him in a more permanent way, as many suspect, they can't even use Bortles as the backup quarterback, because the firth-year year option is guaranteed, meaning if he gets a significant enough injury this season and can't pass a physical in March, the Jags are on the hook for over $19 million in 2018. Brutal.
Even if Bortles has an unbelievable bounce back year, the Jags could've just franchise tagged him for a few million more than the option amount if they couldn't get a long-term deal done before free agency.
Instead, the team is paying over $3.2 million in fully guaranteed money now to a player that they cannot afford to really do much of anything with because of the financial risk associated with an injury.
Of course, the Jags aren't the only team to show a lack of foresight at the quarterback position recently.
The Redskins' dance with Kirk Cousins has been well documented, but the bottom line there is that Washington could only afford to franchise tag him in 2016 rather than sign him to the reasonable deal Cousins reportedly would've accepted at that time if the team knew it would do whatever it took to get a long-term deal done with him this offseason.
Alas, Washington was not able to get that deal done, and as a result, the Redskins are now in a terrible position with the best quarterback the franchise has had in more than 20 years.
But the Jags' situation with Bortles is even worse for all the reasons previously mentioned. It's unconscionable that they would move on from him after one subpar preseason game, given the moves they made this offseason -- yet that is evidently what is happening.
There's a reason why bad teams stay bad. Lack of a coherent plan -- or really thinking about the possible scenarios that could play out -- is as big a reason as any.
Sorry, Jags fans. You deserve better.