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Jags fans ratchet up pressure on ownership to move on from GM

Various reports have said that Trent Baalke (l) is not well liked in NFL coaching circlesGETTY IMAGES

Frustrated fans are "revolting against the Jaguars" and have Owner Shad Khan "in their crosshairs," according to Mark Long of the AP. Hundreds, if not thousands, of fans have "changed their social media profile pics to a clown donning Khan’s signature mustache." And they have "started replying to every Jaguars post or live feed with countless clown emojis." They also are "planning to don clown costumes -- red rubber noses, face paint and colorful wigs, at the very least" -- when the Jaguars host the Colts at TIAA Bank Field on Sunday. The goal is to "persuade Khan" to fire GM Trent Baalke. Per reports, Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich "declined to interview with the Jaguars during the final two weeks of the regular season," leaving many to wonder "whether Baalke’s presence was an issue" (AP, 1/3).

TIME FOR HELP: In Jacksonville, John Reid writes from Khan to Baalke to former coach Urban Meyer, they are "all contributors to why the Jaguars have hit rock bottom" at 2-14. That is "why Khan must make the right hire for the next head coach." He should "make a clean sweep in making changes." The Meyer experiment "did not work," and the page should be "turned entirely with no holdovers in decision-making jobs in the front office." Khan should "put aside pride" and seek help from the NFL to "stabilize his franchise with advisement on the coaching search and what would be the best front office structure going forward such as hiring someone in charge of football operations, along with having a general manager." Reid: "With this much ineptness -- 10 losing seasons in 11 years -- intervention by the league might be the only solution at this point" (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 1/4).

INDUSTRY ALSO HAS QUESTIONS: CBSSN’s Jason La Canfora said Baalke is “not very well liked in coaching circles," and it is seen around the industry as "kind of bizarre that the Khans have already hitched their wagon to Trent Baalke coming out of dysfunctional scenario and a one year-and-done with Urban Meyer.” CBSSN’s London Fletcher also said he was "very surprised" that the Jaguars and Khan decided to stick with Baalke "instead of doing a total rebuild” (“That Other Pregame Show,” CBSSN, 1/2).

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