After the deaths of both Bum Phillips and Bud Adams, plus a game where Oliver Luck got national exposure watching his famous son send the Denver Broncos to the first defeat of the season, perhaps it’s fitting that the Houston Oilers of the early 1980s are a subject of conversation in Jacksonville.
But the Luv Ya Blue edition of the Oilers isn’t the one to whom the Jaguars are being compared.
This was more like Loathe Ya Blue.
Until the Jaguars’ uncompetitive 0-7 start, the NFL’s last team to drop its first seven games of a season by 10 or more points was the 1984 Oilers.
Phillips was no longer affiliated with them – he had been hired by the New Orleans Saints in the wake of a one-win season in 1980 when their fans popularized the habit of expressing disgust by wearing paper bags over their heads. And Luck, the Oilers’ starter in 1983, was relegated to backing up Warren Moon.
Like the Jaguars, the Oilers had a first-year coach. Hugh Campbell had been the coach of the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League when Moon was the quarterback for their five Grey Cup championship teams. Gus Bradley might not want to note that Campbell lasted less than two seasons before being replaced by defensive coordinator Jerry Glanville and never coached again in the NFL.
The Oilers suffered 10 consecutive double-digit losses before getting off the schneid with a 17-16 victory at Kansas City.
Should the Jaguars fall handily to the San Francisco 49ers, the Tennessee Titans and the Arizona Cardinals, their 11th game comes against Houston’s current team, the Texans.