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Jaguars owner Shad Khan has big decisions to make once his franchise’s worst season comes to a close, says Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. Beyond GM Gene Smith and coach Mike Mularkey, the team needs to decide whether to try to re-sign Derek Cox and Daryl Smith and sort out what to do with quarterback Blaine Gabbert.
There is still time for Gabbert to win over the Jaguars, says Gene Frenette of the Times-Union. “You don't give up on a top-10 quarterback pick after two of the most abnormal seasons in franchise history.”
Should Mike Munchak get a third season? “Personally, I don’t think so,” says David Climer of The Tennessean. “The body of work simply doesn’t justify it. Six of the Titans’ 10 losses have been by three touchdowns or more. Rather than improve as the season has progressed, the Titans are coming off a 55-7 blowout at Green Bay. But with owner Bud Adams turning 90 this week, there is little reason to suspect he has the stomach for a second coaching change in two years.”
It’s not all bad news for Munchak. John Glennon of The Tennessean looks at what Munchak can show Adams to defend his performance and hold onto his job.
• Atlanta (13-2) has clinched the South title and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
• Green Bay (11-4) has clinched the North and can clinch a first-round bye with a victory over the Vikings or a loss by San Francisco.
• San Francisco (10-4-1) has clinched a playoff spot. Can clinch the West title with a victory over Arizona or a Seattle loss to St. Louis. Can clinch a first-round bye with a victory and a Green Bay loss to the Vikings.
• Washington (9-6) can win the East by beating Dallas.
• Seattle (10-5) has clinched a wild-card spot; can clinch the West with a victory over the Rams and a San Francisco loss.
• The Vikings (9-6) can clinch a wild-card spot by beating the Packers on Sunday. The Vikings also can make the playoffs, with a loss, if Dallas, Chicago and the N.Y. Giants lose.
• Chicago (9-6) can make the playoffs with a victory at Detroit and a Vikings loss.
• Dallas (8-7) can win the East by beating Washington.
• The New York Giants (8-7) can make the playoffs with a victory against Philadelphia and losses by the Vikings, Dallas and Chicago.