JACKSONVILLE – Let’s get down to business…
Jeremy from Jacksonville via Miami
We all know it’s unrealistic to expect another shutout win on Sunday, especially on the road. But I think it’s fair to expect a bounce-back game. I thought the Jaguars would have after losing to the Philadelphia Eagles with the Houston Texans at home. The young team has to respond this week in Indy, right? We can’t drop three in a row, can we?
This is the NFL and the Jaguars are not a great team yet. As such, they can react – and bounce back – on Sunday and still lose. The Colts do indeed play at home and will have their top two wide receivers – Alec Pierce and Michael Pittman – not playing in Week 2 in a 24-0 loss to the Jaguars in Jacksonville. I expect Sunday to be close with both teams scoring in the low twenties or high teens. That’s the kind of game the Colts have been winning lately. The Jaguars lost those kinds of games to the Texans last Sunday. The game will likely come down to scoring in the red zone. That was sometimes not the strongest side of the Jaguars this season. They should be good there on Sunday.
Jaguars Head Coach Doug Pederson said he needs to see Cover 2 more. Brace yourself because until he beats him, he’s going to see it all season.
Indeed, Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence has struggled with Cover 2 looks at times, and he has sometimes struggled with the Texan Cover 2 schedule on Sunday. Last Sunday he also experienced very good moments. Patience is of the utmost importance here, as to beat Cover 2 you will need to take checkdowns and short passes. That will be the focus on Sunday. Lawrence won’t be seeing Cover 2 every week. On Sunday, he’ll see Cover 3, because that’s what former Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley—now the Colts’ defensive coordinator—runs. And Lawrence won’t always see Cover 2 run as well as the Texans. But he will indeed see versions of it until he learns to beat it. Doubtless.
O – In pre-season we had a lot of drama with our kickers. I don’t think anyone would have been surprised if the kicker carousel continued in the season or cost us a few games. The fact that Riley Patterson solidified the position and blocked the track is remarkable. I think he deserves a slow 80s style slap!
Readers call Jags a bad team. Bad teams don’t rule out the Colts. Bad teams don’t stomp the Chargers down the road. Bad teams don’t lose to the Eagles by one score by giving the ball away five times. We may not be great, but we’re not bad. Come on Trevor!!
The Jaguars were too bad against the Texans in Week 5, not good enough against the Washington Commanders in Week 1 and Philadelphia Eagles in Week 4 and really good in most games against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 3 and Indianapolis Colts in Week 2. Overall, they were okay this season after being really bad for two seasons.
Pederson grabbed the “points” three times inside the 10-yard line in the first half against the Chargers. I don’t think he’s being aggressive just to be cool, like a lot of coaches, but he considers every situation with care and consideration.
Pederson has coached in the playoffs three times and won a Super Bowl – all while with the Eagles. His philosophy on being aggressive is about percentages and taking advantage of potential touchdown/field position situations when decisions make sense in the big picture. Plus he’s cool enough. He doesn’t have to make aggressive in-game decisions to verify it.
Diego from the south of Tierra del Fuego
Since the Jaguars’ brain trust can’t design plays to score touchdowns in the red zone, why don’t they watch a movie of the top teams being successful and copy them? Duh. Diego for Offensive Coordinator.
It’s always coaching in the NFL.
Only 10 sacks in five games, bottom third of the league in that category. Our D-Line is expensive… thoughts?
The Jaguars defense is ninth in the NFL in yards allowed and fourth in points allowed. They are sixth in the NFL against the run, and that includes a game where they rush for 210 yards (Eagles). Much of the money on the defensive line – and the front seven – was spent with the idea of being stronger and better against the run, and you don’t play defense at the level the Jaguars have played in five games with poor defense . line. It hasn’t been a big pass-rushing group yet. There aren’t many signs yet that it will be a great pass-rushing group. It has put quarterbacks at least enough pressure for the most part, with one exception this past Sunday against the Texans and quarterback Davis Mills. If this group stays healthy, I expect it will continue to be okay to rush the passerby. It doesn’t seem likely to be dominant.
Oh man! Where’s Walker Little? Put that beast over there with guard.
A second-round selection by the Jaguars in the 2021 NFL Draft, Walker Little is the Jaguars’ swing tackle after competing at right tackle with Jawaan Taylor in 2022 Training Camp. Little could be an option at guard if swing guard/center Tyler Shatley doesn’t work as the starting left guard, a position Shatley now plays following a season-ending injury to starter Ben Barch. But I suspect Cole Van Lanen is an option for Little there. Stay tuned.
Jason from Green Cove Springs, FL
It seems that all fans are cracking down on Lawrence, which can be earned. No one seems to indicate that the receivers didn’t really help him either. I counted at least 15 drops in the past two weeks. It also seems to me that they don’t get as much separation as they did during the first three weeks. Do you fully agree with my assessment?
Lawrence has had some otherworldly good throws over the past few weeks. He also had some terrible decisions in the red zone that were key plays in two losses. Last week against Houston, he also tried to force too many passes downfield. The receivers sometimes didn’t seem that open in the last two weeks and had too many drops. The trustees and Lawrence could – and should – help each other. Both areas should – and should – play better to move forward.
Elite teams beat teams they should beat, and they are competitive against other elite teams. The Jaguars are not elite. Bad teams are often uncompetitive in any game. The Jaguars aren’t bad either. They’re a team that’s been competitive in every game they’ve played, even if they haven’t played great in all of them. There seems to be this idea that a team can only be great or terrible. There are plenty of middle class teams. That’s what the Jags are. A team in the middle, hopefully on the rise.
Elite NFL teams also lose to OK teams, but you’re pretty accurate in your assessment. The Jaguars are not elite. They were terrible for two seasons, so it would honestly be kind of shocking if they were elite at all. They seem mediocre now. Maybe they’ll improve on that. I have a feeling they will hang out there all season and improve going forward. Stay tuned.
Re: “it will take over a year to make this team a postseason winner.” How long did the 1996 Jaguars take? What about the 2017 Jags? The victories are within reach. You just need to make the plays because deep down any true fan definitely knows it’s true.
It seems Trevor wants to play hero ball and not just take what the defense gives him.
I wouldn’t call this Lawrence’s defining characteristic. He took what the defense gave up pretty well in Week 2 against the Colts. He’s been struggling at times lately, especially against the Texans. The Colts will try to make it a weakness on Sunday. It is an important storyline in this game and moving forward.
J from Mandarin from Jacksonville, FL
Longtime Steeler fan. Saw Terry Bradshaw wrestle for three seasons. Often replaced by Terry Hanratty and Joe Gilliam. Then he won four Super Bowls. Trevor is our man, so fans don’t freak out just yet.
A very accurate old school Steeltown dude from Trevor.
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