JACKSONVILLE – The red zone remains a major theme around the Jaguars.
Offensive coordinator Press Taylor discussed it Thursday and Trevor Lawrence discussed it Wednesday, as the second-year running back said of the offense’s repeated mistakes this season near the opposing end zone: “We have to eliminate them.”
Taylor called the team’s problems in that area “an execution thing.”
“We feel like we have an identity of who we want to be down there,” Taylor said Thursday morning as the Jaguars (2-6) prepared to take on the Las Vegas Raiders (2-5) at TIAA Bank Field on Sunday at 13 hours. “Our biggest problem is turning the football over in the red zone.
“It’s just taking points off the board.”
The Jaguars rank ninth in the NFL in total yards (363.0) and 20th in scoring (21.5). They’re 24th in red-zone touchdown percentage at 50 percent with 14 touchdowns in 28 possessions, and four of their 10 turnovers have come in the red zone: Lawrence’s interception vs. Philadelphia in Week 4, end-zone interception vs. Houston in Week 5 , an error lost by Travis Etienne Jr.’s run. against the New York Giants in Week 7 and an interception in the end zone against Denver last Sunday.
The Jaguars led or had a chance to lead at the time of all four turnovers, and the Jaguars lost all four games by a score or less.
“You can never turn the football over, especially over there,” Taylor said. “At worst, we’re procrastinating. We get three points. It changes the complexion of the game. I feel it can be improved – just putting a premium on protecting the football.
“It’s just continuing to look at those situations, learning from those situations, not repeating those situations. For him (Lawrence) and our offensive lineman, we learn from every single play that happens.
“We want to work to correct those mistakes and never repeat them.”
The Jaguars have had three games this season in which they have scored a touchdown or field goal on every red zone possession. Here are their top three games of the season: a 24-0 Week 2 win over the Indianapolis Colts (two touchdowns), a 38-10 Week 3 win over the Los Angeles Chargers (three field goals, three touchdowns) and a 34 -27 Week 6 loss to Colts (three touchdowns).
“We’ve just got to limit the mistakes and make sure we’re doing everything we’re asked to do and not trying to play out of character,” Jaguars linebacker Christian Kirk said. “We’ve just got to finish down there. That’s a big deal. We leave it to the coaches to put us in the right position.
“We just have to go down there and execute.”