Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Miami – Defensive Line play

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I have to say I was surprised that I thought the offensive line play was more encouraging than the defensive line play.  Having said that, I liked the intensity of the line. Last season, Chad Henne had all day to throw. On Saturday, he had to get the ball out more quickly. He has matured a lot and looks like a starting quarterback, but he was nervous to get the play off. 

If we could generate a coverage sack, that would be good. The coverage has to hold up longer for the defensive line to be effective. It is a classic cycle, more pressure makes the secondary look good, better coverage makes the defensive line look good.

So let’s take a look at it starting with Tyson Alualu’s supposed “first sack”. When the stadium announcer called out Alualu’s name as the guy who got Henne, we cheered. Upon closer look….

This is Aaron Kampman breaking in and getting Henne

Chad Henne didn’t want to let the ball go and Aaron Kampman finally broke through and caught him. As Henne was going down, Alualu was present.

Tyson got credit

What I saw from Tyson Alualu, quite honestly, was a rookie in his first game. He is testing his moves and maybe working through the injury to get a feel. Here is what I saw repeatedly from him.

Alualu has a good strong base.

Tyson clearly has a strong lower body. He also has a good bit of agility.

Tyson tries his spin move

He needs to refine some of that in the NFL

 I am not trying to say anything here except Tyson will have to gain more experience to turn his talent and potential into production.

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  • surteal

    thank you for the photos

    how was douzable?

    • http://www.blackandteal.com tkopa


      Thanks for stopping by. I was sitting in the rain with a poncho and a camera covered in plastic. I have to look at the pictures to see. I saw him in a few but will look it over and publish it if there is anything worth while in the photos. How’s that?


  • jagsoldier

    I am definetly more worried about the secondary. Like you said above, the D-Line is getting some more pressure on the QB which means he has less time to throw which in turn means that the secondary isnt forced to cover WRs for as long of a time. So why did Miami light us up so badly? Ill tell you why, they arent good enough plain and simple. Mathis didnt play and Cox seems to be struggling. The rest of them are average at best. Besides getting a new QB in the draft next year, Gene needs to focus on the secondary above all else.

    • http://www.blackandteal.com tkopa

      You are so right

  • zoltanfrombudapest

    WOW- just wow. Fantastic pictures- espcially if we see how bad was the wheather. Excellent coverage!

  • RL

    Um… If Ricky Waters ran up the middle of our D-line and almost broke it, then we are in serious trouble.

    • http://www.blackandteal.com tkopa

      I felt the same way. Up the middle is not a good place to be weak.