Back to square one – Game recap against the Chargers

Something is in the air in the West Coast lately which doesn’t taste well for the Jaguars. It was another disappointing loss over there, a game that was decided so early; that backup QB Luke McCown had 19 pass attempts…The Jaguars had 6 turnovers; all of them from their key offensive players. David Garrard had 4 interceptions and Maurice Drew and Mike Sims Walker fumbled 1 each. In the early part the defense tried to get the ball back 3 times (2 picks; and a forced fumble) in the first half; but in the second half they felled apart too.

477 total yards. We know the Chargers are good; but that statistic shows; that the Jaguars defense had a bad; bad day. Antonio Gates was a factor; but mostly in the red zone with 2 TD catches. The real contributors were Darren Sproles; FB Mike Tolbert and Malcolm Floyd. Tolbert and Sproles benefited from Ryan Matthews’s injury and both had a great day to running the ball too. This leads me to my 1st big concern: Terrance Knighton. Where is he lately? He must be dominating; and he didn’t do that 2 weeks in a row. Tyson Alualu also had a not so good day – did you heard his name often on Sunday? Because I didn’t… Derrick Harvey was nowhere again. Opposite to Aaron Kampman who is by far the Jaguars best player on the defense; and the only 1 player who put constant pressure to Rivers (alongside with Daryl Smith; who had the Jaguars only sack).  Larry Hart was once again nowhere; it’s time to see what Austin Lane can do; because so far neither Harvey nor Hart can rush the passer.

What else? We saw a couple more mistackle parade again; and sadly my fears about Mathis’s performance becoming true. That Malcolm Floyd 56 yard TD was his fault. Sadly this secondary once again showed; that can’t play well for 4 quarters. With that being said – Courtney Greene had a fantastic game: a forced fumble and a pick. What else can you ask from a backup SS? Not much. Another bright spot- David Jones had an interception too. This is more bad news for Derek Cox; who was inactive for this game. We can say this sadly: Knighton and Cox so far has a sophomore slump.

But the real concern I have is elsewhere. I name it- Maurice Jones Drew. He is not looking like the biggest threat of this team. Not even close. And not just because of the fumble 31 yards for 12 carry. Really? Meanwhile his back-up; Rashad Jennings had 38 yards for 9 carries. (which is a good news for the offense. He started to contribute big time) And his blocks looked often horrible. We always defended him; that he is the best all-around back of the NFL. I see nothing of it today. Slowly I start to believe that is something with that knee…

And David? After one of his best game; he had one of his worst. Although I must say 2; 5 of the 4 picks was not just his fault. The 3rd interception was horrible for sure. The 4th; I must see the tape; because he suffered another big hit. I was not okay with Koetter’s play calling either: slant run; slant all day long. And when the Jaguars finally started to look good; they made a turnover. By the way David will not have another 2007 season. Back then he had 3 picks in 12 games. Now in one game 4…By the way; his backup Luke McCown had a 100+ yard passing game on a regular season game. Sad note; he was injured and he will go to MRI soon…

On the bright side Marcedes Lewis; the 2 Mike’s (Sims-Walker and Thomas) and Jennings contributed very well. Jennings’s blocked punt is maybe the highlight of the game. Once again Zach Miler was nowhere; which is a little concern for me- since he is the big X-factor. Sadly Kassim Osgood not had that big day I expected from his return to San Diego…

Injury update: The Jaguars lost Justin Durant; and Luke McCown during thegame. Courtney Greene also hurt. We will see how bad the injuries of the first 2 are soon.

In conclusion; the Jaguars must do a lot of soul searching in the upcoming week. I would be not surprised if GM Gene will cut 1-2 players after this loss. I see again a lot of question marks (consistency; secondary; Knighton; Cox; MJD; just to name a few…). A very big game is on the horizon against the Eagles next Sunday. The Jaguars must find quick fixes; because they will need to win at least 1 of the next 2 home games; and neither one will be easy. They are sadly returned back to square one…

Zoltan Paksa

Topics: Jacksonville Jaguars

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  • http://bigcatcountry.com Collin

    Nice Zoltan! Great point about the Eagles coming to town. We can’t let this bad bad bad loss linger… WE had our chances, too many turnovers though. We couldn’t hold onto the football, cardinal rule one.

    I’m a bit worried because Vick is like Vince Young, but he doesn’t throw like a girl the way Vince Young does and he doesn’t make as many mistakes.

    -C

    • zoltanfrombudapest

      We will play guessing game all week along about who will be Phily’s QB – Vick or Kolb. If I will be Reid; I would try to fake about the situation as long as I could. We will see.

      By the waching the Colts tonight- I must say Phily is a “MUST WIN”. We have better chance against them; and it will be a very tough game…

      Thanks for stopping by Collin- by the way!

  • Mullayo

    Good article Zoltan.

    This is a game they should have blacked out in Jacksonville! Defaulting would be better Durant wouldn’t be injured and our confidence would be intact from week one.
    The shaken confidence is a big thing it’s momentum and Philly has it and so do the Colts. Peyton owned Eli and Freeney and Mathis had a field day. It could be worse against them if we don’t work things out.

    • zoltanfrombudapest

      Phily is a big game; I’m not going to lie- it’s another must win. The Jags must have a 2-2 record after Week 4 because of many reason (playoff hopes; ticketsales). And what I saw from Indy yesterday is scares me!

  • CB

    MJD has lost a step. He alos looks fat…but perhaps its an injury…whatever, he has lost his quickness in the hole.

    • zoltanfrombudapest

      I think it’s an injury. I think he is working hard; but something is not working.

  • kjones407

    We might be in for a long season.

    • zoltanfrombudapest

      If the Jags could fix the defense a bit more, and would be more consistent in offense; I say the rojected realistic plan (Around 8-8) is still can be archived!