Well, after some hours of pure disappointment here in Chile, I’m back to give my take on the Jaguars’ awful loss against the Chargers.
The Good: Rashad Jennings was the team’s best player, by far. He blocked another punt (the second in 2010), and ran with power and purpose. Also, he’s a threat in the passing game. Suddenly, the team has a real 1-2 punch at RB.
- Josh Scobee is doing something that he couldn’t do well last season: hitting between 40-49 yards. Field Goals from that distance make or break a kicker. So far, Scobee’s good.
- Meester, Nwaneri, Monroe: outside of a couple of plays, those three were solid in San Diego. Brad is playing way better, and Eugene was solid. Britton and Smiley weren’t as sharp.
- Aaron Kampman: he’s kinda good.
The Disappointments: I don’t care about the West Coast thing. The worst part about Sunday’s game is the fact that we can’t compete against truly good teams. Yeah, the Jaguars almost beat the Colts last season, but what about the Patriots game? The Chargers? I’m not even asking about winning the game, just make it competitive, once.
- The secondary: Sean Considine isn’t good enough. We need a veteran here, because now we have just one good corner (Mathis) and one decent safety (Anthony Smith). Kudos to David Jones and Courtney Greene for competing, but they’re on the field just because of injuries and Derek Cox’s recent meltdown.
- David Garrard: he’s just a bad QB on the road. He’s good at home, in general: The result: average.
The Surprises: I expected the Jaguars to stop the run at least. Didn’t happen. Knighton and Harvey played? They were invisible.
- I didn’t expect Kirk Morrison to be so slow. He’s Wali Rainer 2.0 at this point.
Next week: I bet the Jaguars bounce back and create 2 or 3 turnovers from Michael Vick. Garrard bounces back at home with a solid performance. The defense surrenders more than 350 yards, but not a lot of points. Jaguars win 24-20.