It isn’t just Laurent Robinson who thinks the Jaguars need a faster paced offense. The team is considerably more upbeat and moving when the offense chooses to go no huddle or “sugar huddle.” Despite a Laurent Robinson fumble, the team was moving the ball better than it did all game with the no huddle offense. Without a strong running game the team needs to find a way to throw the defense off balance since their offense isn’t balanced.
The no huddle may just be the answer.
The Jaguars, according to Robinson, are confident in the no huddle. Teams like the Indianapolis Colts under Peyton Manning, the new-look Ravens, and the New England Patriots have all found success using the no huddle in the modern NFL. In a game that is focusing more and more on the pass and speed, the Jags can change things up by using the speed f their game rather than trying to get more acceleration out of offensive players that just aren’t built for it.
Mike Mayock made a good point on Thursday, saying that the Jaguars need to find a way to get the defense further off the line. A way to do that is with the vertical passing game. By using the no huddle the team can also create mismatches for their offensive personnel by wearing down the defense in their package as they try to sub players in to compete with whatever the Jags are running.
It looked like Blaine Gabbert was playing better in the no huddle on Thursday as well. He looks most in control when he is directing traffic and calling audibles. I don’t want to make too many comparisons to Manning, but on some of his drives on Thursday Gabbert looked like the old Jagurs’ arch rival. If he knows the playbook well enough and remains in control of the offense, maybe it’s best that OC Bob Bratkowski let Gabbert do his thing more.
- Luke N. Sims
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