Nov 23, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) is sacked by Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Chris Clemons (91) during the first quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports
Chris Clemons: +3.3 Overall, +0.2 Run Defense, +2.9 Pass Rush
Ziggy Hood: +2.3 Overall, +0.1 Run Defense, +2.1 Pass Rush
Geno Hayes: +1.8 Overall, +0.8 Run Defense, +1.2 Pass Coverage
As ineffective as the offense was, the Jacksonville defense was equally effective. I’ve given Chris Clemons a lot of grief for disappearing often this season, but he had easily the best performance of any defensive lineman this year. Clemons had 3 sacks in the first quarter alone, and his forced fumble was the first time all season the Jaguars shifted the momentum early in the game. He was significantly more dominant than he had been at any other point this season, and hopefully that continues moving forward.
Ziggy Hood had one of his biggest workloads of the season (30 snaps) and he had his best game of the year. He contributed 3 QB hurries and a QB hit to a dominant performance along the defensive line, and he helped spell Sen’Derrick Marks to keep him fresh. Geno Hayes had one of his most balanced outings of the season, playing solid in both run defense and back in coverage. He’s helped the Jaguars look a lot better in the middle of the defense this year compared to last year.
Sherrod Martin: -1.7 Overall, -0.8 Pass Coverage, -1.0 Penalty
Josh Evans: -1.6 Overall, -1.7 Run Defense, 0.0 Pass Coverage
Red Bryant: -1.5 Overall, -0.5 Run Defense, -1.2 Pass Rush
The Jaguars started to slip a little bit defensively in the second half, but it was mostly due to the complete ineptitude on offense. The Jacksonville defense was on the field for 76 snaps, while the Colts defense was only on the field for 55. It’s not surprising that the defense started to show some fatigue. Sherrod Martin was credited with a missed tackle that led to 14 yards after the catch, but he was not a liability outside of that. Josh Evans was credited with 2 missed tackles, while Red Bryant apparently had a rough day pass rushing. Considering that’s not really his job, it’s not too concerning. Again, the Jaguars’ defense was not the issue on Sunday, and it’s reflected in the grades.