Jacksonville Jaguars Progress Report: Week 1 is a downer
Sep 13, 2015; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) and running backBernard Pierce
(30) and guardBrandon Linder
(65) watch as wide receiverRashad Greene
(13) is looked at by staff during the second half against the Carolina Panthers at EverBank Field. The Panthers defeat the Jaguars 20-9. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Is the offense making progress: NO
I comically predicted the Jaguars would pile up 400 yards on offense on Sunday… the team didn’t really come close at all.
Blake Bortles and his peers only managed 265 yards of total offense, with Bortles in particular struggling. The second year QB put up a paltry 4.6 yards per attempt on 40 attempts. There were some key drops by receivers (most surprisingly by Allen Robinson), but a majority of the struggles on offense could be pinned on Bortles. He looked inaccurate and indecisive, and he never really managed to recover from a pick-6 that looked disturbingly like a play he made during his rookie season against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
That’s the most discouraging part of the offense’s performance on Sunday – it just looked way too much like the same ineffective group that scored 20 points in only 4 games in 2014. The Jaguars were supposed to be better on that side of the ball and it was not at all on display against the Panthers.
Next: The defense stagnates