The Jacksonville Jaguars are a broken football team
After a 40-7 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, the Jacksonville Jaguars must fix whatever is wrong with their football team.
The numbers don’t tell the whole story. After a 40-7 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, the Jacksonville Jaguars have become a team in free fall. The juggernaut that was supposed to compete for a Super Bowl ring is now one of the “also-rans” trying to keep its head above water.
The Jaguars have surrendered 70 points in their last two games. Their offense has managed 21 points. The offense has been a study of inconsistency and injury. The defense has been the subject of criticism for not being as good as advertised.
The Cowboys played sandlot football on Sunday, picking apart the Jaguars defense with the run game and then showed it could pick its spots underneath with short and intermediate passes.
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"“Obviously a poor performance, starting with me. I’ve got to do a better job. I told the players, ‘We’ve got to coach better, we’ve got to play better,’” Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said after the game according to the Jaguars public relations department.“I don’t think there’s anything you can say, ‘Well, hey, we’ve got to build on this or build on that.’ Right now we’ve got to get back, we’ve got to get to work. It’s my responsibility. I take full responsibility for it and I will get this team right, so, a lot of work ahead of us and we’re going to have to grind this thing out,” he added."
For four quarters, the Jaguars and their coaching staff had no answers for the home team and now the potential of playing in the postseason looks meeker than it has in two seasons. While the finger pointing will continue toward quarterback Blake Bortles and the stagnant passing game, the offensive line was once again at fault for forcing the signal caller to play faster than he is used to. And when the running game seems to be effective, the team must abandon that part of the game plan to overcome falling behind early.
The defense was abused by the running attack featuring Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott and wide receiver Cole Beasley, a player you could not identify on a street corner.
To say this was a dismal effort is being generous. This is a family website, so I’ll leave my true thoughts to myself.
The issues with the Jaguars aren’t solvable with some salve or bandaid. Dallas gashed the defensive line on run plays and exposed the secondary on pass plays. The zone coverage implemented by defensive coordinator Todd Wash was exposed time and time again.
Marrone said the communication between the coaching staff and the players must improve.
"“Early on, a lot of miscommunication. We also have miscommunication at all three levels. When you have miscommunication at all three levels, obviously, you’ve got to take a good look at yourself,” he explained. “I’ve got to take a good look at what we’re doing, making sure we’re not doing too much and then we’ve got to coach it better and we’ve got to go out there and perform better. It’s not just one group with all three levels that we’ve had an issue with.”"
The Jaguars come home to prepare for a divisional game with Houston, a team that has won three in a row, The Texans, Tennessee Titans and Jaguars stand 3-3 on the season, tied for first place in the AFC South.
"It’s not how the Jaguars are losing, it’s how they are losing. According to Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com, “Per ESPN Stats & Information, the Jaguars have allowed 44 points in the first half of their last two games (Dallas and Kansas City). They had allowed a league-low 12 in the first half of their first four games.”"
Something has to change. At this time last season, they also sat 3-3 before facing the Indianapolis Colts in front of the bye week. Now, they must not look ahead to a showdown in London with the Philadelphia Eagles in two weeks.