Jacksonville Jaguars: Someone needs to take one for the team
By Kathy Clark
The Jacksonville Jaguars entered the season with high expectations. First a division championship, then a conference championship, and finally a trip to the Super Bowl.
To state that the hopes of the Jacksonville Jaguars are crumbling into dust is a fact. The team is finger pointing and angry. Generally, this situation leads to a scapegoat to stop the bleeding. Who will be our scapegoat?
There are several choices for a scapegoat. Three choices come to mind: Poor preseason planning, Blake Bortles, and defensive coordinator Todd Wash. The problem is obviously not one person but a message needs to be sent that this cannot continue.
Poor preseason planning
The management made some poor decisions during the draft and free agency. The first-round draft choice was a defensive lineman. That was an odd choice for a team with a limited offense. A better choice could have been an extra running back.
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Wait…we have Leonard Fournette. But he is frequently injured and we need a stable of backs for a run-first offense. If not a runner then an offensive lineman. Not a project but an immediate starter.
We let Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns leave and replaced them with Marquise Lee, often injured, and Donte Moncrief who is average has shown little to warrant a big one-year deal from this team.
We added Austin Seferian Jenkins who is….you guessed it….often injured.
Many want to defend Bortles and blame the offensive line, injuries, etc. The bottom line is that he is a well below average quarterback with poor mechanics, an inability to see the field, and a tendency to panic and revert to old habits.
He seems to be a very nice person but this is the NFL, not the little league. The NFL is a quarterback-driven league.
The Jaguars defense has not played well this season. Todd Wash is the defensive coordinator and refuses to make changes. The once proud Jaguars defense is no longer creating turnovers and is unable to stop the run. The anger among the defensive players exploded in the locker room on Sunday.
An article by Zack Goodall states the defensive problems very well.
"“Despite an all-pro caliber secondary, the Jaguars overage scheme has been incredibly poor and bland….They run a heavy mix of primarily cover 3 and off-man coverage with sprinkles of prevent defense.”"
This is a holdover of the Gus Bradley days and opposing teams have figured out how to stop it. Todd Walsh has turned the Jaguar into a kitten.
Where do we go from here
Something must be done! The endless discussion of injuries, which all teams have is not credible any longer. Back to the basic won’t work if the basics are not correct. I await some sane decisions with no excuses.
I have followed the Jaguars since day one and my heart hurts to see our team lose their way.
JAGUARS FAN FOR LIFE! Go Jaguars!