Players not happy with Jaguars recent performance on the field
By David Levin
After a 0-4 record in October, members of the Jacksonville Jaguars welcome the upcoming bye week but know there is work to be done when they return.
The mood in the Jacksonville Jaguars locker room the past few weeks hasn’t been the same. Losing football games and searching for answers as to why the team is in its current tailspin hasn’t been a reason for joy.
Now that the team is off this coming week, there is a chance to exhale but refocus of the task at hand. Bottom line, the Jaguars are currently 3-5 and looking up at both the Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans in the AFC South. Answers must be found on offense where the running game has been MIA and play calling has been suspect.
On defense, injuries in the secondary are now a concern and finding a solution to a run defense that has been as porous as Swiss cheese the past month.
"“We’re underachievers right now,” defensive end Calais Campbell said on Monday."
He wasn’t mincing words. It’s not an offense or defense problem. It’s a Jaguars problem that must be solved if this franchise is to make a push toward the playoffs.
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Campbell and the defense tightened up on Sunday but still allowed the Philadelphia Eagles to move the ball at will at times. The team did get two turnovers, including an interception by Jalen Ramsey. Campbell still has high expectations for the second half of the season.
"“This team will be there when it matters,” Campbell said."
The Jaguars did have four sacks on the day of Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz. Hopefully, it is a sign of things to come.
The Jaguars and Eagles both had 62 plays on the day, but Philadelphia had 22 first downs and 60 more yards of offense, 395 to 335. Both quarterbacks, Wentz and Blake Bortles, threw for 286 yards. Wentz tossed three touchdowns. Bortles had one with no interceptions.
"“We’re happy to have a bye week,” Pro Bowl defensive tackle Malik Jackson said. “There’s a lot going on around here and things haven’t been going our way. I think the guys are focused on getting out of here mentally and rebooting.”"
While the players left TIAA Bank Field on Monday and got away for the week, the coaching staff will be charged with figuring out how the team got to this point. Injuries have played a huge role in the success and failure in Jacksonville, but play calling on both sides of the ball has been questioned by the media and the fans.
Jacksonville returns to the field on Nov. 11 when they travel to Indianapolis. The organization hopes to have running back Leonard Fournette back in the lineup. The Jaguars are 25th in the NFL in rushing and 17th in passing.
There is still plenty of football to be played.
"“Everybody understands what we need to do and where we need to be,” Jackson said. “We just have to get it done.”"