Jaguars offensive coordinator John DeFilippo knows the team must have a better showing this Sunday at Cincinnati.
John DeFilippo stood at the podium at his allotted time with the media on Thursday and took the blame for the way the Jaguars offense performed in the 13-6 loss to the Saints last Sunday.
This week’s preparation for Jacksonville’s road game at Cincinnati has been to make sure those mistakes do not happen again.
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"“Obviously, a tough game on Sunday for us. Not the best performance by anybody, starting with myself. I did not feel like I did a good enough job of putting our players in position to have success. Starting with me, there is no doubt I need to do a better job than I did on Sunday,” DeFilippo said.“That is our challenge going forward here: making sure our guys are in spots to be able to make plays. Obviously, we have a tough game on the road this week in Cincinnati. They have some good players on defense and like every week in the NFL, I don’t care what the record is, you have your hands full. We have to be ready to go.”"
The Jaguars face a winless Bengals team that is desperate for a victory but also have their own challenges with injuries this week. It is also a week where Gardner Minshew has a chance to bounce back from his worst outing of the season against New Orleans. On paper, this looks like a mismatch of teams on the field, but in the NFL anything is possible.
The last thing the coaching staff needs is for the Jaguars to fall to 2-5 and be “that team” to end the Bengals misery. Minshew making adjustments as well this week in preparation for Sunday should help this team adjust to attempting to end a two-game losing streak.
"“There are a lot of things that go into playing quarterback in this league from protection to routes to changing the protection to what the defense is giving you,” DeFilippo explained.“You just have to make sure that these guys understand that they do not need to be superman every week to go out and win. We have plenty of players around him at every position on our offense to be able to go out and help him win a football game.”"
The Jaguars are dealing with other injuries this week as Geoff Swaim is still dealing with a concussion and sprained an ankle. Marqise Lee is out for the game as well. Dede Westbrook is questionable. On the other side of the injury report, Josh Oliver has been cleared to play in the first game of his NFL career.
"“We have a plan for everything – if Josh is ready to go if he is not ready to go. I thought Seth went in there on Sunday and made a really nice catch for us there on third down, diving to make a play, which gave us a chance to go for it there on fourth down,” DeFilippo said.“He’s continuing to get better and learning the system obviously being a late arrival. He’s a smart guy, so it didn’t take him very long, but he is just getting accustomed to everything and we have to plan for everything.”"