The Jacksonville Jaguars lost 23-13 to the Denver Broncos in Week 2 despite the fact that they were the first team to put points on the scoreboard. So what exactly went wrong? Was it the offense? Not enough talent? Or maybe inadequate coaching? Head coach Urban Meyer told the local media that he believes the team as a whole has to perform better.
"It’s an ‘us’ issue. We got to make some plays we have to do a lot of things better as a team. And that includes when I say team, it’s always us. The one thing I’ll never do is take the player and do that or a coach and do that but do we have to get better. We’re 0-2."
It would have been great to see Meyer hold himself accountable. After all, he oversees the whole team, and their success (or lack thereof) falls on him. On the other hand, it’s not his fault that quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw a couple of interceptions or kicker Josh Lambo missed two field-goal attempts.
Not everything is gloom and doom though. The team committed fewer penalties (seven) than last week (ten). Also, the defense made several stops and return specialist Jamal Agnew scored a touchdown on a 102-yard touchdown.
Nevertheless, the Jaguars have their work cut off. The skilled-position players dropped several passes and the team hasn’t been able to get the running game going in the last two weeks. The coaching staff will need to go back to the drawing board to try to find out why Lawrence struggled on Sunday.
During his sitdown with the local media, Meyer acknowledged the Jaguars are a work in progress and apologized to the fans for the team’s performance, and thanked them for sticking with them.
"Don’t give up on us hang in there with us, we’re gonna get better and the one thing about Jacksonville and go to sleep knowing there’s not going to be any group work harder to get this thing flipped."
This is a young Jaguars’ team in the first year of a rebuild. You will be hard-pressed to find someone who thought they would be a playoff contender in 2021. Heck, winning seven or eight games would constitute a successful season but something in the range of four to six looks more realistic at this point.