1. The Jacksonville Jaguars couldn’t get their passing game going.
Let’s get this one out of the way. You won’t win many football games if you can’t pass the ball. 30 or 40 years ago, you could get by with a good running back, a stout defense, and a serviceable game manager. That strategy no longer works in today’s NFL. To win nowadays, you have to be able to throw efficiently.
The Jaguars lost in Week 2 despite the fact that they were the first team to score, and a big reason was their inability to get their passing game going. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence went 14-of-33 yards for 118 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. You aren’t going to win many games with that kind of performance.
Yes, the Jags fell behind early, and the game plan might have not been the best but Lawrence himself conceded that he needs to play better, and he will. The Clemson Tiger just made his NFL start and he will have games like this past one every now and then. As long as they don’t become the norm, he and Jacksonville’s passing game will continue to get better.
Crafting a better game plan, one that enhances Lawrence’s strengths, should also help. That’s where the coaching staff comes in. They need to look back at his Clemson tape and add some of the concepts that helped him thrive during his collegiate years.
Call it being optimistic, but things are going to get better before they get worse, and Lawrence should continue to get better as the season progresses.