The Jacksonville Jaguars lost 31-7 to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 8. It would be one thing if they had made it competitive and kept things close. After all, moral victories aren’t great but they could have shown they were playing to the best of their capacities. Instead, they nearly got shut down and looked overmatched for most of the game.
Simply, the Jags should have won this one. The Seahawks had lost three consecutive games ahead of Week 8 and were without star quarterback Russell Wilson. Since taking over, Geno Smith had been nothing to write about but Jacksonville made him look like an elite passer.
After the game, head coach Urban Meyer met with the local media and said he didn’t expect the game to go the way it did.
"We’re just disappointed. Obviously, we’ve got to play better, we’re gonna prepare better. And I didn’t see that come. I saw a good week of practice, freshened up from a bye week and go down 14-nothing."
Meyer said the team had decent practice in the days ahead of the game but that didn’t seem the case. The team looked undisciplined and committed 12 penalties, one of which nullified an interception by cornerback Tre Herndon.
Either Meyer underestimate the level of competition or didn’t prepare well for the game. Neither explanation reflects well on him. Regardless of the talent level on the roster, good teams don’t get penalized a staggering as many times as the Jags did Sunday. There are several players whose execution was lacking but things such as having 12 players on the field at the same time fall on the coaching staff.
Next are other observations from Meyer’s sitdown with the local media and some of the comments some Jaguars players said after the game.