The Jaguars have a stud in running back James Robinson, and it’s fair to wonder why he isn’t getting a bigger workload. It’s possible that he hasn’t fully recovered from the heel injury he suffered in Week 8. Urban Meyer said as much after the game but you want to give your best players the ball as often as possible and the coaching staff hasn’t done it with the second-year running back.
Robinson still got 17 carries against the Falcons, more than the previous two weeks but he should have gotten even more despite the fact that he lost a fumble. You could also make the case you should have been on the field during the Jags’ last drive of the first half.
The second-year running back lost a fumble in the second quarter but that doesn’t justify the decision to keep him off the field during key moments, such as the Jags’ drive before halftime. Dare Ogunbowale couldn’t come down with a pass that would have given the Jaguars a touchdown. Robinson might have caught it.
Meyer was asked why Robinson didn’t partake in the drive. He said he doesn’t micromanage the game and you would have to ask either offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and running backs coach Bernie Parmalee why the sophomore wasn’t on the field. The head coach added that if Carlos Hyde was on the field, it was for a good reason.
This isn’t the first time that Meyer says he doesn’t micromanage the roster, which is not what you want to hear from your head coach. He’s supposed to make sure the team is running smoothly and that hasn’t always been the case with the Jags this season.
It would be one thing if the Jaguars were having success on the field but that’s not the case. It’s clear Meyer’s approach isn’t working and he needs to make adjustments. It remains to be seen if he will do it. The clock is ticking.