The Jacksonville Jaguars couldn't handle the San Francisco 49ers at home and lost 34-3. While calling the loss a disappointment or an embarrassment would be accurate, head coach Doug Pederson would rather call it a humbling experience.
Pederson told the local media after the game that he believed the team was ready but failed to execute early on and things snowballed from there.
"I thought the team was ready. We failed to execute on the opening drive defensively and we failed to execute on the opening drive offensively," Pederson said. That's the part that is disappointing because these guys were ready to go. To have the lack of execution like we did during the football game kind of snowballed from there.
Pederson acknowledges the loss is a humbling experience and the Jaguars must find out what's holding them back. On the other hand, he points out that they have a bit of time left to figure things out.
"We obviously got to look at ourselves in the mirror and figure and figure some things out, especially here at home, three or four games that are not very good. I guess the beauty of everything is that we still sit in the driver's seat, we're 6-3 and still a lot of football ahead. Great opportunity. This was definitely a humbling experience, "Pederson said.
The Jaguars were tied for the best record in the AFC before their BYE. Also, they were riding a five-game streak but the 49ers put an end to it. From the get-go, San Francisco set the tone. They first stopped the Jacksonville offense and then showed they could move the ball at ease at a visiting stadium.
Although the Jags got a bit of momentum in the second quarter, they had a full collapse after halftime. The defense could no longer contain Brock Purdy and the 49ers offense and the offense turned the ball over four times. Speaking of Purdy, he kept his cool even though Trevor Walker and Josh Allen consistently brought the heat. The sophomore quarterback finished the game with 296 yards three touchdowns and no interceptions.
This is noteworthy because Purdy had thrown five picks and just three touchdowns in his last three starts. Meanwhile, Trevor Lawrence went 7-of-29 for 185 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions.
In the end, the 49ers finished with 437 total yards on offense while Jacksonville mustered 221 yards. and a 25 percent success rate on third downs. Here's Pederson's exchange with the media.
The Jaguars cannot let the beatdown they got from the 49ers linger
There's no way to sugarcoat it. The Jacksonville Jaguars were outright bad in Week 10. They were outplayed and didn't seem ready despite the fact that they were coming off their BYE and had two weeks to prepare. Conversely, the 49ers were riding a three-game losing skid but showed up at EverBank ready to roll.
As Doug Pederson noted, this isn't the end of the world. The Jags have ample time to fix the issues that are holding them back but they most definitely need to start operating with a sense of urgency. The Houston Texans have gotten hot after starting the season 2-1. They've won three straight and just beat the playoff-bound Cincinnati Bengals.
While Jacksonville remains at the top of the division, they have just a one-game lead, which could evaporate if they lose to the Tennessee Titans in Week 11.
Going back to the loss to the 49ers, it stings. All losses do but it should be a reminder for the Jaguars that they must keep working hard if they want to permanently join the conversation as one of the top teams in the league.
The bottom line is that the loss to the San Francisco 49ers wasn't pleasant but if the Jacksonville Jaguars can get back on track and finish strong, it will be retroactively seen as just a footnote of their 2023 season.