Another tough season for dedicated Jacksonville Jaguars fans. It is evident in their last five seasons (16-59) that it is tough, but this one hurts more than the others. THIS was the season that the Jacksonville Jaguars were predicted to take the next step in becoming a playoff contending team. Returning all of the talent from a season ago, adding depth to each side of the football through free-agency, and receiving the highest grade in the draft turned some heads of big names in the football world. I was one of them (however, I am not a big name...yet).
Despite the commitment to the run game, the Jaguars still fell short against the Buffalo Bills; losing 28-2. Jacksonville's biggest weakness was giving up plays over 15+ yards today. The Buffalo Bills had four of them; two resulted in touchdowns. It is also how you out-gain a team in net rushing years (183-153) and win the time-of-possession battle (33:35; 26:25) and still lose the game. This game can be summed up in one phrase, "A tough pill to swallow".
The Denver Broncos come to Jacksonville next Sunday for the week 13 matchup.
When looking at his numbers for last season, one shouldn't fall for the smoke n' mirror allusion that numbers provide . The Jaguars had "outstanding" passing numbers last season because they were trailing A LOT. Therefore, passing numbers increase - opposing defenses play "zone" or "prevent" defenses. Numbers begin to inflate. My thought is by establishing a run game and freeze the linebackers and safeties, you would allow more throwing "holes" in the defense. Improving the offensive line and running game may be their first priority once the offseason comes along. They have a formidable defense that needs time to develop (they are extremely young).
To say Blake Bortles is "your guy" means to have complete faith in him. I'd say that too if I spent a third overall pick on him; But don't lie to yourself. You are only hurting the franchise if you do. I wrote an early article showing support for Bortles. However, I need him to give me a reason to. If he continues to struggle as much as he has, how much more can I defend him?
The Jacksonville Jaguars will travel 1,013 miles to take on the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Both teams are extreme surprises this season: Jacksonville being a disappointment and Detroit playing much better than predicted by nearly every expert. A tale of two different seasons. One team has a potential MVP candidate at quarterback in Matthew Stafford and the other has undeveloped, underperforming Blake Bortles. Detroit is atop their division while Jacksonville is at the bottom. Amidst all this, I think it is going to be a much closer game than people anticipate.