I have let my emotions from the aftermath of yet another sub-par performance subside. There are good things to take away from the Jaguars’ performance but a loss is a loss is a loss is a loss… is a loss. Another defeat now leads to another week of speculating the types of changes this team needs to make and will make in the near future.
Before diving into that lets quickly recap what happened against the Texans yesterday.
- The Texans scored 21 points in the 4th quarter, even though the game was as good as over well before that point. Brian Hoyer was the latest quarterback that the Jaguars defense allowed to look great. What is wrong with the defense?
- There is still a noticeable absence of a pass rush and it does not seem to be something that is being addressed, again. There was progress with this area of the team last year, even though pressure was not as consistent as it should have been, but that has all but disappeared. Quarterback after quarterback have all day to throw the ball.
- The Jaguars have been docked 400 yards in penalties according to nflpenalties.com, which is tied for 29th in the league with the Saints.
- The Jaguars are only averaging 92.7 yards a game rushing the ball. Throw in the fact that Bortles was the leading rusher against the Texans with 37 yards, and it is apparent that this is a problem that needs to be fixed.
So what can the Jaguars do? They have one game remaining, against the Bills in London, before their bye week. What can they do in between now and then to at least appear to have fixed some of the team’s long-sustained ailments?
- Fire the coach? The Dolphins did it after they lost to the Jaguars and then they won against the Titans last week in pretty good fashion. It’s a popular topic and it’s hard to deny it being a possibility based on the team’s record over the past two plus years and the way they have looked at parts of this season. Should the Jaguars do so? That’s above my pay grade but something drastic has to happen. If not, I could definitely see a change in the coaching staff taking place and would not disagree with it in any way.
- Change the defensive scheme? The Jaguars’ defense just is not good. Collectively the unit is below-average at best (18th in yards allowed per game but 30th in points allowed per game). What can be changed to get the defense on the correct track? My estimation is pass rush. I don’t care how it’s done but it needs to happen. Send all 11 guys. Okay, don’t do that, but the scheme is not working with the players we have.
- Stop the silly penalties. It seems that the Jaguars have specialized in getting the wrong penalty at the wrong time. Stop it. It’s that simple.
- Run the ball. The Jaguars have to do a better job running the ball, especially with the pieces we have on offense. From what I have seen the team has become one-dimensional in games that are theoretically still in reach.
That’s all I have for now. What do you think we should do? Let me know what you think.