After last week’s loss to the Houston Texans (2-4) the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5) made note of their willingness to hold players accountable for their performance. That’s well and good but only if it is a genuine attempt and part of the process. Outside looking in, I do not think that this is the case.
CB Davon House did indeed give up big numbers to WR DeAndre Hopkins (10 catches, 148 yards, 2 touchdowns) but to have him taken out of the starting rotation for CB Dwayne Gratz is nothing more than lip service in my opinion. I am looking at it from this regard; the team has struggled on defense all season. Where was the accountability in week 3 or 4 when the defensive ends were not getting pressure? Where was the accountability the last few weeks when starters were missing tackle after tackle? Why wait to be “accountable” until any shot of at least being mathematically able to be in playoff conversations has fizzled away?
Listen, the Jaguars are on the rise but they are nowhere near where they were advertised to be in this stage of the rebuild. I think they hear the noise from the fans a little bit and made this move moreso to appease the fans than to send a message to the team that lousy play will not be tolerated. If that is the case, then they have plenty more players to place on the bench before tomorrow’s game against the Buffalo Bills (3-3) at Wembley Stadium, which will not happen.
Speaking of the Bills, they are a banged up football team that is limping into this game. They are missing their starting QB, WR, RG, RT, and DT. The Jaguars cannot, CANNOT, lose this game and then talk about accountability. The team has struggled mightily in the second half against opponents for the past 2 years. To do so against a team who will be without almost half of their starting offense will be inexcusable (yes, just like the loss to the Colts and the Texans this season)
Yes, accountability is needed but these losses are on more than the players. The scheming, the lack of adjustments and being outcoached have also played a part in the Jaguars’ struggles this season. Lose this game if you want to against yet another struggling team. Lose it if you want to.
This schedule has been as easy as it gets in the NFL to this point and the Jaguars have not even been able to look average. They have not even looked average. What accountability has there been to this point? None in my opinion. Lets hope that changes.
Thanks for reading, let me know what you think. God bless.