Jaguars Defense, Some Kind of Bad

Jack Del Rio displays the gag reflex, of which all Jaguars fans have done all year in response to the defense.


The Jacksonville Jaguars defense has been bad all season. It's a unit we knew would be bad heading into the season. I've held off on teeing off on the defense for that very reason, but everyone has a breaking point. I've reached mine.

This Jacksonville Jaguars defense is some kind of bad.

A lot of us thought that this Jaguars defense just needed a pass rush. It was a wide belief that improving the pass rush would trickle out to the rest of the defense and improve coverage. It makes sense right? Lessening the time the quarterback has to throw lessens the time to cover and should in turn lessen a quarterback's ability to take the Jaguars defense behind the woodshed, right?

Nope.

Jaguars Defensive Area Stat Rank
Yards Per Game 382.1 30th
Points Per Game 29.9 31st
Passing Yards Per Game 253.1 27th
Rushing Yards Per Game 129 25th
Opposing QB Rating 113 31st
20+ Yard Passing Plays 28 32nd
40+ Yard Passing Plays 9 32nd
Rushing Touchdowns Allowed 10 31st
Passing Touchdowns Allowed 16 32nd
3rd Down % 47 31st

As you can see... It's bad. It's bad all over.

I harp so much on the offense because we knew the defense would be bad, as I said. Anyone who watched the pre-season knew that. I don't think any of us expected the offense to struggle how it has, but that only makes a bad defense exponentially worse. The Jaguars offense is in the bottom half of the NFL in 3rd percentage on offense, and when you combine bad 3rd down plays on offense with the inability to get off the field on third down... It's a recipe for disaster.

To be quite honest, looking at all the hard numbers it's astonishing the Jaguars are 3-4.

What makes this even worse and the "Fire Del Rio" crowd louder is the fact that Jack Del Rio is calling the defense.

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