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Built to Fall

 

As I was sitting in the bar this fine Sunday afternoon, I was thinking is this the day that the Jaguars break the cycle and win a game and pull themselves to a 2-3 record.  Actually let's rewind and think about things before this season, we alll found out that Manning would be out for at least a couple months after receiving multiple neck surgeries, thus throwing the AFC South into a kind of whirlpool of anybody could win it.  Most Jaguars fans felt like we had the right tools to win the division with Manning out and C2K holding out till the last week of the season.  Then the first major bomb struck home, David Garrard was released to the surprise of much of the fan base myself included.  The move made some sense, JDR knew he had to win and win now in order to keep his job for much longer and felt that Gabbert gave him the best chance to do that, and after that first victory against the Titans many thought it was a smart move, Gabbert wasn't amazing, but he managed the game well and led the Jaguars to a 1-0 record, but then it was just downhill from there.  A week 2 match up against the Jets could show the world that the Jaguars were for real and could take the reigns of the AFC South but instead the offense sputtered scoring a WHOLE 3 points.  The defense did their damnest to try and keep the team in the game and did the game was only 15-3 at half then the offense, just kept turning the ball over and couldn't put any points on the board, thus forcing the very tired defense onto the field time and time again.  Week 3 against the Panthers, many of us thought oh here we go a battle of rookie QBs, but if Blaine can keep the mistakes to a minimum we have a realistic chance, but again the offense failed to put points on the board in the  second half  allowing Cam Newton to eventually make plays against a tired defense.  Week 4 pitted us against the Saints in a game which I didn't have high hopes for at all, but we came out and looked like a team ready to break this losing streak and win a game, but instead we scored all of 10 points, but held the high powered Saint offense to 23 points, a game that we could have won, but instead made poor offensive decisions.  Now we arrive at Week 5 against the Cincinnati Bengals a game that i thought FINALLY we're going to win, early in the game we looked real good driving the ball and finally pounded the ball in for a TD with MJD, but we allowed Andy Dalton to nickle and dime is way down the field for a Bengals TD, so the game was tied 7-7.  Jacksonville got the ball and had to punt after 6 plays, but then Landry grabbed a INT and ran it back to the 2 yard line, the FUCKING 2 yard line, but we couldn't punch the GODDAMN ball into the end zone for a TD.  This drive I want to point somethings out, first of all i don't know what it is, but Gabbert does not have any chemistry with M.Lewis and I don't know why, last season Garrard and Lewis were best friends and it showed on the field as Lewis was an amazing safety valve for Garrard and it paided off as Lewis went to the Pro Bowl, but this season Lewis has been a non factor in the lackluster passing game.  On that first and goal with Gabbert, he rolled out on the bootleg and had Lewis but lofted the ball a little too much to him and Lewis couldn't make a catch.  On second and goal, MJD tried to run the ball to the left side but was pushed back for a 3 yard loss, and on third down Gabbert threw the ball to Mike Thomas who was immediately thrown out of bounds short of the goal line. The Jaguars kicked a 19 yard FG and then the defense came out fired up and pushed the Bengal back with a Chick sack and drove the ball down the field once again.  On first down, Gabbert thinking he was Superman ran the ball to the left side and gained two yards, on second down Gabbert's pass was incomplete and on third down Gabbert threw a desperation check down pass to Karim that netted one yard.  Let me remind you this drive began on the Bengals 5 yard line, what the FUCK happened to good old Jaguar run it up the gut football?!?  There are a few things that I would like to bring up.  Like I mentioned before the chemistry issues between Gabbert and Lewis which I already touched upon so I won't talk about that, the simple fact that Gabbert doesn't look comfortable with the speed of the game yet, it doesn't help that he doesn't have a WR corps worth a shit and the offensive line that hasn't had a chance to bond, the offensive line is something that I do want to touch upon.  When the year started most people thought that the starting offensive line would be from left to right, Monroe, Rackley, Meester, Manuawi  and Britton, well Rackley has been benched because he's having a hard time adjusting to the speed of the game which isn't too surprising since he played at small school, Meester is just getting old so it's time for a change there and I believe either Rackley or Nahweri will replace him by the end of the season, Manuawi was released due to injury and he showed up to camp terribly out of shape, so Britton (who missed the first couple of games because he decided to squat 400+ pounds without a weight belt) has taken over at RG and Guy Whimper who was suppose to fill in as our swing tackle is now in the starting lineup at RT.  Another issue is the WR corps, when the season started we were banking on the fact that Jason Hill would step up and be the "deep" threat WR for us, Jason Dillard would stay healthy and become a threat and Cecil Shorts III would become quickly adjusted to the speed of the game and become our Pierre Garcon.  Well none of these things have happened, Mike Thomas is getting doubled covered in most situations because he's our most proven WR, we're quickly learning why Hill was released by the 49er's and passed through the waiver wire, Dillard or Shorts has yet to prove they can contribute to the offense in the future, yet they get somewhat of a pass since their still young, as Shorts is a rookie and Dillard hasn't been healthy since we drafted him in the 4th round a couple of seasons ago.  Last but not least the same problem that has plagued us since the beginning of time, the lack of a pass rush.  Our leading sacker is Matt Roth who had a WHOPPING 2 sacks, then every other player on the team with a sack was either a LB or from the secondary, with the exception of John Chick and Jeremy Mincey who had sacks today against the Bengals.  Jaguar fans keep waiting for Aaron Kampman to come back from injury as if he's going to lead us to the golden pastures where the Jaguars will suddenly find a pass rush.  The Jaguars should just cut their losses with Kampman and move on and try and find people who are HEALTHY AND CAN PLAY!!!!!




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