Despite changes, more of the same for Jaguars in loss | jacksonville.com
It was supposed to be a night of change for the Jaguars on Monday night. There were fans wearing fake mustaches in the stands in honor of prospective owner Shahid Khan. There was Mel Tucker hugging his father on the sidelines in his first game as interim head coach.
The one number that concerned Maurice Jones-Drew most on Monday night was nine — the number of losses for the Jaguars following San Diego’s methodical 38-14 victory at EverBank Field. For all the things that continued to go wrong for the Jags, especially in the secondary, Jones-Drew continued to do his part. His 97 rushing yards gave him the lead in the NFL, and his 91 yards in receptions were a team-best.
The toll taken on the Jaguars defense by the loss of their top three outside defensive backs showed on Monday night against the San Diego Chargers. The Jaguars lost the game 38-14, with San Diego’s talented receivers taking advantage of the Jaguars’ cornerbacks. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers completed 22-of-28 passes for 294 yards and three touchdowns before the Chargers pulled him in the fourth quarter.
Blaine Gabbert knew it wasn’t enough, and knew it wasn’t close. That went for the whole Jaguars team Monday night, an emotional night at EverBank Field that began with energy, excitement and enthusiasm and ended with the Jaguars insisting it was no time for excuses, no time for explanations.
This wasn’t what Mel Tucker wanted; his players, either. And not only wasn’t this even close to what the Jaguars’ players wanted from a nationally televised game Monday against the San Diego Chargers – a game that began with as much edge and energy as has been felt around EverBank this season – it sure wasn’t what they expected, either.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- After a news-filled week with change, the Jaguars took the field for "Monday Night Football" and promptly proved talent trumps everything. Depleted at cornerback and ineffective rushing quarterback Philip Rivers, Jacksonville allowed the Chargers' quarterback to find big plays all night. He missed on only 6 of 28 passes and threw for 294 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-14 win that ended San Diego's six-game losing streak and snapped the Jaguars’ hopes that a new coach could quickly change their course.