Only nine times in franchise history have the Jaguars performed worse in pass protection than they did in Sunday’s loss to Cincinnati, allowing six sacks. The team record is eight sacks, set in back-to-back games in 2001. The Bengals started the game with a sack of Blaine Gabbert and nearly finished with one — Gabbert went down on the Jaguars’ second-to-last play from scrimmage. "We have to do better, obviously, as a line, as an entire group protecting," center Brad Meester said Monday at EverBank Field. "We take that on our shoulders."
Coach Mike Mularkey continued to look at the future with rose-colored glasses Monday even though the Jaguars are 1-3 at the quarter pole for the second consecutive year. "I’ve never gone in doubting," Mularkey said Monday while reviewing the Jaguars’ 27-10 loss Sunday to the Cincinnati Bengals, their second lopsided home defeat this season. With a home game coming up against Chicago on Sunday followed by a bye and then a two-game road trip to Oakland and Green Bay, the Jaguars are in danger of being out of the playoff hunt by November if they don’t turn things around quickly.
Paul Posluszny gets that it’s not easy to hear. But Posluszny, the Jaguars’ middle linebacker, said while those who follow the Jaguars may not want to hear about "staying the course" following three losses in the first four games, that’s really the only approach that can be taken. The Jaguars believe in what they do, Posluszny said. They know what they do well. To do anything else, Posluszny said, makes little sense. "I wish I could give you a great answer, you know what I mean?" Posluszny told reporters Monday, a day after the Jaguars’ 27-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals at EverBank Field Sunday.
Jaguars guard Uche Nwaneri saw it pretty simply. The Jaguars on Sunday allowed six sacks to the Cincinnati Bengals, and Nwaneri said breaking down the reasons wasn’t about listing countless reasons. "We just didn’t do a good job protecting Blaine," Nwaneri said. "If you look at the film, it’s pretty clear. We need to give him a little bit more time back there to get the ball out." Mularkey said the sacks were partly technique error, and partly communication error, adding that a lot of also was the offensive line not blocking the Bengals one on one.