I was very excited to watch what I thought could be a very positive showing by the Jaguars against the Jets. While I won't say the showing was atrocious, as it certainly got exciting at the very end, it was certainly not a positive showing. In the end, a few questions and thoughts come to mind when I reflect on this game.
- Will the real run defense please stand up? - It seems that following halftime, a new unit came out. First drive NYJ get after the half, and they proceed to run it down the Jags' throat. Pitiful showing by the run defense. I consistently saw players on the Jag D-Line just get schooled by the Jets' O-Line on that drive. Folliwing that drive, things did not get much better. In the end, I wonder which half is the anomaly. I just find it so hard to believe that the Jags linemen were so worn out from their excellent effort in the first half.
- How does this team move forward, beyond this season, relying upon Henne to potentially contribute? - argue with me all you want, but that Houston game seems to be quite the outlier for him. While I will agree if you argue that a lot of what we are seeing is his O-Line not doing him any favors, there is still a seeming lack of pocket presence in many instances, and at this point, I think it is unacceptable for him to at times just seem so clueless in the pocket. I have been an advocate of moving forward with Gabbert and Henne, and only addressing O-Line this offseason, but soon enough I may change my mind.
- This might be incorrect, but from what I am seeing, it seems like this Jaguar team almost exclusively runs between the tackles. On a bunch of occasions, I noticed the Jets run some very nice "sweep" type plays, and I cannot say I recall the Jags running "outside" at all. I think in general, this is part of a larger issue this team has with the offensive playcalling. I know it is always easy to blame playcalling, but with 5 minutes left and down 7, you run on 1st and 2nd down on your own side of the field?!
- What is with this team and dropping balls? - Kevin Elliot is obviously the standout in this regard as he dropped some important passes that were insanely catchable balls. I am not exactly how you prevent drops as a coach, but I hope Sullivan knows how he can do that. If so, Elliot might actually be a solid receiver for this team in the future.
- Montell Owens is not a bad RB - I liked what I saw today. While he obviously is not MJD, and in the end is probably best suited as a ST ace, I am glad that he can be a contributor at RB if absolutely needed.
- Injuries really do suck!! While a healthy Jags team this year is still at best a 5-6 win team, the absence of certain key players is definitely noticeable.