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Random thoughts of mine following the win



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I began writing this post thinking the Colts were going to pull out the win. In the end, they did not, and as a result I do not need to go on about how much this loss hurts. In the end though, that play does not change the fact that today’s performance has raised some major questions about this Jaguars team, in my mind. I am not going to make these “overreaction claims” partly because I did not actually see today’s game, but even more importantly because overreacting is illogical.

The first question is “What is up with the passing attack?” With the exception of the 80 yard TD to Shorts, all I see is 10/21 for 155 yards. Take out the TD and that is a very disappointing (specifically against the Colts) 9/20 for 75 yards. Was the protection just atrocious? If this is the case, was it just lucky that BG was only sacked once? Is it possible that Gabbert just is not ever going to amount to a whole lot more than this caliber QB in the NFL? Is this on the wide receivers? I am not impatient, but the preseason (and even Week 1) Gabbert has me itching for those 200+ yard games and 50+% completion rate.

The second question was mentioned last week in my GM post, and that is “What is up with this missing pass rush?” I do see that ESPN credits 7 QB hits to the Jags defense, but I am still somewhat apprehensive to see 0 sacks. I am thinking that the Jags should have been able to get one or two just because of the battered offensive line the Colts were putting out there.

The third question is a broader approach to the second question, specifically “What is up with the reigning #6 defense in the NFL?” Cox was back, and I was definitely expecting this pass defense to look a whole lot better. 313 passing yards from Luck has me a bit disappointed in the effort. I assume Ross was bad as usual, but I still feel like Luck should not have had the day he did.

I am going to close by saying that this game has convinced me that this 2012 Jaguars team, even when totally healthy, are still not going to be competitive enough to make a run at a wildcard spot. As I mentioned in my post last week, I think that this team needs to STRONGLY consider bringing in a new GM. In addition to that, I am seriously starting to wonder if Gabbert is the QB that this franchise really wants leading them into the future. I have little doubt in my mind that he is not an atrocious football player, but I am starting to doubt whether he can be as effective as we would want from him. In my mind, I think he definitely should be given this year and next, but everything considered, I would have no qualms about looking at a first round QB in the 2014 draft if Gabbert does not start to look better in regular season action.


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