The Jacksonville Jaguars fell to the Philadelphia Eagles 28-3 in a game that looked far worse than the final score indicated.
Where do I even begin?
I didn't think it was possible for David Garrard to have a worse day than he did throwing 4 interceptions in San Diego, but he did. He only threw one interception on Sunday, but he just looked far worse. He looks like he's playing with absolutely no confidence whatsoever. For most of the day, he couldn't hit the broad side of a barn.
"This is definitely a tough pill to swallow. It was really embarrassing out there. Our fans deserve more than that; this team, this organization deserves more than that. We definitely have to right the ship and right it fast," said Garrard after the game.
It was an embarrsing performance and the team knows it. "I think personally for me it’s just embarrassing, I think it’s embarrassing for everybody. I think everybody feels the same way I do, they might express it differently but just talking to the guys after the game it’s just ridiculous. We can’t go out and we start on drives or we’ll get something going and something will break down, we can’t have that. So it’ll be good. It has to be good tomorrow. There’s no if, ands, or buts about it," Maurice Jones-Drew said after the game.
Defensively the Jaguars are going to get killed by the fans, but I don't think they were all that bad. They once again gave up a quick touchdown drive before half time, but even with that drive it was only 14-3 at half time. Until that point the Jaguars had pretty much kept Michael Vick in check. Vick's only real play was a pretty drop in pass to DeSean Jackson, who made a great catch and tip toed the sideline to stay in bounds and score. Other than that, the Eagles offense was stagnant. As the game went on however, the defense broke down and the points and yards began to flow.
Like I said last week, we know the defense isn't going to win football games for this team, but damn they tried yesterday. They weren't great, but they held up until the midway point in the second half and just broke. They did hit Vick 10 times and sacked him three, he was still able to light them up for 4 total touchdowns. The secondary once again got lit up all day giving up long gains in the air. Derek Cox sat on the bench and watched David Jones do his best Derek Cox impression. Sean Considine did a good job in run defense, but was late on many long passes down the field.
Terrance Knighton, Tyson Alualu, and Aaron Kampman all showed up on the defensive line making plays and harassing the quarterback, but it wasn't enough.
It wasn't all the defense and Garrard though, the offensive line didn't play very well and got worse as the game went on.
Eben Britton got beat like a drum yesterday at right tackle. Monroe wasn't much better in the second half, but you have to consider the circumstance in the second half. The Eagles were up by 2-3 touchdowns and just pinned their ears back knowing the Jaguars had to throw the ball. That's a tough assignment for any offensive tackle. Garrard in the game was hit 11 times and sacked 6 times, though 2-3 of those sacks were on Garrard holding on to the football. Still though, you can't let your quarterback get hit 11 times.
Maybe it's just me, but David Garrard looks shot. He's playing with no ergency and no confidence. He looks lost. The quarterback situation is so bad right now, Garrard finished out the football game. I'm a big time critic of David Garrard, but in the last two weeks he's looked way worse than even I imagined he could.
Help is not on the way. Hang on guys and gals, the road's gonna be bumpy.