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Jack Del Rio doesn't have a problem with how the Texans play |
Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio didn't seem to understand why all of a sudden defensive tackle Terrance Knighton and defensive end Jeremy Mincey were upset with the Texans' offensive line. "I don’t have a problem with the way they play," Del Rio said of the Houston Texans. "I think they play the same way every time. Their line, that’s how they’ve always blocked. That’s what they do. That’s really not new news to me. It shouldn’t be to them. They’ve played them enough in their career. We know what we’re getting when we play those guys."

Gabbert, Jaguars will try to find passing game during bye week |
The numbers tell the story of rookie Blaine Gabbert's rocky first six starts as an NFL quarterback in the wake of the Jaguars' 24-14 loss in Houston Sunday. He is the 33rd ranked quarterback in a 32-team league with a passer rating of 62.0. He also ranks 33rd in completion percentage (45.7) and average yards per attempt (5.24).


QB Wars: A New Hope | Jaguars Blog
If you asked most Jaguars fans what they thought the team’s record going in to the bye week would be, I’d wager most would’ve gone with 5-3.  Even without David Garrard at the helm, the team still looked to have a much-improved defense, led by free agent signings Paul Posluszny, Dawan Landry, and Clint Session.  They still had star running back Maurice Jones-Drew and Pro Bowl tight end Marcedes Lewis.  They still had a stellar run-blocking group, led by guard Uche Nwaneri and outstanding lead blocker Greg Jones.  The team would play a ball-control style of offense similar to the 2007 playoff team, and the defense would keep them in the game long enough to pull out the win.  With the Colts out of the division title picture due to Peyton Manning’s injury, the stars seemed to all be falling into place for the 2011 Jacksonville Jaguars.


What we learned
Here’s what we learned in the Jaguars’ 24-14 loss to the Houston Texans Sunday. Some of it’s good. Some of it’s bad. But here it is . . . 1)The defense is good. Very good. After eight games, this is no fluke. The unit played well enough to win and even created scoring opportunities for the offense. It doesn’t make up for 2-6, but it’s a remarkable turnaround.


Still fighting
Jack Del Rio’s not quitting on the season. "You know how I feel about that," the Jaguars’ head coach said when asked Monday his outlook for the rest of the season. "Until you drive a stake through me, I’m going to always fight for every inch."


Mincey's complaint needs name attached - AFC South Blog - ESPN
Some Jaguars have a beef with the way the Texans play. Let’s set aside that it comes off like sour grapes after a loss and that, per Tania Ganguli of the Times-Union, Jack Del Rio said Monday he has no issue with how Houston plays. I’ve got a different issue with the complaints of Terrance Knighton and Jeremy Mincey: Why speak vaguely about offenses committed against you rather than name names?

Monday Musings: Redskins have offensive issues -

The Jaguars might not admit it, but they have to be concerned with rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert. He has thrown for less than 100 yards each of the past two games and has completed 45-percent of his passes for the season. Gabbert's troubles are his mechanics. He doesn’t set his feet when he throws. He also has a tendency to feel pressure when it's not there and he doesn't step up into the pocket to avoid real pressure. Some in the organization think it's only a matter of changing the coaching staff, especially the way he's coached, to get him to improve. There's a feeling in the organization that he's not getting taught the proper fundamentals. Did losing quarterbacks coach Mike Shula to Carolina hurt? Shula has done a nice job with Cam Newton, so you have to wonder - Jaguars rookie QB Gabbert needs more help from playmakers

One week ago, the Jaguars shocked the Ravens by masking their anemic offense with dominant performances on defense and special teams. On Sunday against the Texans, a superior offensive club to Baltimore's, the "D" played well enough to win, getting a pair of takeaways and keeping the Texans' high-powered attack at bay most of the afternoon. But rookie QB Blaine Gabbert continued to look lost, managing just a 26.7 passer rating in a 24-14 defeat. The Jaguars' latest disappointment leaves them at 2-6 entering the bye, desperately in search of something, anything, to hang their hats on offensively.