With the Jaguars long eliminated from the playoffs, the only thing left to hope for is improvement from the team. Particularly, improvement from Blaine Gabbert and the Jaguars offense.
While the defense allowed 350 yards passing from Matt Hasselbeck, including 169 yards to Jared Cook (a new Titans receiving record for tight ends), it's hard to put too much blame on a unit that has been decimated by injuries as much as the Jaguars pass defense has. With pass rushers Matt Roth, Austen Lane, Aaron Kampman and John Chick out and defensive backs Rashean Mathis, Derek Cox, Dwight Lowery, William Middleton, Courtney Greene and Chris Prosinski out, Hasselbeck had his way.
But the most important silver lining was the play of Gabbert. While the performance still left plenty to be desired, anyone who believes that he has not improved over the course of the season is refusing to see it. On the third offensive possession of the game, Gabbert went 5 for 5 and led the Jaguars on an 82 yard drive down the field that resulted in a touchdown.
Gabbert still has a long way to go before he becomes a franchise quarterback that the Jaguars can rely on weekly, but the signs of improvement are certainly there and were evident in today's 23-17 loss. Oh and Maurice Jones-Drew is still a beast.