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Jaguars could shake up the defense against Chargers

After the first three games with the defense giving up chunks of yardage and points, expect some changes in the starting lineup against the San Diego Chargers.

Scott Cunningham

The Jacksonville Jaguars defense has been dreadful for the past 10 quarters of play. Since shutting out the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1 for the first half, the defense has been a sieve hemorrhaging yards and points. Part of that is the offense keeping the team off the field and part of it has been just poor play and missed assignments by the players in the starting lineup.

Expect some changes on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.

"Yeah, I think we need to take a look at that and see," Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said on Monday, in response to being asked about making changes in the back seven of the defense. "I’m very interested to see watching tape but also just to hear what they saw or see what they saw and how they explain themselves. It's pretty evident on tape so we're going to take a look at it and there may be a change."

Some easy areas to look at for a shakeup is in the secondary. Winston Guy has made quite a few mistakes operating as the deep safety, so an option could be to give second-year safety Josh Evans another go at the position. Evans played will in place of Cyprien (relatively) against Washington two weeks ago.

Dwayne Gratz has been up and down so far this season, making quite a few mental errors, so it's possible he could start the game on the bench with Demetrius McCray getting a start.

There should also be a shakeup at the linebacker position, but the questions will be how to shake it up. Paul Posluszny has struggled through three games, getting picked on in coverage and overrunning run fits letting big plays happen. The problem there is the options are limited. It's hard to see the team bench Poslusnzy because there's no real viable alternative, unless the team slides LaRoy Reynolds inside, but he's also had his fair share of mistakes.