The Jacksonville Jaguars are not a good football team. The Jacksonville Jaguars do not have a good coaching staff. The Jacksonville Jaguars should not be favored in any game for the rest of the season.
Why? Because today the Jacksonville Jaguars just lost Matt Hasselbeck and one of the worst teams in football.
Did we have injuries? Sure. So did they. In fact, it was their quarterback. Who were we missing? A pass rusher? Our third-best receiver? A right guard?
Cool story, bro.
There are no excuses for gifting a team their only touchdown with five penalties for 52 yards on a single drive. Were the refs bad today? Sure. The Jermey Parnell hold was questionable. The Telvin Smith late hit on the sidelines was a cupcake. The Colts committed pass interference on Allen Robinson several times.
I don't give a shit.
You don't lose to Matt Hasselbeck. You don't go an entire second half and two overtime possessions without a single point. You don't give Matt Hasselbeck a zone defense to pick apart.
Blake Bortles looked good at times. He played loose in the first half. Smart, even. He made better pre-snap reads throughout the game and even better throws to his receivers. Speaking of receivers, Allen Hurns is arguably the most improved player on this team from last year. He was Bortles' primary receiver in Marqise Lee's absence, with 11 catches for 116 yards and one touchdown.
The run game game looked mediocre through the first three quarters, with T.J. Yeldon routinely stuffed in the early part of the game. Until the fourth quarter, his longest run was just 10 yards. But he finished with 105 carries on 22 carries. Good for him.
But we couldn't score touchdowns. We either settled for field goals or committed enough penalties to put us out of range for even that. We committed 13 of them today for 92 yards.
The defense is concerning. Paul Posluszny is a liability in pass protection and the front four got virtually zero pressure on Matt Hasselbeck as he was protected by a sub-par offensive line. The secondary was okay. But when you're okay against Matt Hasselbeck, you aren't actually good, so who cares?
There are no playmakers on this defense. There are guys who flash. James Sample did some nice things. Telvin did too. But no one is consistently good. You've had three drafts and three free agency periods. Why is that?
That Telvin play at the end. How did that Telvin play happen? How did Coby Fleener get so wide open? How did we let Matt Hasselbeck arm punt a 26-yard pass to him. How did we stuff Frank Gore all game and then allow him to get 22 of his 53 total yards on the game-losing field goal?
Gus Bradley will be fired soon. Maybe Bob Babich too. I don't know if Dave Caldwell will. They'll probably give him one more head coach to see if his roster is just bad or mismanaged. Probably not. This roster isn't very good.
We expected this Year 1. We justified it Year 2.
It's Year 3. You don't lose to Matt Hasselbeck in Year 3.